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Schwarma in Balto?

venera Feb 21, 2007 03:17 AM

The only place I've found schwarma is Al Pacino Cafe (AKA Cafe Isis) in Mt Vernon.

Not like the stuff I can get on the streets of NYC, but I'll take what I can get.

Anyone know of any other places where I can get a great schwarma in Charm City? I'd love to give them a try.


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    pomme de terre RE: venera Feb 21, 2007 09:09 AM

    They aren't in Baltimore just yet, but I love the (local) Lebanese Taverna chain. The Lebanese Taverna Cafe outside Annapolis does a nice schwarma. Mmmm, schwarma.

    Sorry, drifted off there. The LT is supposedly opening a branch in the Inner Harbor East, but something about the construction is really delayed. Le sigh.

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      pamd RE: venera Feb 21, 2007 10:59 AM

      are you only referring to the city? there are a few places in the county

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        venera RE: pamd Feb 21, 2007 11:14 AM

        Will travel for good shwarma, pamd! :) Please do share, as I'm willing to head out beyond the confines of Baltimore City proper.

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          pamd RE: venera Feb 21, 2007 02:02 PM

          Orchard Market & Cafe (Towson) has great food, pretty sure they have schwarma. Also, there is a place on Smith Avenue in Greenspring shoppping center called Mimi's Cafe that has it (but I haven't tried it there), not far off 83 (Mt Washington area). Kabob Hut in Towson is Middle Eastern and really good, but for some reason I'm not sure they have schwarma. Good Luck!

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        tartuffe RE: venera Feb 21, 2007 11:14 AM

        I know I sound like a rube (and I've even lived in NYC recently), but what is schwarma?

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          Hal Laurent RE: tartuffe Feb 21, 2007 12:06 PM


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          hon RE: venera Feb 21, 2007 12:28 PM

          Egyptian Pizza in Belvedere Square has Schwarma:


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            venera RE: hon Feb 22, 2007 06:52 AM

            Thanks, one and all, for your recommendations! I may head to Lebanese Taverna this weekend, as my better half will be working on his boat in Annapolis. Plus, it will give me memories of eating there in my DC days...

            But I will definitely check the others out. Thanks again!


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            greggersh RE: venera Feb 23, 2007 04:40 AM

            If you want AMAZING schwarma and are willing to travel, head over to Max's Kosher Cafe in Wheaton. The schwarma stand is manned by a Palestinian gentleman who does an amazing job. It is worth the trip.

            In Baltimore, Kosher Bite on Reisterstown Road has decent schwarma. Accents Grill (near Mimi's Cafe in the Greenspring Shopping Center) also has schwarma, but I haven't had it.

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              KOK RE: greggersh Mar 29, 2007 04:22 AM

              I'll second Kosher Bite. A good sandwich (pita) and they have a toppings bar from which you can choose a little or a lot of many different salads (they dish it up). A few miles inside the beltway, right next to Tov Pizza.



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              travelbuff RE: venera Feb 24, 2007 08:37 PM

              I second the reccomendation for Max's. And Lebanese Taverna is excellent in general--my favorite falafel and the best hummus.

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                sbgordon RE: venera Mar 27, 2007 06:18 AM

                Lebanese Taverna opened in the Harbor East last week!

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                  venera RE: sbgordon Mar 28, 2007 02:20 PM

                  Boo, it's only open for lunch on weekends! I was all set to go there for lunch today. *sigh* I'll just have to go for dinner instead.

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                  brewershillbilly RE: venera Mar 29, 2007 01:29 PM

                  Aladdin's Cafe on Lawrence Street (between Key Highway and Fort Avenue) in South Baltimore.

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                    Raokay RE: brewershillbilly Mar 29, 2007 08:24 PM

                    Alladin's is now called Key Pit Stop. They still serve a limited Middle Eastern menu, but it is no longer the focus. I haven't been there since the change several months ago... thay now also feature pit beef, cheesesteaks, etc. I don't know whether the ownership has changed or not.

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                    Joe_So_Cool RE: venera Mar 30, 2007 08:42 AM

                    Amers Cafe on Belair Road (just inside the beltway, in shopping center w/movie theater)does shwarma, brick oven pizza, curries and more.

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