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Feb 7, 2008 05:50 AM

Shawarma, beef pepperoni, fried okra and hush puppies

Ok perhaps the most random list of things, but I have been on a food hunt for a while now, and realized maybe it's time for some assistance. I would love to find the following in the bay area:

Real shawarma, not weird gyro meat. I'm talking about all lamb on a skewer being roasted and freshly shaved for your sandwich. I would also prefer it served in pita bread, but for good shawarma I'll consider other options

Beef pepperoni, I don't eat pork, and have had beef pepperoni at Blondies, but I really don't like their pizza. would like to buy some myself so I could add it to my favorite takeout pizza, or make pizza at home. I know I could ask them, but I have this extreme paranoia that they are lying to me and it really is pork, rather not go there. I know, I got issues to work out

Finally I lived in Texas for a few months and loved getting brisket with a side of fried okra and hush puppies. In all the debates about BBQ on the board I haven't seen one place that has these sides offered. The BBQ does not have to be great, but that is a bonus.

Thanks and I'm excited to maybe find some of these things

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  1. I remember seeing frozen beef pepperoni pizzas at Samirari's Import on Mission near 26th.
    You could try Halal butcher shops and Whole Foods too for the actual beef pepperoni.

    I haven't tried it, but I've read good reviews about the fried okra at Cav that appears on the menu when it's in season. It's been on my list to try for a few years. Also, they had a chef change recently so I'm not sure if that will affect the okra.

    Although people say the Memphis Minnie's has good brisket, I have not found that to be the case. Haven't found any hush puppies to write home about except for an occasional sighting at higher end places like Town Hall, Maverick, etc. Good luck!

    1. Goood Frickin Chicken on 29th St. at Mission has "lamb shawerma" on their menu.

      Good Frikin Chicken (Goood Frikin’ Chicken
      )10 29th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      1. For good quality shawarma go here-
        203 Parnassus Ave. at Stanyan
        SF, CA 94117

        Goood Frikin’ Chicken
        # 10 – 29th Street
        S.F., CA 94110
        (Corner of Mission & 29th)

        Mama Lucy's Soulful Comfort Cuisine- might have fried okra I liked the collard greens and they offer bbq on thursday and friday , might need to confirm that.

        Southern Heritage Bar-B-Q & Fish- in Fremont has several sides don't remember the okra being on the menu but they make a good bbq pulled pork sandwich and red beans.
        Nellie's Soulfood Restaurant & Bar- Oakland has okra once a week on the menu

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        1. re: Lori SF

          Nellie's okra is not fried and as I recall (only ordered it once) it is mixed with boiled white potatoes. Not bad but not the cruncy pods I prefer. I like them whole as well ~ not cut in slices. The Marin farmers market has terrific okra in season, OP may be better served frying some at home. Totally of the topic, I really like the Talk of Texas pickled okra sold in a lot of local grocery stores.

        2. Turkish Kitchen in Berkeley has a lamb doner which is cooked on a spit and served with
          various breads.

          1. The best shawarma I've had is at Truly Mediterranean. It's all lamb except on Tuesday and Friday when it's all chicken (they have only one spit). It's served burrito-style in lavash, but they have pita on hand, maybe you could get that as a special order.

            I can't think of any barbecue place with a fryer. Some fried-chicken places have fried okra and hush puppies. Powell's Place, for one. They list BBQ ribs on their menu but they don't have a pit.


            Truly Mediterranean
            3109 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              The Mediterranean in Concord also does a good version, a good lunch stop if you have to visit the dark nether regions of Fry's Electronics.

              They used to have a location in Berkeley but that is now a Turkish place that has been reviewed elsewhere on this board, I haven't tried it.

              1847 Willow Pass Rd Ste B, Concord, CA 94520