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Best Shawarma in SF?

Who's got the best? I've read some good things about Taboun on Yelp.

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  1. I would definitely throw Old Jerusalem into the discussion.

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    Old Jerusalem
    2976 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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    1. re: Calvinist

      I went to Old Jerusalem about a year ago and my notes are "Shawarma was just OK, service was not very interested. It's definitely not on my list to go back.

      1. re: Mick Ruthven

        Concur, definitely concur.

        Chicken shwarma was good, tho.

    2. Truly Mediterranean.

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

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Wow. I just realized that this is the place I used to eat at waaaay back in the day when I worked at Muddy Waters. The owners were friends of my bosses, and so I was hipped to TM early on.

        Amazing food. I've only ever had shwarma there, but it was really, really tasty. I wish to god I still lived in SF...

      2. I second Old Jerusalem - everything I've had there is top notch. Best hummus in town, btw.

        1. Having been to both Truly Med and Old Jerusalem several times -- but Old Jerusalem a greater # of times for logistical reasons -- I'd say Truly Med is the better of the two for shawarma.

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          1. re: vinchar

            Based on just the shawarma, I would agree that TM is better than OJ. However, at OJ you can actually sit down in a relatively pleasant environment and the various spreads and sides that they prepare are excellent. So it really depends on what you are in the mood for.

            BTW, between TM and OJ are Ali Baba's on Valencia St. (@19th?) and Zanes on 24th (between Mission and Valencia), neither is nearly as good as either TM or OJ. However, there is a new Shawarma place opening across from City College on Valencia Street -- It could be a contender.

            1. re: SFDude

              I believe Zanes is closed or something.

              1. re: xanadude

                I walked by it yesterday and the space is definitely under going extensive renovations; unclear whether Zanes is going to reopen or whether something new is coming in.

          2. Ali Baba's on Haight has fantastic falafel, and the Shwarma is very tasty, but the lamb is sometimes badly edited and may contain gristle. They also have chicken Shwarma, but why bother?

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            1. re: mr_morcilla

              Chicken shawerma, if properly grilled and seasoned, is as good as any lamb or beef version. I've heard Taboun's chicken shawerma is very good. In Montreal, where Lebanese dominates the Middle Eastern cuisine, chicken is the most popular embodiment (event though they unaccountably call it shish taouk). Ditto New York, where "chicken and rice" carts are a popular term for the Halal street food vendors, even though they also offer lamb (one of the chicken rice carts won the Vendy award for street food vendors in 2006).