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Mar 13, 2009 11:00 AM

Rose International Market

I have passed by this little market near downtown Mountain View many times has anyone eaten here? If so what is a must order for a first timer?

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    1. I’m glad you asked before your first visit. You may like the food, and you will enjoy the experience more because you will know their unusual procedure for ordering and receiving your food.

      Make all your choices and selections from any department of the store before you go to the cash registers.

      One orders kabobs inside the store, at the cash registers. The cashier will use a microphone to get your order prepared in the grill room, and assign a number to your order. You will then proceed outside, to the back corner of the building, where the cooks will deliver your order through a window.

      The deli counter has a nice variety of cooked stews and rice specialties. They can also make sandwiches. This store has helpful butchers selling halal meats; a good supply of produce, with seasonal specialties; and a wide range of fresh, dried, or packaged foods.

      Because you didn’t mention any preferences, I’ll suggest both the chicken and koubideh (ground beef and lamb) kabobs. I usually get grilled tomatoes and onions also. You choose if you want your kabobs on rice or rolled in lavash bread as sandwiches. Either way, you should ask for the “greens” to add a nice fresh contrast … and ask them to shake on the sumac spice.

      Hope this helps. Let us know your opinions please.

      Rose International Market
      1060 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94040

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      1. re: anyhow

        "Anyhow" summed it up perfectly. I've eaten here many times and love it. The other thing to note is the seating is all outside on picnic tables. Not much in terms of ambiance, but the food is very good and cheap. I heartily second the koubideh on lavash with greens, grilled onion, grilled tomato, and a shake of sumac.