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Döner Kebob anywhere, esp. in South Bend area?

Bada Bing Nov 30, 2009 09:17 AM

Ever since I spent a couple of years in Germany and got hooked on the Turkish Döner Kebab sandwiches, I've wondered if they are made anywhere in the States. I live in South Bend, so that's where I'll start the inquiry. (I also plan to visit Philly soon, but I guess that's an inquiry for another board.)

For those who don't know, these are somewhat like the much more available Greek-style shawarmas. Meat is thinly sliced, layered onto a vertical rotisserie, and cooked from the side, and then seared meat is shaved off to order from the stack. In Berlin, where I liked them best in Germany, the meat was shoveled into a bread that was more raised than pita, and it was garnished with chopped lettuce, sliced cabbage, onions, and maybe tomato, and we would typycally use a spicy red sauce along with (or instead of) the mild and white Greek-style tsatsiki sauce which you typically find in the USA.

Thanks for any leads! I miss these things...

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    dawn_b Jan 23, 2011 12:03 PM

    Ok, well I know it isn't Germany, and I'm so sad they don't have them in detroit, but they DO have them in Toronto guys! Sooooo good, had one over the Fall, Can't even tell you how wonderful they are, if anyone would like more information about them just ask! :)

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      JanPrimus Jan 24, 2011 06:19 AM

      Asking!

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      Westminstress Apr 30, 2010 08:00 AM

      If you ever visit NYC, you can definitely find them in Brooklyn.

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        Fibber McGee Apr 30, 2010 09:07 AM

        Any place specifically?

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        trudietootie Dec 1, 2009 05:13 PM

        The closest to South Bend I have ever eaten a Doner Kebab is Elora,Ontario.I saw them in Toronto during my last visit..My sense is they are probably in Windsor and Sarnia.With Detroit's Middle Eastern population there maybe some restaurants there that serve them.I don't think Elia's in South Bend or Sahara in MIchigan City have them.

        1. Bada Bing Dec 1, 2009 10:06 AM

          Here's the real deal!

           
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            Fibber McGee Dec 1, 2009 11:32 AM

            Cincinnati and Columbus have Cafe Istanbul, which has doner kebabs. The one time my ex-so went to the now gone Dayton location, they were out.

          2. JanPrimus Nov 30, 2009 03:05 PM

            I also used to get Döner Kebob's when I lived in Germany..I loved them. Great after drinking food.

            I have yet to find a proper Döner Kebob in Detroit. I would love to find some here too.

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              archfan Nov 30, 2009 09:23 PM

              On a trip to the UK, someone suggested getting Döner Kebobs after the pub. In my mind, I somehow connected them with the Donner Party, so I declined.

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                Bada Bing Dec 1, 2009 05:26 AM

                Not an appetizing prospect, eh? Actually, I once found a place in London near the South Kensington tube station that made the best Döner Kebabs I'd found anywhere outside of Berlin. I'm just hoping it's not necessary to go intercontinental.

                Think I'll stop by a King Gyros outlet here and see what they know about these things.

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                  JanPrimus Dec 1, 2009 05:49 AM

                  If Donner's taste as good as Doner's I would be in the white pages looking for dinner. :) Just kidding...I jest.

              2. nsxtasy Nov 30, 2009 01:23 PM

                It does sound a lot like gyros, which is/are (?) served at many Greek restaurants. I've read through the entry on Wikipedia, and I'm still not sure of the difference. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%B6ner_kebab

                There are seven Turkish restaurants in the Chicago area: http://chicago.metromix.com/browse/restaurants/0,80?

                There are over 100 Greek restaurants in the Chicago area. Some of the best are in the Greek Town neighborhood just west of downtown Chicago: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/119233

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                  Bada Bing Nov 30, 2009 02:57 PM

                  I'll have to try Chicago Turkish places, maybe. Thanks for the pointer, nsxtasy!

                  Greek Gyros are, to my mind, very little like Turkish Döner Kebabs. The Kebabs I had in Germany used cabbage, a sharper sauce (and red rather than white), and a bread rather than pita wrapper, to begin with. I'm also not sure that a USA Turkish "restaurant" would feature them, because they were served in Germany as a street food, or like a lunch item bought from a hole in the wall. It might be analogous to going to an American restaurant for a chili dog: not their main thing.

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                  dct Nov 30, 2009 12:40 PM

                  I've heard doner kebab is very similar to a gyros, so you may get more suggestions if you ask for recs in the South Bend area using that term.

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                    diearzte2 Nov 30, 2009 12:38 PM

                    After spending half of last year in Germany, I know the feeling. I've not found anything identical in Minneapolis, but some things similar. Seems like no one uses shredded cabbage around here.

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