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Dec 2, 2009 06:00 AM

German-Style Döner Kebab in Chicago?

I live in nearby Indiana, so I am hoping that there might be somewhere in Chicago (or the USA!) that makes Döner Kebabs in the way that Turks in Germany do.

To be clear: Döner Kebabs are sandwiches somewhat like the much more available Greek-style shawarmas or gyros. Lamb and beef are thinly sliced, layered onto a vertical rotisserie, and cooked from the side. 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 bread-like than pita (Fladenbrot), and it was garnished with lettuce, sliced cabbage, onions, cukes, and maybe tomato, and we would typically use a spicy red sauce (along with, or instead of the mild and white Greek-style tsatsiki sauce which we typically se in the USA). I attach a picture of the real German thing.


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  1. Since you say you want it the way Turks make it in Germany, you could try Turkish Cuisine and Bakery on North Clark. They serve Doner Kebabs. It's been many years since I've been there, but I very much enjoyed a meal there.

    1. In the OP's inquiry in the Midwest forum, I posted a link to the Metromix list of the seven Turkish restaurants in Chicago:

      You might want to check out the menus on the websites for those that have them. The only one I've been to is Turquoise Cafe,

      1. The Turkish places that these other commenters recommended are completely wrong -- they obviously haven't been to Germany! I know EXACTLY what you're looking for, and yes, it's hard to find.

        A new place opened in Chicago about 2 months ago called Royal Kebab, 3051 N Central. It's Polish owned, but just make sure you order it without corn or pickles (I guess that's the Polish twist). They overstuff the bread, but the chicken doner kebab is about as close as you'll find to Europe in US.

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        1. re: shostako

          FYI: It's quite possible that the responders and thousands of others have been to Germany or even lived there without ever enjoying the German-style Turkish Kabobs.

          I'll have my donor with a fresh brewed Kolsch eh! Ein bier bitte!

        2. I know exactly what you are talking about, in fact my last blog post is related to the German Style Doner Kebab and lack there of in Chicago

          check it out