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Jan 10, 2010 03:49 PM

Best schwarma in Boston / Cambridge / Somerville?

Hi all,

My roommates (fellow hounds) and I are debating where the best lamb schwarma in town might be located. We have a vote for a restaurant that no longer exists; a vote for Falafel Palace in Central Square; and a vote for Falafel King (?) in a mall near Downtown Crossing.

What other places serve the best lamb schwarma in town? Let's hear it!


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  1. Does Brookline Count? If so my favorite is Rami's followed by Shawarma King.

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    1. re: Matt H

      I've never found Shawarma in Boston that was really superb. That elusive combo of good fresh lamb charred on one side and rare on the other, ideally cooked over charcoal...

      I'm very suggestible. Inspired by this thread hit Rami's today. Hadn't been in a long time.

      Certainly a decent sandwhich but not at ALL worth the $12 (including tax) I paid. Seriously a $12 shawarma better rock my world. Rami's was just fine, but nothing extraordinary. The hot sauce was very good.

      1. re: StriperGuy

        I agree that it is overpriced, but taking the price away from the equation I still enjoy Rami's more than any other Shawarma in the city and since I work in Brookline I eat there quite often. Is it the best I've tasted anywhere? Definitely no, but in Boston its still my go-to.

    2. On the lamb tip, my vote would go to the doner kebab at Brookline Family Restaurant, a Turkish place in Brookline Village. The lamb/beef gyros at Farm Grille in Newton are up there in my book, too. For turkey shwarma, Rami's. For pork gyros, Zo.

      1. Boston Kebab House has very good doner kebab (though it can be hit or miss).

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        1. re: nsenada

          I like a lot of the food at Boston Kebab House, but it served me rotten doner on two occasions: way oversalted with an off, over-the-hill kind of flavor.

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            Agreed - when it's been good, it's quite good, but I (and others) have had the same problem with nasty meat. Every so often I play Russian roulette with it, and occasionally get lucky. My stanbdys there though, are the chicken kofte, and the meze bar.

        2. I know I'm repeating some of what others have said here, but my favorites places for shawarma are Rami's in Brookline (turkey shawarma), Shawarma King, also in Brookline, and Jasmine in East Watertown. Can't think of much in Boston, Cambridge, or Somerville.

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          1. re: hiddenboston

            Does "town" include Norwood? Saab's on Rt 1 makes a quite tasty one.... best I've had in the area..

            1. re: grant.cook

              I will second Saab's, great food stuff and service with a smile despite the minor language barrier. Excellent bakery/pastry too.

              1. re: grant.cook

                I've never heard of Saab's. Where is it on Route 1?

                1. re: hiddenboston

                  Looks like Saab's might be primarily a market or convenience store, and is located near Staples at 990 Providence Highway (fka Rt 1) in Norwood. Has Lebanese groceries, too. First I've heard of it.


                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    Its primarily a grocery, focused on Middle Eastern-ish food (like Cedar's in Norwood Center).. but they do have a deli section and a couple of vertical rottisserie's going....a chicken or lamb shwarma costs $5 and is pretty well sized. Saab's is on the Auto-mile stretch of route 1, in a plaza with an Ocean State Job Lot. I think its the Dean Road intersection. Maybe 2-2.5 miles down from the Rt 128 exit

                    1. re: grant.cook

                      And THEN you can head a few miles further down the road and hit another hidden Boston-metro gem, the Red Wing Diner..

                      1. re: grant.cook

                        Is the Red Wing still any good? I remember going there years ago, back when I worked in the Mansfield area, and enjoying it as a roadside, almost biker-bar looking kind of place, with good fried clams, wings, pitchers, that sort of thing. Then I went back a few years ago and the food was unrecognizably awful: I was embarrassed that I had recommended it.


                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                          I ate there last year and the clams were good.... haven't heard any dismal stories from Norwood-ites as well, but I'll have to try a return visit to be able to say for sure.. they did put up a new sign, so maybe ownership has changed..

                          1. re: MC Slim JB

                            The Red Wing is still there and still popular, just beware that it is closed on Mondays. I haven't been there in a while so can't vouch for any recent changes.

              2. I enjoy the shwarma at Sabra Grill in Harvard Sq.