inexpensive persian kabobs in the peninsula? (RWC)
we previously lived in the pico-robertson neighborhood of los angeles, which is heavily persian and middle eastern. kinda got used to having cheap ($6 or under) takeout options for kabobs and grilled veggies.
is there anything like that in the peninsula, especially the redwood city area? thanks!
You want the koubideh at Rose Market on Castro just off El Camino in Mountain View. The place is a Persian mini-market; the grill is literally a "hole in the wall." Get a side order of grilled tomatoes, and (at the grill) accept their offer of the green salad, and ask them to put on lots of sumac. Tip them a couple of bucks. (You can call in your order in advance to pick up.)
If you come home from the north, try Alladin Deli at 224 E Hillsdale in San Mateo - right off the freeway near the whole foods. I won't vouch for them against the best of pico-Robertson, but when they're grilling outside on a Saturday, it sure smells good.
RWC's cheap fast tasty food is mexican tacos. This list has been thoughtfully prepared for you:)
And neglect not the mention of Casita Chilanga #2 for Tortas.
(El Taquistador does not eat pork, and I eat mostly pork when eating mexican. My milage varies from his, and yours may or may not - it's still a great starting point
My personal favorite is Los Gemelos, but I think the rather delicate hand made wrappers would transport poorly. Old Grulense has some very strong moments - the Al Pastor veers from sublime to very good.
If you're missing the taste of persian, try going north to Mediterranean Delite which is over the boarder in San Carlos. They used to be my #1 favorite but the ladies who owned sold out to some large burly guys about a year into the iraq war, and I stopped going. Worth a shot - maybe they're great kebab guys; I've never had the kebabs there.
To the south (palo alto), Mediterranean Wraps on California Street is tops for schwarma, and at a reasonable price ($7 for a wrap I can't finish). They also make a very good falafel (better than the renowned falafel drive inn). There's a branch of the same exact store on University Ave, but the kitchen there just hasn't settled in. For kebabs, you might try Cafe 220 on University Ave. Most of the food there is average, but the chicken kebab is straightforward and tasty. Cafe 220 is open late. Gyros Gyros does only one thing right - their "chicken wrap" is slow-cooked chicken on the rotissery skewer (their "other meat" is that strange industrial donner kebab meat that I find abhorant).
There's a couple of sit-down oriented kabob places that are fairly expensive. But you didn't ask about that.
For a relatively inexpensive takeout meal in RWC, my favorite is still crouching tiger. You get a lot of food for each entree, much with the leftovers.
220 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
1620 El Camino Real, San Carlos, CA 94070
433 N California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
La Casita Chilanga on Middlefield (the real divey hole in the wall place) has one of the best sandwiches I've ever tasted. The La Tesoro, smoked pork leg (which my Mexican-American son-in-law says is different from ham but can't explain the difference...).
These sandwiches are Mexico City style (D.F.). They're made on what I think is a telera roll and include refried beans, avocado, jalapenos en escabeche, cotija cheese, the meat and I think some tomato. What sets their sandwiches apart is that once assembled, they are put in a press. Sublime...
Mexico City Restaurant
1616 Almaden Rd, San Jose, CA 95125
La Casita Restaurant
320 A St, Hayward, CA 94541
My favorite kabab restaurant is Paradise Kebab House in RWC - at lunch you can get their koobideh with salad/rice for $7.50. They'll give you 10% off your first pick-up order. Great food, even better service - the owners are so friendly.
Paradise Kabab House
2653 Broadway St, Redwood City, CA