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Dec 12, 2010 06:36 PM

Middle Eastern restaurant that serves goat?

My husband has made a special request for his upcoming birthday. I'm especially interested in places in San Francisco or Oakland/Berkeley.

The main thing he is interested in is the goat. I think I could convince him to try another cuisine if they serve goat, but he really likes any kind of Middle Eastern.

Thanks a lot everyone!

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  1. Not Middle Eastern, but you can get goat curry at at least a few south asian restaurants :

    Little Delhi in SF around the Powell BART (it's not on the menu, but I eat it for lunch over there)

    Al Hamra on 16th Street between Mission and Valencia (I think). I haven't tried it here.

    Aangan in Albany on San Pablo Ave. roughly at Solano (next door to the Ivy Room).-- the goat curry here is a Nepali version, according to the prorprietors.

    I think I like the gc at Little Delhi a little better than the one at Aangan,

    Also, there's goat birria on the weekend at several Mexican places. Chavas (in SF on Mission St. between 24th and 25th) and Chavitas (in SF on Mission St. between 26th and Cesar Chavez) come immediately to mind because they are close to where I live, but that's probably the tip of the iceberg.

    I've had goat tacos with handmade tortillas at La Palma Mexicatessen on a Saturday.

    Little Delhi
    83 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA 94102

    La Palma Mexicatessen
    2884 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    854 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706

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    1. re: vinchar

      Thanks for the suggestions vichar!

      No middle eastern huh? I'm surprised.


      1. re: gusanita

        Lamb seems to be much more popular. As for why that is, my guess is that the ethnic community from the Middle East/North Africa is much smaller in SF than the South Asian and Mexican ones, so the restaurants tend to be less focused on authentic food and more oriented toward serving the Lebanese favorites that have become popular in the US - schwarma, tabouleh, hummus, etc.

        You might try the new-ish Yemeni's Restaurant in SF. The menus I found online suggest they use a ton of lamb but maybe they'll make dishes with goat if you call ahead?

    2. indus Village in Berkeley on San Pablo nr University often has goat curries on the menu. South Asian rather than middle eastern.

      1. Greece is closer to the Middle East than the Indian and Mexican suggestions, I think. Evvia has a goat dish listed on their online menu, but they are in Palo Alto. I thought their sibling restaurant Kokkari might have it too, but it's not listed on their online menu.

        Those are "sample menus" though, so best to check directly to see if they'll have goat on the day you want to go there.


        Kokkari Estiatorio
        200 Jackson St., San Francisco, CA 94111

        Evvia Estiatorio
        420 Emerson Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301

        1. I heard Aziza served goat on a special menu/night. Might call or search.

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          1. re: ML8000

            Caribbean Restaurants generally serve goat. I just had goat curry at Coconuts in Palo Alto
            last week. Another idea is Mexican. I think it is often on the special menu or weekend menu - as Birria. I think La Pinata has it on Sundays (some places though have Birria and it is lamb?).

            La Penca Azul

            La Pinata Restaurant III (now La Penca Azul)
            1440 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

            La Pinata
            904 Rose St, Hayward, CA 94541

          2. would def. mention sanjalisco (formerly los jarritos) for their birria de chivo dish.

            firefly occasionally serves bn ranch goat.

            having grown up part middle eastern though, i never saw goat used in any dish; it was always lamb, and every once in a while ground beef. not sure why; that's just how it is/was.

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            1. re: vulber

              Oasis Market sometimes serves goat dishes, but it's not really a restaurant, more of market with a deli in one corner.

              Oasis Market
              3045 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609