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Best Beef (or Lamb) Shwarma

femmevox Mar 15, 2013 12:17 PM

Iraqi student of mine complained he hasn't been able to find good beef shwarma in the Boston area. He likes the chicken shwarma at Sepal.
Shwarma's not something I usually order, so I had no idea where to send him.


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    kimfair1 RE: femmevox Mar 15, 2013 12:45 PM

    Spicy beef shwarma at Garlic and Lemons on Harvard St in Allston is my favorite in town.

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      Jenny Ondioline RE: kimfair1 Mar 15, 2013 09:16 PM

      The plain beef is great too, although I do prefer the spicy myself. The texture of the spicy is closer to kofte: it's pressed ground beef, whereas the regular beef is what you think of when you think of shwarma.

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      azra RE: femmevox Mar 15, 2013 04:05 PM

      Armenian Market and Bakery on Elm Street in Watertown, just across the side street from the Target end of the mall parking lot. The shawarma is well seasoned, juicy, and served with pickles and good yogurt. Owners are from Istanbul, and they have Turkish style rice pilaf, housemade sujuk (fresh), and beef manti (frozen) too.

      The pictures of their beef and chicken shawarma are from their webpage.


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        nsenada RE: azra Mar 17, 2013 01:32 PM

        That looks amazing - do they have the pickled red turnips? Fordee's is quite good for this (though I don't think I've had the beef there). Pita Thyme in the Financial District is very good, though the beef came out of a steamer tray. I really miss House of Ararat in Watertown, they had the best chicken with garlic sauce ever, and their beef shawarma was great, too.

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          nsenada RE: azra Mar 23, 2013 02:46 PM

          Went today and had the beef shawarma. Really awesome stuff - the meat had nice crispy crunchy bits, and excellent flavor. It came with the usual trappings, including pickled turnips, all of which were delicious. The biggest surprise was that they had homemade souboureg - one of my favorite things in the world, and a huge pain to make at home.

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          RoyRon RE: femmevox Mar 15, 2013 05:39 PM

          I like the Shwarma at Rami's inBrookline and I have a very nice lamb Shwarma at the Greek Grill in the center of Winchester.

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            grant.cook RE: femmevox Mar 16, 2013 09:37 AM

            Its not exactly Boston, but Saab's on Rt 1 in Norwood (same plaza as the Ocean State Job Lot) makes one of the better ones I have had..

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              grant.cook RE: femmevox Mar 16, 2013 09:38 AM

              If he's Iranian, see if he's tried Sabzi - no shwarmas there but tasty kebabs..

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                eclairer1 RE: femmevox Mar 17, 2013 05:57 AM

                Sofra has an incredible lamb shwarma! I don't know how traditional it is- but the flavors and the balance are spot on.

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                  lime_green RE: femmevox Mar 18, 2013 07:51 AM

                  I like Boston Shwarma on Huntington Ave by Northeastern. It's a mom and pop place with really great flavor.

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