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Jun 13, 2013 01:03 PM

Mr. Kebob, Berkley, MI

Tried this place for the first time today. Grabbed a chicken shawarma sandwich for lunch, adding onions. $4.23 out the door, and I got it to go.

No complaints. It was certainly serviceable, fed me, and these days, that's a cheap price for *any* sandwich, including other chicken shawarma sandwiches. It came with the pita wrap, obviously, some pretty good chargrilled chicken (I liked the char from the grill which remained on the chicken itself...great taste and added texture), pickles, tomatoes, and garlic sauce.

Again, I'm not complaining here, but I guess I was expecting more, based on the place's storied reputation. I wasn't overly impressed with the garlic sauce, but it wasn't bad, either. I could easily get one again, but with Falaffel King only two miles away, I can't see myself driving past there to go here.

Is there something else on the menu I should try that maybe would open my eyes a bit more?

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  1. Mr Kabob does not make *real* shawarma. Real shawarma consists of layers of chicken or lamb & beef cooked on gas-fired vertical rotisserie spits—see wikipedia. Thin pieces of ready-to-eat meat are shaved off with a large knife. Importantly, while broiling the meat is kept moist by melting animal fat from the top of spit. Instead what Mr Kabob serves as *shawarma* are char-grilled chunks of chicken or meat, smaller than shish kabob or shish tawook yet cooked in much the same way. They aren't thin like shaved shawarma and are more chewy and oily in texture.

    Never, ever order shawarma at a restaurant unless the vertical rotisserie spits are visible in the kitchen. In Dearborn this isn't a problem.

    One of the best chicken shawarma sandwiches is from Golden Chicken on Warren in Dearborn for only $3.00 out the door (last time I checked).

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    1. re: dearborn barkis

      $3.50 out the door, correcting, went to Golden Chicken for lunch today.

      1. re: dearborn barkis

        That's still dirt cheap so far as I'm concerned, so long as it's not a skimpy-dimpy tiny sandwich or something like that. That good, eh?

        1. re: boagman

          It is kinda sad that shawarma sandwiches on Warren are reduced to commodity pricing. But GC doesnt skimp on size.

    2. Boagman, I used to laud this establishment. Their hummus is indeed smooth and top tier.

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      1. re: dearborn barkis

        Well, since I'm an Eastsider, I guess I'll be checking it out. Thanks you guys.

        1. re: dearborn barkis

          Ah, well, see, there's my issue. I'm not a big fan of hummus in general, so I didn't have any of that. I'll have to endeavor to try some of theirs in the future.