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Good Middle Eastern in SF?

Designgirl Aug 3, 2013 02:56 PM


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  1. Windy RE: Designgirl Aug 3, 2013 04:41 PM

    Any particular dishes or cuisines?

    I like Palmyra on Lower Haight. Modest place with roasted chicken, foul, hummus, honey cake.

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      vulber RE: Designgirl Aug 4, 2013 10:52 PM

      2nd on palmyra. only syrian place i know of in SF (most middle eastern restaurants in SF are lebanese/palestinian). arabian nights also if looking for nicer ambience

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        Windy RE: vulber Aug 4, 2013 11:00 PM

        Was it you who first recommended Palmyra? I always enjoy it.

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          vulber RE: Windy Aug 6, 2013 10:05 AM

          perhaps :)

          it has an especially personal connection for me to the food i grew up eating so i do recall being pretty excited about discovering it :)

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        Sharon S RE: Designgirl Aug 6, 2013 10:07 PM

        A La Turca

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          vulber RE: Sharon S Aug 7, 2013 12:42 PM

          i would consider turkish food distinctly different form what we think of as "middle eastern food"

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            Robert Lauriston RE: vulber Aug 7, 2013 05:23 PM

            A La Turca has a lot of standard Middle-Eastern dishes such as hummus, baba ganoush, and falafel in addition to dishes you get only at Turkish restaurants.

        2. CarrieWas218 RE: Designgirl Aug 7, 2013 03:45 PM

          Old Jerusalem at Mission & Cesar Chavez.

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            stanbee RE: Designgirl Aug 7, 2013 04:00 PM

            Cafe Zitouna, Polk $ Sutter. Tunisian food. Housemade merguez, pistachio-semolina cake, spicy chicken kabob sandwich (without the swiss cheese), tagines w/o fruit. Love the very strongly olive flavored chicken and olives. Great harissa (hot sauce), brik (Tunisian breakfast of deep fried pastry filled with a raw egg and canned tuna.

            The falafel, not fried to order, are not crispy but somewhat mushy inside the flatbread sandwich. We are spoiled by fresh fried in the Bay Area.

            New hours for Ramadan: opens at 2pm, closed Mon.

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              Windy RE: stanbee Aug 7, 2013 08:39 PM

              I love Cafe Zitouna, especially the brik (which they often don't have) and the semolina dessert.

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