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Aug 3, 2013 02:56 PM

Good Middle Eastern in SF?


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  1. Any particular dishes or cuisines?

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

    1. 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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      1. re: vulber

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

        1. re: Windy

          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 :)

        1. re: Sharon S

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

          1. re: vulber

            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. Old Jerusalem at Mission & Cesar Chavez.

          1. 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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            1. re: stanbee

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