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We shared the Falafel and Shami kebab platters- both very fresh and delicious. The falafel, really flavorful and NOT greasy) came with really good hummus and a salad with feta, the shami (juicy, garlic-y ground beef patties) came with a plain salad and rice. Both also had a wonderful green vinegar-y sauce and a yogurt sauce on the side and fresh grilled breads (nan and another more like paratha).
The platters were each $10 and it was a lot of food for the money. I didn't think I would eat my entire share but it was so delicious that I ate every bite!

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  1. 2306 Central (across from the Alameda Theater)

    That used to be Kabob Central (Afghan). New owners or just new name?

    1. That place is fantastic. The gyro is the best I've found- well-seasoned meat, vibrant vegetables including Persian cucumber (I think- they are chopped), and excellent spicy tzatziki.

      The falafel's great. I haven't tried the mantu yet.

      They opened a second branch called Q's Falafel House on 13th in downtown Oakland, which is where I first tried their food, but tragically they sold before I had a chance to post here. It was good enough that I'm now regularly going over to the original location.

      Brief write-up w/ great pics:

      http://www.sfgate.com/restaurants/bar...

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      1. re: Pius Avocado III

        Thanks. Was not impressed by the former incarnation but apparently this is a whole new operation.

        1. re: Pius Avocado III

          That's too bad about the Falafel House.

          When did they sell? It's still on their website
          http://www.qhalal.com/#!location/c14xr

          1. re: drewskiSF

            Not sure when- my wife's office went in two weeks ago and the change had been made. She had a gyro from Q's Alameda a few days prior and said she wouldn't get one from the new place again.

            The sign says Khyber Kebab Curry Falafel House, though they have the same pictures of Q's food in the window as before (hummus and mantu).

            I don't get it. The tiny space was full each time I went at peak downtown lunch hour.

        2. Original thread, not long after opening:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/896028

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          1. re: jillyju

            Thanks for the pointer. I would say I don't know how I missed it, but it's hard to keep up with the restaurant boom on Park Street.

            I love manti so I'll definitely check it out.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              Ruth, check out the mantu at Aria, 308 14th in Oakland.

              They also have aushak.

              1. re: Pius Avocado III

                Yum! It's getting harder and harder, though, to justify going even as far as Oakland when there are restaurants walking distance from my house I haven't tried yet and when I only have to go as far as the corner for great pizza (East End) or a good burger (the burger with pork belly at McGee's).

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  Can't argue with you there- I hop over to Alameda to dine a fair amount myself.