Real Shwarma?

rabaja likes Meditterranean [sic] Spirit, across from Long Life Books, where the chef/owner is very nice, and adds little innovative twists like fresh red cabbage salad mixed into the shwarma sandwich. Shwarma plate is quite good, as well. Maybe not as good as the long-loved and long-lost North Beach branch of Truly Mediterranean, but good.

In the North Bay, Aram’s Cafe has great all-lamb shwarma, available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday as a special. Don’t forget to ask them to put in some of their red pepper sauce (sometimes they forget).

Melanie Wong recommends Small World’s shwarma. It’s made with beef tri-tip, and roasted in the oven rather than on a spit, but you can’t argue with the flavors. She especially loves their spiced onions.

Yummas offers a good lamb/beef shwarma in a lavash wrap.

Taboun has great chicken shwarma and lamb shwarma; it’s great with extra hot sauce. Their falafel deluxe is also fine. Call 5-10 minutes ahead to cut your take-out wait.

Many dislike Ali Baba on Valencia, but Kmanlove says shwarma at Ali Baba on Linden makes the best he’s had in San Francisco.

Goood Frikin’ Chicken [Mission]
10 29th St., San Francisco
415-970-2428
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Meditterranean Spirit [Polk Gulch]
1303 Polk St., San Francisco
415-673-4900
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Aram’s Cafe [Sonoma County]
131 Kentucky St., Petaluma
707-765-9775
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Small World Restaurant [Napa County]
932 Coombs St., Napa
707-224-7743
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Yummas [Sunset]
721 Irving St., San Francisco
415-682-0762
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Taboun [Cole Valley]
201 Parnassus St., San Francisco
415-566-9696
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Ali Baba [Peninsula]
127 S. Linden Ave., South San Francisco
650-871-2221
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