House of Kabab is a place that really needs an introduction. It often gets confused with another establishment of a similar name on the same side of town, and some might get deterred by its facade. Once you find it and get passed the slightly cumbersome parking situation, you’ll be relieved to find hospitable family members ready to provide you with samples, explanations and recommendations.
One sample of the house drink and you’ll be ready to commit to a full glass of mixed berry juice and pomegranate syrup that’s reminiscent of jamaica water. Everything is made daily from scratch, including their pita bread that’s baked in a clay tandoor oven. Hummus and rice-stuffed grape leaves are popular appetizers, but so are lebneh (strained yogurt with spices) and sambosas, fried triangular pastries stuffed with your choice of spicy cream, ground beef, feta or vegetables. The fattoush salad’s fresh mix of veggies gets topped with a tart pomegranate dressing, sumac and crispy, toasted pita croutons.
Traditional kafta (ground beef or chicken), grilled shawarma meat (chicken, beef or lamb), falafel and gyro (tender slices of beef and lamb) can be ordered as sandwiches or plates that come with saffron basmati rice and grilled vegetables. For an American twist, try the House chicken or Philly steak and cheddar cheese sandwich topped with sautéed onions and mushrooms, mayonnaise, lettuce and tomatoes on the House pita bread. Also available are made-to-order pita pizzas topped with a hearty tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and your choice of toppings.
End your meal with Turkish coffee served in traditional pots and a variety of housemade desserts of baklava, coconut baseemah, cheese kinafah and zanood el seit, a cream roll. Visit their Facebook page for daily specials and features.
5809 Dyer; 915-564-3060; Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12-6 p.m.; Vegan friendly; Children’s plates available; facebook.com/HOfKabab