This is a Persian and Kurdish restaurant that has the most interesting and varied clientèle in Nashville. It's a favorite for this Nashville resident, not because it's fancy, elegant, or hip, but because I ALWAYS get a huge, satisfying, and tasty meal-- and I mean ALWAYS.
I can't stand going to a restaurant and after eating an excellent meal, recommending it to a friend, and later finding that my friend had a lousy meal. This has NEVER happened at House of Kabob. House of Kabob has been so consistently good over the what-- 11 or 12 years-- I've been going there, that I don't hesitate to recommend it to anyone, and I always get rave reviews.
They have a huge menu. They'll bring you pita breads with fresh cilantro, butter, and cubes of feta cheese when you sit down. Appetizer dips such as the Chef's Surprise (walnuts, feta, olives, and sour cream, blended into a dip), Kashk (eggplant, cream of whey, and spices), and hummus are my choices. White bean soup and lentil soup (Neesk) are good on a cold day. The Shirazi Salad (diced cucumber, onions, tomatoes) is crunchy and copious. Taboli may have more parsley than you're used to, but it, too, is quite tasty.
Then there are the kabobs-- chicken, lamb, salmon, beef, shrimp, cornish hen-- take your pick. Several kinds of beef-- Barg (marinated beef tenderloin), Chengeh (marinated beef filet), and Kubideh (like a flat, skewered meatball) are all worth trying. Then there are combinations of the different kabobs, a huge family kabob sampler, gyros, and falafels.
If you've only had lamb that tasted too strong and you said you'd never have it again, try House of Kabob's lamb. They also feature a Lamb Shank, in sauce.
What else? Half a chicken steamed and tender; Ghormeh Sabzi, Ghaymeh, and Bamieh beef Stews served on rice.
And for dessert, try rose or Turkish coffee ice cream with Turkish coffee.
While they have the usual sodas, ice tea, and hot tea, take a gulp of their Doogh, a yogurt and mint drink. No beer, wine, or liquor.
They've upgraded the inside with better lighting recently, and it has a little more atmosphere than in the past, but still a very basic and humble interior nonetheless.
It's a family-run restaurant, and one of the few places you can eat any more where they even recognize that they've seen you before.
I've used House of Kabob for catering, and they've provided excellent service, the same high-quality food, and at exceptionally reasonable prices. Hamid will bend over backward to make sure your event is well-supplied with food. And again, my guests have raved and begged for the name of the caterer!
The restaurant is in a corner shopping center on Thompson Lane, 2 blocks east of Nolensville Road. It would be a cab ride from downtown hotels, but easily well worth the trip.
The video on their web site is very hands-at-home, but again quite honest, and the tableside testimonials could easily be my own.
I'll mention another testimonial to the authenticity of House of Kabob: You may be surprised to know that Nashville has the largest Kurdish population of any city in the United States, and when elections were held in Iraq, Nashville was one of 5 cities where Kurds could vote in this country. I happened to go to House of Kabob that day, and Kurds were waiting in the parking lot, as House of Kabob had been recommended in a Kurdish paper.
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