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Darband Shish Kabob is as cheap as McDonald's, but that's about the only similarity

On our second visit, I get the lamb, and my daughter gets the beef. I try to talk her into the "chel-o-kabob," which is ground beef formed around a skewer then grilled and served on a bed of rice. I have no idea why the ground meat kabob costs more than the beef or lamb, or why it comes with white rice instead of the excellent flat bread. But she doesn't want the rice, so we skip it. This time, I also decide to invest 95 cents in a bowl of hummus and another of yogurt and cucumber dip, which I noticed in the display case up front. Like ketchup with McDonald's fries, these condiments add enormously to the flavor of our Iranian fast food dinner. We dip our flat bread in the hummus until our kabobs arrive and then use both hummus and yogurt as sauces on our Middle Eastern tacos. The people-watching this time consists primarily of a game of peekaboo with a two-year-old girl at the next table.

You can watch your skewers of beef, lamb or chicken grilling on a long range behind the front counter.
Deron Neblett
You can watch your skewers of beef, lamb or chicken grilling on a long range behind the front counter.

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Darband Shish Kabob

5670 Hillcroft
Houston, TX 77036

Category: Restaurant > Middle Eastern

Region: Outer Loop - SW

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713-975-8350. Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Lamb kabob: $4.95
Shish kebab: $4.95
Darband Special (beef and lamb): $4.85
Chicken kabob: $5.45
Chel-o-kabob: $5.45
Hummus: 95 cents
Yogurt and cucumber: 95 cents
Pot of tea: $1.25

5670 Hillcroft

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