Boston Restaurant Talk reports Shawarma King on Beacon Street is no more.
It wasn't amazing, but it was reasonably priced, tasty, and convenient.
But the last time I was in there, they didn't have any daily specials or even any of the desserts...so I guess they already knew it was coming but hadn't told anyone yet.
Not sure where I'll get my easy Middle-Eastern/Lebanese fix now.
There is nowhere good
The "best" places all have a fatal flaw - for example, Sufra in Fenway, their garlic sauce is made from a mayo base
Otherwise? It's pretty good
Re: garlic sauce
Nour Al Sham Market on Washington St in Quincy has proper garlic sauce in a tub or a squeeze bottle for about $6. I get my kebab or schwarma to go and dress it respectably at home.
Rami's middle-eastern/Israeli cuisine isn't far away on Harvard St. Not exactly the same menu, but my wife and I both like it.
Israeli style shawarma is very different from Lebanese style shawarma
I've been very happy with Noor, but they're in Powderhouse Square.
I like To Beirut in Norwood.
Venerable seems to be the word of the day here.
For a while, when you moused over a business it would have a short, usually very unhelpful description of the business. Their favorite words were things like "iconic" and "venerable."
So you'd hover over a McDonalds and a window would pop up "iconic" and "venerable" like "iconic place for burgers and fries."
From an old tweet (back when I did such things):
Target: "Standby for home goods, clothing and more"
Starbucks: "Iconic Seattle-based coffee chain"
Dunks: "Chain known for donuts and coffee"
Cheers: "Tourist attraction with pub grub"
MFA: "Impressionist art and Egyptian treasures"
Yes, the Universal Hub Stylebook now specifies that any place that has been open continuously since the 1980s warrants being called "venerable," although only if it is closing, of course.
It was a really great place several years ago. I used to always stop there if I was in the area. Then the pandemic came, and I didn't get over to Brookline for a few years.
My last visit -- first post-covid -- the place had clearly gone downhill. The falafel was so dry it was inedible; it crumbled into powdery pieces. After that, I'm not surprised to hear that it's gone to the great falafel place in the sky.
to assume that high rent made them die, would that assumption be fair or unfair to the real estate community? I mean, maybe destruction is good, if a few people can benefit from it? I was a humanities major, so I don't know, but I assume that's what one learns in Econ, right?
Why assume it was a rent increase? It could be that they needed to pay their staff more and couldn't make the margins work. Or the cost of ingredients went up. Or they just wanted to retire after 30 years of working.
The place was great and they will be missed.
Shawarma needs no King....
...need the Shawarma Police. This is what you get, when you mess with us.
Shwarma shwarma shwarma shwarma shwarma chameleon
You come and go, you come and go
I lived off Shawarma King after moving to Boston two decades ago. No shawarma before or since has come close. Made a return trip after the pandemic after not having been in years and was shocked at how far it had fallen. The place was empty, meat and falafel were dry and flavorless, the familiar faces I had known behind the counter absent, and the current caretakers of the establishment looked beleaguered with a desire to just be free of the place. RIP to an era, and to one of the last genuinely bright spots in our local dining scene.
Let us have a moment of silence, or several, for all the venerable (YEAH I SAID IT) Boston-area eateries that have passed, leaving us with a soulless wasteland of derivative crap.
...and all too many more.
Dok Bua was right down the street from Shwarma King.
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