Tonight I was joined by the whole family for dinner at the new Kabob & Gyro Grill. This new Greek/Mediterranean joint is located in the Family Fitness shopping center at Foothills & Junction. They are in the old Kazoku Teriyaki spot by Original Pete’s. Kazoku has moved around the corner, to the far opposite side of the center, into a bigger location.
They kind of snuck in here while I wasn’t paying attention. A reader tipped me off to them. They don’t have a website, but from reading some reviews it sounds like they have a location in Elk Grove already and that this one has been open for at least a month and a half. While I was inside I heard them discussing with a customer another location they are putting in out in Rancho Cordova, so I’ll definitely be looking out for that on future lunch breaks.
I arrived a couple minutes before everyone else and stepped in to look around. The basic layout is the same as it was with Kazoku, a narrow space with the kitchen on the left and dining on the right. The only major change I noticed was that there is now black carpeting instead of the light blue tiles. The chairs are the same but the tables are new. On the menu, for the most part, you have a choice of steak, chicken or lamb in either kabobs, wraps or plates. The prices seem to be in line with a good Greek place I like over in Rancho (Eat A Pita). Everything is between $6-13. For $2.50 more you can add a drink and either fries, basmati rice or a greek salad.
The family arrived and soon after, a similarly sized group. I thought my people were right behind me when I jumped up to get my order in before the rush, but apparently they were still looking at menus. Luckily the observant cook noticed this and, as I stepped away from the register, asked me if I would like him to prepare my order with the rest of my party. That was a good plan and I appreciated him offering to do so.
Our food took maybe 10-15 minutes. After I ordered there was a very consistent stream of people coming in and the guy working the counter never really had much chance to help out in the kitchen, leaving one cook to handle everything. Even so, they did a decent job of keeping up with the level of business.
Most of the family ordered the Combination Plate (thin marinated slices of steak & chicken)[$9.99]. All platters come with basmati rice, salad, hummus, tzatziki sauce and a hot piece of pita bread. They were pretty good sized plates. Everyone was really happy with this. I tried some of the hummus with pita bread (which really was hot) and it was delicious. I might go for a side of that next time. My dad got the Lamb Kabob (two skewers of marinated lamb cooked over fire)[$12.99]. All Kabob dishes come with onions and tomatoes, served over basmati rice with salad, hummus, tzatziki sauce and a hot piece of pita bread. This looked just as good and had nice big chunks of juicy-looking lamb.
I ordered the Steak Shawarma (Thin, marinated slices of steak)[$5.99]. All shawarma dishes are topped with fresh lettuce, onions, tomatoes and tzatziki sauce, all wrapped in a hot thin bread. Basically it was a shawarma burrito. They grill the whole thing a bit to crisp up the wrap. This was much bigger than I expected for $6. I didn’t really need the side of fries I got with the $2.50 combo adder. Those were incredibly hot and crisp, right out the of the frier no doubt. They were a bit bland, but some ketchup easily remedied that. The shawarma wrap was fantastic. The steak wasn’t as heavily seasoned as it is at the Eat A Pita in Rancho, where I most often get shawarma, but it was still quite flavorful. The lettuce and onions were both fresh and crisp and the tomatoes were good as well, though perhaps could have been slightly more ripe. They ask how spicy you’d like your food, mild, medium or spicy. I went with medium and I did notice a bit of spice, though next time I’m definitely going to try spicy.
All in all I was impressed. The price is right and the food is solid. The handful of other reviews I’ve read have been almost unanimously positive. My mom said that while she likes Daphne’s, she thought this was better. I would say that it’s a bit better than the Milo’s Grill in the Galleria, which is probably some of the better Greek food in Roseville. As I said earlier, I’ll definitely be looking out for their future Rancho Cordova location as well.