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North Austin nabs first Texas location of cult Middle Eastern chain

North Austin nabs first Texas location of cult Middle Eastern chain

The Kebab Shop
The Kebab Shop will bring Middle Eastern wraps, bowls, and plates to the Arboretum this summer. The Kebab Shop/Facebook

A California-based, fast-casual chain is bringing its wildly popular doner kebabs to Austin. Co-owner Wally Sadat confirms that The Kebab Shop will open in the Arboretum this summer.

Sadat tells CultureMap that he is anticipating opening at 9761 Great Hills Trl. on August 15. He does caution, however, that the date may change as the team finishes the build-out.

Unlike kebab skewers, the meats used in doner kebab are traditionally slow roasted on a vertical rotisserie before being shaved into flatbread. Austinites can also find the Euro-Turkish dish at Kebabalicious, MezzeMe, and Doner Kebab King Karl.

Like many of its fast-casual contemporaries, The Kebab Shop allows diners to customize each order. Wraps or bowls can be ordered with carved meats or vegetarian falafel, then doctored with fillings such as garlic yogurt; a cucumber, tomato, and mint salad; or pickled or raw red onions.

The restaurant also offers a plate with skewered chicken tenderloin or steak and veggies that comes with a choice of sides like a caprese salad, tabouli, hummus and pita, or saffron rice. Fries can be enjoyed plain or loaded with feta cheese, mint, and doner meat.

The Arboretum shop will not only be Austin’s first location of The Kebab Shop, it will be the first outpost to open outside of California. Co-founders A.J. Akbar and Tony Farmand grew the concept after taking over an existing San Diego eatery in 2008. The chain now has 13 shops scattered about Orange County, San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay Area.