El Paso, TX
Tasty Kabob is not the first Persian restaurant to open in El Paso, but it is reflective of the fact that a larger variety of ethnic food is available than ever before. Moreover, the food I have eaten here has been genuinely good, and seems to be a worthy example of the cuisine of Iran.
Tasty Kabob is small and possibly gets most of its business from take-out orders. There are not a lot of items on the menu, a fact that I think may change once Persian cuisine gets “discovered” by the masses. For now the kabobs seem to be quite popular, and the other items are there for those who care to be more adventurous.
Ghorme Sabzi is a traditional Persian dish that is on Tasty Kabob’s menu, and is offered at a fairly good price. The best way I could describe this dish is that it tastes like parsley, but the flavor becomes very complex with the other ingredients that are mixed in. There is the fruity flavor of sundried limes, along with tender chunks of beef and kidney beans made with the traditional recipe.
I have tried this dish at three different restaurants (one was a former Persian restaurant in El Paso), and the one here is the one I thought was best. I think it is because while all ghorme sabzi dishes have the parsley, beef, and kidney bean flavors, Tasty Kabob seems to add a different dimension of flavor (probably mostly from limes). I am not an expert on this dish, but I do know that the one here is quite good.
Other Menu Items
Kabobs are the most prominent feature of the menu, but there is also a large selection of Middle Eastern appetizers and Persian entrees. I tend to think of kabobs as a snack, but many of the ones here are quite elaborate meals served with rice, salad, and vegetables. They also have sandwiches, though, for an inexpensive lunch or dinner.
There is a special meal on the menu called the “Tour of Persia” serving 3 to 4 people and offering several Persian entrees including a bone-in chicken kabob plate.
To me the ambiance of this small restaurant does not quite match the food, but discounting the fact that they do not have belly dancers or some of the features found at other Middle Eastern restaurants in the city, I really think this is one of the best places to go for traditional food. I have only tried one of the menu items but I highly recommend it.
The Basmati Rice had the same high quality as the main dish. I should not have to mention this as one of the reasons to come to Tasty Kabob except for the fact that not all restaurants match up to this one in the rice that they serve.
Hours: Closed Sun. evening and Tue.
Smoking: No smoking
Most Recent Visit: Mar. 8, 2018
Number of Visits: 1
Best Item: Ghorme Sabzi