Fine cuisine on a stick can be a fickle art form—for every successful lobster popsicle, there's an ill-fated caviar bindle. Today's Groupon unites fare to spear with elegantly edible results: for $10, you get $25 worth of Turkish, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean kebabs and cuisine at S & H Kebab House, located in South Philadelphia.
S & H Kebab House is a family-owned restaurant that features a menu of authentic, regional eats. Contrary to cartoon logic, kebabs aren't just overgrown toothpicks studded with meat cubes. Rather, "kebabs" refer to meats marinated and cooked on a large skewer; whittled-down baseball bat is optional. S & H offers both stuck and unstuck kebabs. Skewered versions include chicken shish kebab ($13.95) and shrimp shish kebab ($18.95), while free-form kebabs include lamb döner kebab ($13.95) and Turkish meatball kebab ($13.95). For those preferring plant-based protein, S & H Kebab House offers multiple vegetarian dishes, including a six-piece falafel dinner ($13.95) and a vegetable sauté with rice ($13.95). Traditional dishes such as baba ghanoush ($5.95) and hummus ($5.95) are also available as kebab kickoffs.
On Friday and Saturday nights, all meals at S & H Kebab House are served with free midriffs, as a belly dancer regales diners with tap dancing and Burton Gilliam stories. S & H Kebab House's attentive staff keeps smiles stationary, while the soft lighting of the chandelier-adorned dining room complements the glowing faces, creating an intimate, casual setting.
- Lamb and chicken adana (minced meat molded onto skewers) delivered respectable heat. Gyro-like döner, lamb layered with veal, was tasty; both lamb cubes and meatballs were moist and flavorful. Other dishes satisfied, too — I enjoyed the light, dill-spiked Turkish feta wrapped inside fried yufka (Turkish phyllo dough). Although I wished it had more ground lamb, it's hard to go wrong when the eggplant-based moussaka's topped with a thick, bubbling layer of kasar (Turkish mozzarella)...Firin sütlac (a firm oven-baked rice pudding) was fresh and light; I loved the burnt caramel flavor in the kazandibi (a milk pudding). You'll be wiping dribbles of honey sauce off your chin after sampling the flaky baklava. – David Snyder
- Amazing food and amazing service. You must have the hummus. It was the smoothest hummus I have ever had. The kabobs were succulent and the dessert was tasty. – OpenTable user who dined on 11/28/09
- This place made me fall for baba ghanoush. I've always crushed on hummus, baba ghanoush's cousin, but have since hardly looked back. – Jenna N., Yelp
- The food is excellent (I am partial to the Lamb Iskander) and the wait staff and owner are so nice. The lunch is a great value, and they definitely have the best kebabs in the city, hands down. – Laura S., Yelp
Bella Vista/ Southwark
611 E Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147Get Directions