NBC 7 sampled the Afghan food that put Baba Kabob in Mira Mesa on the list
By Renee Schmiedeberg • Published April 21, 2023 • Updated on April 21, 2023 at 6:56 pm
NBC 7 sampled the Afghan food that put one local eatery, Baba Kabob in Mira Mesa on the list.
Baba Kabob in Mira Mesa (Yelp Ranked #35)
Shish kabobs cook over red-hot coals at Baba Kabob in Mira Mesa. (NBC 7)
Generations of Afghan and Mediterranean recipes have found their way to this tucked-away family business in Mira Mesa.
Owner Rohullah Attaie gave up his regular job about five years ago and started a restaurant with all his own recipes.
Since Baba Kabob got the Yelp reward, they’ve been incredibly busy and short-staffed.
“It’s a family business, we’ve been working seven days a week all of us — me, my wife, my daughter, my son,” Attaie said.
Attaie runs his business from the heart, not having any days off.
“If I did get a day off, I’m lost. I don’t know what to do, so I’d rather be in here,” Attaie said, chuckling.
What’s Popular: NBC 7 took a visit and tried their main seller, the hot and fresh bolani, which is an Afghan flatbread stuffed with savory potato and spices and served with a cooling yogurt sauce. The result is a flatbread that’s soft, doughy and flavorful on the inside while being lightly crispy on the outside.
Four or five years ago Jesse Hsin was living nearby and ate out every night, which gave him the opportunity to try out each restaurant in the area. He’s settled on Baba Kabob.
“This is one of the best-grilled foods, not limited to just kabob, but grilled meat, this is one of the best,” Hsin said.
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