The Kebab Shop is based on a concept popularized throughout Europe. Kebab shops are as prevalent there as burger joints are in the USA. If you’ve never been to a kebab shop in Europe, you’ll have to stop in and experience what you’ve been missing.
You’ll find a delicious array of slowly cooked rotisserie meats and made-to-order grilled meats, seafood, and veggies. In addition, our 11 freshly prepared Mediterranean inspired salads and Crispy Falafel, Golden Fries and Saffron Rice will complement your cravings. Our menu appears deceptively simple but is purposely designed to provide you the freedom to decide exactly how you want your meal made. We offer all of this in a comfortable setting with courteous staff so you can gather with your family and friends and share a great meal together.
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The History of Döner Kebabs
In travel diaries from the 18th century, döner kebab is described as a dish from Anatolia, the eastern side of Turkey, consisting of mutton (lamb) grilled on horizontal rotating skewers. Traditionally, it was served on a plate with rice and a hot sauce with melted butter and ground paprika (more like an Iskender Kebab).
Today, döner kebab is typically served as a kind of sandwich or wrapped in a flatbread. This type of döner kebab has been available in Istanbul since about 1960. The döner kebab with salad and sauce served in bread, which is predominant in Germany and the rest of the world, was invented in Berlin in 1971, because the original preparation was not sufficiently appealing to Germans.
The döner has been the most popular fast food dish in Germany since the 1980′s and continues to gain popularity around the world. What’s really fascinating is how each country or region has put its own spin on the döner kebab. Although there may be many different variations of the doner kebab, what is certain is that it is here to stay.
Name origins of Döner & Shawarma
The origins of the terms “shawarma” and “döner kebab” are very similar. Shawarma comes from the Turkish term “cevirme”, which means “turning something.” On the other hand, “döner” means “turning itself.”
In the past century, the rotisserie did not turn itself; someone was turning it, so Turks called it “cevirme.” Nowadays, it turns itself so Turks called it “döner” whereas Arabs continued using the old Turkish term “shawarma.” Adding the word “kebab” (grilled meat in Turkish), means that “döner kebab” simply means “turning grilled meat.” That said, there are no differences between shawarma and döner kebab except those that individuals have created.
At The Kebab Shop, shawarma refers to our Sandwich which is oven-toasted in a fluffy, crusty roll. On the other hand, Döner Kebab refers to all the same goodness wrapped up in a toasted flatbread.