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If you happen to be in the Burbank area of San Jose, then Gulzaar Halaal Restaurant & Bakery is a must visit. This restaurant serves some of the best Indian and Middle Eastern fare in the city at delightfully affordable prices. The simple restaurant interiors make way for some truly flavorful fare, with snacks and bites such as chicken samosas, fatoush salad, hummus as well as bigger eats such as chicken biryani, mixed kebab plates and more. Desserts consist of baklava, ras malai and mamoul. The service is as hearty as the food.
This original Bay Area Middle Eastern joint looks like a beat-up drive-in, but it is one of San Jose's most enduring restaurants. Since the 1960s, their falafels and gyros have been some of the best anywhere. People from all over the world have visited this place, and many have been loyal customers since its conception. The items on the menu are delicious, inexpensive, and easy, so it's perfect for great food on the go. The menu includes Falafel Salad, Gyros in a Pita, Kifta Kabab Salad, Hummos, Tabbouleh and Chicken Sandwich.
Yas on the Saratoga Avenue in West San Jose is a respite for fans of Middle-Eastern cuisine. Offering delicious, aromatic Persian preparations which include a range of kabobs, polos and curries, this charming restaurant is quite the local hit. Fresh, local ingredients blend well with authentic Persian and Irani recipes and exotic spices at Yas Restaurant to result into scrumptious offerings like baghali polo, the beef, fish and chicken combo platter and chelo kabob to name a few. There are many vegetarian dishes also on offer as well, the ghaymeh and kashk-o-dademjan are delightful. Finish these wondrous meals with one of their desserts; the bastani and faloodeh come highly recommended.