Kabob House on the Boise Bench offers a flavor of the Middle East

adutton@idahostatesman.comAugust 6, 2013 

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The Kabob House serves Afghan and Middle Eastern cuisine at tables with plush, low-level couches and at traditional tables and chairs. The “family meal” at Kabob House includes lamb, chicken and beef kabobs skewered on sabers. The restaurant also serves mantoo, an Afghan-style ground beef and onion dumpling, and a yogurt-and-cucumber drink called dogh.

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  • Kabob House

    Address: 9140 W. Emerald St., Boise 83704

    Opened: Feb. 14

    Type of business: LLC

    Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday.

    Phone: 323-1112

    Website: www.facebook.com/boisekabob

    Prices: Shish kabobs $11.95 to $15.95, entrees $10.95 to $12.95

Faraidon “Fred” Osmani, a refugee from Afghanistan who arrived in the U.S. eight years ago, once owned a restaurant in Moscow, Russia. For the past couple of years, he’s been trying to open a similar restaurant in Boise. He accomplished that goal early this year, when Kabob House on West Emerald Street served its first plate of Middle Eastern cuisine to Treasure Valley foodies.

With personal savings and some financial help from family members, Osmani and his wife, Vida, bought equipment, leased a building on the Boise Bench and hired four people.

The dishes at Kabob House represent various nationalities, including Afghan, Persian, Turkish and Indian, he says. The restaurant also serves beer and wine.

Q: What inspired you to open this business?

A: I see a lack of various food styles in Boise. Opening this restaurant with authentic food adds more diversity here. I also like sharing our food and culture here, and I think this is a great way to do it.

Q: What makes your business unique and sets it apart from your competition?

A: There is no other restaurant that serves [exactly] the foods that we serve. We have a very cozy and unique interior design that stuns many people.

Q: What do you hope to achieve in the next three to five years?

A: I am hoping to expand Kabob House and open a couple of others in Boise and also out of state.

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Audrey Dutton: 377-6448

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