Lebanese food has come into Dayton with several new restaurants in recent years, but House of Kabab is one of the oldest, set up along Centerville’s main stretch south of town. The restaurant serves different Mediterranean specialties, the kinds of foods up until recently you could find in few other places around town. But as some of the other Lebanese food places seek to re-imagine the recipes or rework the ingredients into something more westernized, House of Kabab goes for the classic feel. You come here for shwarma, seared lamb, falafel and other foods with a simple, unfiltered flavor.
There is a pretty sizable variety of food to try at House of Kabab, starting with soups, salads, pita sandwiches and samplers with a variety of Lebanese cuisine in them.
The House Combo is a sampler platter of chicken kafta, chicken shwarma, falafel, garlic cream and side salad, which is great. The kafta — minced meat mixed with spices — it’s got a little bit of a kick to it with the spice combination, the allspice is nice but a hint of heat is the strongest thing I taste. I liked the shwarma, the grilled meat, the best. It’s got a very light sear so it’s still served fully cooked, but still juicy. I didn’t prefer the falafel, though. The order I got was a little on the dry side, and that kind of threw it off.
I also liked the Lamb Shwarma pita sandwich — which is in fact served up like a wrap. The lamb is delicious, a little moist, but very savory. It’s got lettuce and a little tahini sauce, a sesame-based paste. It’s a perfect wrap to eat to-go, or it makes for great finger food. Either way, it’s a relatively inexpensive things to enjoy.
The service is good, it seems to me that a family or small group of Lebanese transplants manages food and service in House of Kabab. They’re fantastic, quick to get food to you and quick to make sure water is refilled. In fact, it’s a good place to get food fast and go, if you happen to be in a rush. There aren’t a lot of Lebanese places in Dayton, though more come in every year, but even with the competition, this spot offers a unique product. It’s worth a stop-in for lunch.
- The shop is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, some nights later than others.
- Try any of the shwarma meats, they might be some of the best in town. I wasn’t a fan of the falafel, though.
- Service is pretty quick in the little restaurant, so it might make for a good fast lunch.