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Lower Haight

$$$$Perfect For:Walk-InsCheap EatsCasual Weeknight Dinner
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Sometimes you walk into a restaurant and tense up from the stress of seeing everything happening everywhere, at once. Palmyra is the opposite of that feeling. Stress melts away as soon as you enter this casual, counter-service Syrian spot specializing in large, well-seasoned platters. Whatever you order off the long-ish menu will be good, but we love the charred shawarma, the giant kebab plate, and the perfectly crispy fries. Just like the coffee shop from Friends, this is the spot to pull up around a round table with some pals and watch life pass by, preferably while devouring some baklava.

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Food Rundown

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Mezze Platter

Just like a greatest hits album, this platter has everything you need—a rich hummus, bright taboulah, baba ganoush, dolma, and falafel, all served with pita. It’s the perfect way to ease into a meal.
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Shawarma Wrap

Big and bulky, this shawarma wrap full of tender meat packs a punch—especially for the cost.
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Kebab Platter

Our favorite dish here. There’s aromatic turmeric rice served with your choice of beef, chicken, or lamb. This is ol’ reliable at Palmyra, and solid comfort on foggy nights.

French Fries

These are some seriously good fries, perfectly crispy and plump.


This simple sweet treat is a fine rendition of baklava—there’s not that much more to it.

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