In the Tenderloin's halal-restaurant district these days, you can find sausage pizzas as well as nihari beef, great kufta tajines, and a half-decent massamun curry. Tayyibaat Meat & Grill, which opened two weeks ago, is adding to the mix burgers, Afghan kabobs, and rotisserie chickens. It's the third outpost for a small chain of fast-food restaurants that began operating in a halal butcher shop in Milpitas about four years ago. The cooks wear "Got Meat?" T-shirts: This is not the place for vegetarians.
According to the counterperson SFoodie spoke to, most of the chicken comes from Pitman Farms in Sanger, suppliers of Mary's Free-Range Chicken, and the beef is supplied by Harris Ranch.
While the burgers come with fries, the tikka kabobs and chili kabobs are served on a bed -- a California king-sized one, at that -- of chewy, sumac-dusted basmati rice, with a square of whole-grain Afghan bread and cole slaw on the side. Crisped and blackened around the edges and oozy with turmeric-gilded fat at its core, the chili kabob SFoodie tried was great, ground lamb seasoned with ground onions and sizeable doses of cumin, coriander, and chiles. The coleslaw we could have done without, but the tangy cilantro-yogurt sauce served with the kabobs? Essential.
Tayyibaat Meat & Grill: 366 Golden Gate (at Larkin), 913-7421. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat.