Food to love in Sunnyvale
Kebabs, anyone? Tennis players have known for months about the new food at the Sunnyvale Tennis Center's Las Palmas Grill, now called City Kabob, where veteran Persian restaurateur Hossein Gholami serves good grilled meats and at least one pan-fried vegetarian dish.
Have your chicken, beef, lamb or leeks over rice, in French bread or flat bread. With green salad or luscious chopped cucumbers and tomatoes in lemon juice and olive oil. On the 40-seat patio, overlooking tennis, but far enough away to ignore the games.
Food is prepared to order, so if 15 minutes isn't fast to you, City Kabob isn't fast. But it is very family-oriented in price, children's menu, and outdoor ambience.
755 S. Mathilda, in Sunnyvale Tennis Center just south of El Camino Real, Sunnyvale. (408) 732-0013
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays. Closed Mondays.
Types of food: Persian-inspired grilled meats and pan-fried vegetarian patties over rice and in sandwiches. Green salads.
Average meal price: Under $10.
Recommended dishes: Boneless chicken kebab, basmati rice, salad shirazi, kookoo sabzi (vegetarian burger).
Not recommended: Lamb kebab was a little tough.
Attitude: Warm and friendly
Amenities: Covered patio seats at least 40. Good views of tennis on lighted courts.
Vegetarian options: Garden salad, cucumber salad, leek-egg-parsley burger.
Drinks: Doogh (soda water, yogurt, mint), fruit juice, sodas, bottled water, beer.
Takeout containers: Styrofoam clamshells for rice dishes, paper-wrapped sandwiches, and salads sealed in plastic wrap.
Eat in car: Sandwiches.
Next-day edibility: Fine for kebabs on rice, but sandwiches don't hold up well.
Who goes there: Neighbors, tennis players, Iranians.
Credit cards: Yes
Parking: Spacious parking lot in front.