If you ever find yourself in/around downtown Roseville, take a detour to A Part Cafe, a new fusion Middle Eastern place that just opened up about a month ago.
Their specialty is Middle Eastern (think Shawarma), mixed with a Mexican inspired twist, to create with what they call “Shwacos”.
So, are the Shwacos any good? In a couple of words, “yes, pretty good.”
These fluffy pita bread concoctions shaped into a hard shell taco come stuffed with your choice of proteins (chicken, beef, lamb or beans), that are each spiced and seasoned with strong hints of traditional Middle Eastern flavors like cumin, coriander, sumac, and garlic, with some nice undertones of cinnamon and nutmeg. It was like a fusion Za’atar mix.
The meats we tried (beef and lamb) were both tender and moist. The shells were not oily at all, and had a nice and light crispy texture that reminded me a bit of Egyptian Khobz (or Aish Baladi), but a bit more crunchy on the outside (like a fresh corn chip) with the heft and chew of a good baguette. Pretty good stuff.
And, if you go, don’t leave without trying their Tahini chocolate chip cookie.