Some friends that live in the Mission offered to pick up some takeout, so we left the choice up to them. They chose Arabian Nights because there is never a very long wait, which according to them is a rarity in the Mission if it’s popular. I’ve never been, but they described it as having very “interesting” decor, which might not attract too many hipsters. After checking out their website, I see what they mean.
The pita was outstanding, better than other places like Oasis in Oakland that make their pita fresh. It had a really good chew, which surprised me since the thinness of pita makes it difficult to develop a “chew”.
Hummus and fattoush salad were also excellent. We arrived too late to get any of the kefta (our friends’ favorite) but the cold chicken and lamb skewers were quite tasty, with the lamb being slightly better cold. All in all, a very good takeout meal, eaten an hour or so after it was picked up.