Photo essay: Califire Iranian American fast food kabob

by Amirali Parstabar
I figured this event would be interesting since it highlights the fact that Persian kabob has crossed over into the American pop culture. Califire Grill in Fulerton, southern California, is probably the first true Iranian American fusion brand as a fast-food eatery where kabob koobideh is served with somagh-flavored fries and packaged in a very California way. These are photos of a Califire contest where fraternity and sorority houses battle for first prize.


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sam jade

با امید اینکه همیشه جوانها همه جای دنیا دور هم جم بشند تفریح کنند بیشتر بخندند


فقط همین مونده بود


که این مسابقه کثیف آمریکایی رو ما هم انجام بدیم 

ای کاش چیزهای دیگه یاد میگرفتیم

Esfand Aashena

Faramarz jaan you can get a steel frame or hardened aluminum.

by Esfand Aashena on

You can also drill holes at the bottom for dripping fat.  I like the gadget because if done right it can heat evenly and make a throughly cooked meat/kabob!

Perhaps if I try it and it works it can be patented!  The sales can go to i.com and JJJ can make billions, sorry millions depending on whether or not we can sell it in the Iranian market inside Iran and not be affected by sanctions! 

Everything is sacred


Esfand Jaan

by Faramarz on

That looks like an aluminum door/window frame that you can find at HomeDepot. But I think that they are using it as a gimmick to serve the Kabob in a Man vs. Food way.

Koobideh needs to be on open fire so the fat drips. If you look at the clip of the restaurant, they make the kabob with skewers. 

Esfand Aashena

That's a new way to make kubideh!

by Esfand Aashena on

I'm going to find a metal gadget like that and start kabobing kubideh and chicken in it!  I think it'll work fine and cook the meat evenly! 

Everything is sacred

Jahanshah Javid

goshnam shod

by Jahanshah Javid on

i would kill for a kabob sandwich with somagh fries right now :)

thanks Amirali for sharing.