The new Medusa Kabob House has opened in the old Casbah Tea House spot at 628 N. Fourth Ave., and, damn, do those kabobs smell good.
Owner and general manager Ashur Davoudikia had been busy all morning making fresh kabobs, and a spicy scent was still lingering when I stopped in this afternoon. He’s done a very nice job of renovating the building with a fresh coat of paint and minimal decorations. Gone is the old tent room out back, but efforts are underway to convert the space into a swank dining area that should be open in a month or so.
But let's get back to those kabobs. When Davoudikia tosses a few on the grill, a cloud of scented smoke billows into the kitchen before leaking ever-so-slightly into the front dining area. This causes the mouth to water and the stomach to grumble while you sit there awash in a delicious haze waiting for your order ... and when it comes, you realize it was very much worth the wait.
On the menu: Beef and chicken kabobs, gyro and other wraps, falafel, hummus and a selection of combination plates suited for vegetarians and carnivores alike. The menu offered right now is limited, but Davoudikia says he’s steadily expanding it as requests come in.
Hours are from about 1 p.m. to about 9 p.m., but Davoudikia says he stays open as long as he has customers.
Call 647-2333 for more information.