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6 Spots to Experience Kurdish Food in Nashville

Kofta, kubbeh, dolma, and more.

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Nashville is home to about 15,000 Kurdish people — the largest concentration of Kurds in the United States. The Kurds hail from a region encompassing parts of southeastern Turkey, northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, and northern Syria. Unsurprisingly, Kurdish cuisine has similar qualities to its neighboring regions and resembles other Middle Eastern fare, with a typical dishes including lamb or chicken, vegetables, rice, and dairy products. So where can you find Kurdish food in Nashville? There are numerous spots located in the South Nashville neighborhood dubbed, “Little Kurdistan,” including these top spots.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Dunya Kabob Restaurant

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2521 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 242-6664

Dunya Kabob is a small restaurant that could be easily overlooked on Nolensville Road, if not for the popularity of its Middle Eastern dishes. Menu items include lentil soup, lamb shank, and chicken, beef, and falafel kabobs, among others.

2. House of Kabob

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216 Thompson Ln
Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 333-3711
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House of Kabob’s menu includes many dishes typical of Kurdish cuisine. Traditional favorites include dolma (stuffed grape leaves) and taboli (also spelled tabbouleh or tobouli).

3. Erbil Kabob

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3734 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 499-5743

This welcoming spot on Nolensville Pike serves all of the typical Middle Eastern and Kurdish favorites one would expect, including kebobs, gyros, lentil soup, and hummus.

4. Newroz Market

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393 Elysian Fields Ct
Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 333-0037

This Kurdish market sells a variety of Middle Eastern goods, but also serves shawarma sandwiches (roasted meat cooked on a spit and shaved, similar to gyro). Don’t leave without trying the baklava.

5. Azadi International Food Market & Bakery

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391 Elysian Fields Ct
Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 315-0940

Azadi Market is popular for its bakery and market that offer a large variety of Kurdish and Middle Eastern items. Flatbreads are made inside the market’s wood-fired tandoori oven and make for a delicious lunch or snack.

6. Sulav International Market & Restaurant

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4647 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 915-2557

Sulav International Market is great place to pick up Kurdish and Middle Eastern goods, but it is also a bakery and Halal butcher. The freshly baked thin bread is prepared in the typical Kurdish style, and patrons can enjoy a shawarma, kofta, kebab plates, and more.

1. Dunya Kabob Restaurant

2521 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211

Dunya Kabob is a small restaurant that could be easily overlooked on Nolensville Road, if not for the popularity of its Middle Eastern dishes. Menu items include lentil soup, lamb shank, and chicken, beef, and falafel kabobs, among others.

2521 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211

2. House of Kabob

216 Thompson Ln, Nashville, TN 37211

House of Kabob’s menu includes many dishes typical of Kurdish cuisine. Traditional favorites include dolma (stuffed grape leaves) and taboli (also spelled tabbouleh or tobouli).

216 Thompson Ln
Nashville, TN 37211

3. Erbil Kabob

3734 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211

This welcoming spot on Nolensville Pike serves all of the typical Middle Eastern and Kurdish favorites one would expect, including kebobs, gyros, lentil soup, and hummus.

3734 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211

4. Newroz Market

393 Elysian Fields Ct, Nashville, TN 37211

This Kurdish market sells a variety of Middle Eastern goods, but also serves shawarma sandwiches (roasted meat cooked on a spit and shaved, similar to gyro). Don’t leave without trying the baklava.

393 Elysian Fields Ct
Nashville, TN 37211

5. Azadi International Food Market & Bakery

391 Elysian Fields Ct, Nashville, TN 37211

Azadi Market is popular for its bakery and market that offer a large variety of Kurdish and Middle Eastern items. Flatbreads are made inside the market’s wood-fired tandoori oven and make for a delicious lunch or snack.

391 Elysian Fields Ct
Nashville, TN 37211

6. Sulav International Market & Restaurant

4647 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211

Sulav International Market is great place to pick up Kurdish and Middle Eastern goods, but it is also a bakery and Halal butcher. The freshly baked thin bread is prepared in the typical Kurdish style, and patrons can enjoy a shawarma, kofta, kebab plates, and more.

4647 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211

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