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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.

Dunya Kabob Restaurant

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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.

House of Kabob

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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).

Erbil Kabob

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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.

Newroz Market

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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.

Azadi International Food Market & Bakery

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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.

Sulav International Market & Restaurant

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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.

Dunya Kabob Restaurant

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.

House of Kabob

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).

Erbil Kabob

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.

Newroz Market

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.

Azadi International Food Market & Bakery

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.

Sulav International Market & Restaurant

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.

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