Restaurant Review: Wholly Kabob

Persian wraps and bowls carpeted with big flavor

Wholly Kabob

1104 E. Sixth, 512/983-3859,
Tue.-Thu., 11am-2pm, 6-10pm; Fri.-Sat., 11am-2pm, 6pm-2am or later; Sun., 11am-2pm, 6-10pm
Wholly Kabob
Photos by John Anderson

Nanaz Ahmadi opened her Middle Eastern-Persian trailer after a modest Kickstarter campaign succeeded in funding a big chunk of the cost of her food trailer. She was born in Iran, and learned to cook at the side of her granny and her chef uncle. Ahmadi lived in Germany and San Diego before moving to Austin, where she graduated from St. Edward's (with just one of her degrees) before the food trailer bug bit.

Wholly Kabob

Her bright red trailer sits at the south end of the popular East Side Fillin' Station food court on the Northwest corner of Sixth and Waller, in near-East Austin. Picnic tables sit under a huge multi-trunk Chinaberry tree; the spot bustles day and night. Her menu is small but dynamic, focusing on minced-meat kebabs served in wraps or as bowls; several sides and a vegetarian option round out the delicious and healthy fare. Ahmadi keeps every dish under 400 calories without limiting flavor and uses local, organic, or all-natural ingredients.

The Dude! ($8) features a pita wrapped around a juicy, spiced, minced free-range beef kebab with ripe tomato, cucumber, onion, and jalapeño-avocado sauce. El Arabo! ($7.50) adds pickles and a hummus schmear to the wrap; I got this one with kuku, Ahmadi's vegetarian option. Think of it as golden brown logs of herbed frittata – tastier than tofu and just as healthy. The side of Shirazi ($3) is worth the drive on its own: ripe tomato, crunchy cucumber, and red onion with lemon-mint dressing. Ahmadi's hummus ($4) is unique: a huge portion made with cooked and sprouted garbanzos and less tahini than normal. It's different but delicious.

Wholly Kabob has grown with the addition of a food truck made from an old Red Cross truck. If it is not catering a party or event, you can find it on the corner of Barton Springs and Jessie on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Health food, normally not my deal, but Wholly Kabob manages to cook healthy with loads of flavor.

More Food Reviews
Review: Eldorado Cafe
Review: Eldorado Cafe
Finding the gold in an Allandale strip mall

Jessi Cape, Oct. 20, 2017

Review: Pitchfork Pretty
Review: Pitchfork Pretty
Bringing the new back to New American

Melody Fury, Sept. 15, 2017

More by Mick Vann
Guantanamera Cuban Cuisine
Guantanamera Cuban Cuisine
Good things come in small packages

May 8, 2015

On the Cheap: Taquito Aviles
Taquito Aviles
Getting our goat on Braker

Feb. 20, 2015


Nanaz Ahmadi, kabab, kebab, Middle Eastern food, East Side Fillin' Station trailer park

AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)