It’s rare to see a consummate vegetarian restaurateur turn to meat; Usually the narrative is about omnivores, such as Daniel Humm from New York and the SingleThread team from Healdsburg, branching out into plant-based fashion concepts. But pivoting to meat is exactly what the Harbali family did with their new San Carlos restaurant, Jood, where tender, smoky kebabs and charcoal-grilled Lebanese meats are the centerpiece of the menu.
Rawan and Khaled Harbali own Falafelle, a green-accented counter-service place in Belmont that exclusively serves vegetarian food. There, the falafels are deep-fried to order, resulting in some of the most crunchy, delicate, and herbaceous fritters in the Bay Area. Since the couple opened it in 2016, the business has become more popular, with lines often stretching beyond the door. But Harbalis are not one-trick ponies. Despite making a living from chickpeas, Khaled Harbali hails from a prolific family of butchers and chefs.