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Pita-Packing Naf Naf Grill Brings Shawarma to Downtown Diners

Middle Eastern food is coming later this month

Assorted dishes at Naf Naf Grill.
Photo: Naf Naf Grill
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Grab-and-go import Naf Naf Grill, which serves hummus, BYO pita sandwiches, and coin-shaped fries, is scheduled to debut in D.C. this month.

The Middle Eastern-themed chain has a strong presence in Chicago and Philadelphia, and wants to dominate downtown D.C. next. It’s headed for the former Protein Bar space at 1875 K Street NW.

Featured menu items include custom salads, Basmati rice dishes, and protein-topped couscous. The centerpiece of each location is an open kitchen and bakery, and bowls and pita sandwiches are assembled in front of customers. See full menu here.

D.C. is craving the vegetarian-friendly cuisine as of late; there are a few options around town, including homegrown establishments Amsterdam Falafel and Shawafel, as well as expansion-minded New Yorkers The Halal Guys.

The District’s first Naf Naf Grill is expected to begin operating Wednesday, October 18, with free pitas planned for opening day.