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Shawafel Opens today at 1322 H St, NE

by Prince Of Petworth August 15, 2011 at 11:30 am 30 Comments

Photo by PoPville contributor Anya Dembling

Shawafel opened today (after a soft opening this weekend) at 11am at 1322 H St, NE. Their Facebook page says:

“I, Alberto Sissi, will be opening a Lebanese Cuisine on Monday, August 15, 2011 called Shawafel. Shawarma and Falafel quick served restaurant, the name comes from the two words combined “Shawafel”. We will be serving chicken, lamb and beef mixed Shawarma; the traditional Lebanese way which is made from scratch with my family’s secret sauce. All our meat will be bought from local farmers, cutting it, marinating it and then skewered on the vertical spit. Same goes for the chicken shawarma. We will be serving spreads such as: hummus and baba ghanoug. For salad options, we will have Tabouleh and Fattouch as served in Lebanon. A side from other vegetarian options, we will be serving a cauliflower sandwich that is topped with lettuce, tahini sauce, pickels and fries. For the night goers the french fries sandwich should be satisfying, it is a signature sandwich that we will be offering; the topping remains a secret.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Nivad

Nivad writes about the soft opening:

“It was delicious.”

We previously spoke about Shawafel here.

Photo by PoPville contributor Anya Dembling

  • Claire

    So excited about this! I’m half-Lebanese and spent time studying in Beirut and have long lamented the lack of decent shawarma around here – hope this place is reasonably priced and delicious!

    • Anonymous

      hard to beat the falafel in beirut!

  • Frances

    I wish they stayed open later! H ST needs some true late night options besides Taylor or $7 slices of pie that take half an hour to come out. At this point even a Jumbo Slice would be welcome.

    • EnglishTeddy

      +1.. hate those luxurious pies!

    • Kim

      They are open until 3 am on Thursday-Saturday. I, too, hope they are a good late night option!

    • Anonymous

      the diner?

  • Dan

    Still a Sh-awful name.

    • Anonymous

      “Shwarma falafel” or “(this) shit’s awful”?

    • Denizen of Tenallytown

      Wait until one of the employees quits and opens “Falerma” down the street, then you’ll see some decent competition.

      (Yes, I recycled this joke.)

  • Anonymous

    Still makes me think Shaw-Awful.

    • Agreed. Shaw is hardly “awful.” Overrated, maybe, but hardly awful.

    • Anonymous

      Horrible name. Clearly Alberto did not conduct the most basic form of market research which is ask one person on the street what they think of the potential name and if they start laughing hysterically then choose another name. Simple focus group research really. So awful.

  • Don

    I was fortunate enough to taste some of Alberto’s food. Having tasted traditional Lebanese food when I was in Beirut, I can attest that this place is the real deal. If you’re looking for fresh, traditional Shawarma and Falafel, this is your place. The tabouleh, fattouch, humans, and baba ghanoug were all amazing as well. This is going to be a great addition to H St. NE for lunch/dinner and late night. The prices are very reasonable, too.

    • A.

      Humans are delish! yumyumyum… hope i can get a large order not just a small order

      • Anonymous


        i like hipster hash myself. but i’m low brow like that.

    • Don

      **Hummus – not humans (Damn auto-correct)

  • Anonymous

    name doesn’t bother me a bit… though i’ll probably just call it the falafel place.

  • Christina

    I had the pleasure of attending the soft opening on Friday. And name aside, I guarantee this is the best Lebanese in the city. My family is from Lebanon and with bite after bite of Alberto’s fresh fatoush, smokey babaghanoush, crispy falafel, and decadent french fry sandwich, I was transported back to my grandmother’s kitchen in Beirut. Everything is handmade and delicious. Do yourself a favor and eat here soon. I’m sure you’ll run into me.

    • victoria

      You can’t have “name aside!” It is a terrible name – There are 100 ways to pun on “awful” and 200 of them will be on blogs. Don’t cripple yourself in the gate!

      • Anonymous

        Hehe – yuppies obsessing about the name of a food place they haven’t even tried = pure comedy. I think we’ve found an untapped reserve of pure marketing geniuses!

      • Kev29

        Having a terrible name that’s hated by bloggers is soooo post-ironic. They win.

  • Cornholio

    Cannot wait to try it.

  • Jordan

    Awesome! A new H Street restaurant that appears to be modestly priced (looking at you Tru Orleans), focused on making a quality product and hasn’t pissed off the entire neighborhood (looking at you Big Board). Im in!

    Cant wait to try it!

  • Anonymous

    Falawarma would have been better.

  • Kev29

    I don’t care what the name is – if they can provide a decent schwarma with fries at 1am, I’m there.

  • Elaine

    I went to Shawafel this evening. I ordered the Chicken Shawarma and I really wasn’t that impressed. However, if you are looking for a good burrito you should check out Chicken Tortilla on Barracks Row. The best I’ve tasted in a while.

    • Anonymous

      Ooouuch!!! First day even. What a hater. I went for a late lunch and loved the meat shawarma. The best in DC I’ve had. They’ll do very well with the late night crowds. Open til 3am Thurs – Sat

    • dt

      If you were expecting something like a burrito, no wonder you were disappointed! This shawarma is totally different. And delicious!

  • Elaine

    Anonymous- 15 Aug 10:55 – Most foods taste good in the wee hours when you are full of liquor.


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