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Anywhere in the DC/Bmore area that's like Amsterdam Falafelshop but with Meat?

Where I used to live, there was a pita place with a toppings bar similar to Amsterdam Falafelshop in Adams Morgan, but you could get chicken or lamb shawarma as the main ingredient instead of just falafel. Is there anywhere like this in the metro area? I love the toppings bar and the whole notion of Amsterdam, but I'm not wild about falafel - it's more about putting up with the falafel in order to get the rest of it, and if I could have meat instead I'd be thrilled.

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  1. Shawarma King? I haven't been in a couple of years, but when I went, I thought it was pretty good - not worth going way out of your way for, but good. The owner was very nice and talkative.

    1654 Columbia Rd NW
    (between N Mozart Pl & N Quarry Rd)
    Washington, DC 20009
    (202) 462-8355
    http://www.shawarmakingdc.com

    1. Roti is somewhat similar. Not as many toppings, and you don't do it yourself, but their hot sauce is to die for.

      1. Old City right down the street on Columbia Road! They have felafel and schwarma, and the same type of toppings bar.

        1. Max's in Wheaton. Will not disappoint.

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          1. re: Dennis S

            Second Max's, but don't forget that it's kosher, so closed Friday night and and Saturday.

            1. re: Dennis S

              3rd Max's in Wheaton for very good Falafal and Schwarma very much like what you would get in Tel Aviv. Kosher so closed Friday evening and reopens Saturday nite after sundown and the end of the Jewish Sabbath.

            2. Have you tried Shawafel on H Street?

              http://www.shawafeldc.com/

              Also, the last time I was at Al Pacino's in Baltimore, the shawarma was pretty good.

              http://www.alpacinopizza.com/

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              1. re: monkeyrotica

                I keep picturing Al Pacino behind a counter, slicing a slab of meat on a spit meat and yelling at you when he serves you your sandwich. :)

                1. re: 4X4

                  I tried Shawafel on H Street it was okay nothing memorable

                  1. re: agarnett100

                    It also doesn't have a serve-yourself toppings bar, does it?

                    1. re: hamster

                      Max's doesn't do serve-yourself, but it still rules. You can even tell the guys general guidelines and they'll take it from there.

              2. if you are in the Baltimore area, Tahinas in Owings Mills would fit the bill.
                Falafel, beef and chicken options in a pita. Extensive topping bar. Alsoa Frites (French Fry) sauce bar similar to Amsterdam.

                I happen to know the owners of Tahinas used Amsterdam as a prtotype to the kind of establishment they wanted. It's alot slicker and cleaner than Amsterdam though.