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

ViolentScarlet May 24, 2012 08:46 AM

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. woodleyparkhound RE: ViolentScarlet May 24, 2012 09:40 AM

    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

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      katecm RE: ViolentScarlet May 24, 2012 09:54 AM

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

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        hamster RE: ViolentScarlet May 24, 2012 05:09 PM

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

        1. Dennis S RE: ViolentScarlet May 25, 2012 06:10 AM

          Max's in Wheaton. Will not disappoint.

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            DanielK RE: Dennis S May 25, 2012 08:03 AM

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

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              dining with doc RE: Dennis S May 28, 2012 12:52 PM

              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. monkeyrotica RE: ViolentScarlet May 25, 2012 09:45 AM

              Have you tried Shawafel on H Street?


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


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                4X4 RE: monkeyrotica May 25, 2012 09:59 AM

                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. :)

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                  agarnett100 RE: 4X4 May 25, 2012 10:03 AM

                  I tried Shawafel on H Street it was okay nothing memorable

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                    hamster RE: agarnett100 May 26, 2012 02:20 PM

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

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                      Dennis S RE: hamster May 27, 2012 01:17 PM

                      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.

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                MDicecreamguy RE: ViolentScarlet May 29, 2012 05:59 PM

                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.

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