Shawarma Mediterranean Grill in Centennial
Each culture has its own interpretation of the falafel, and the same can be said of Mediterranean restaurants. There are national chains who use pre-fab garbanzo powder mixed with water, restaurants who hand-make their falafels with the freshest chick peas and spices available, and everything in between.
Shawarma Mediterranean Grill in Centennial takes the cake (or should we say, baklava?). And it’s one of the reasons Shawarma keeps customers lined up around the block.
Opened nine years ago by entrepreneurs and brothers Abe and Pierre Dagher, originally from Lebanon, Shawarma consistently offers fresh, handmade Mediterranean cuisine in a friendly, fast-casual environment. Six days a week, you’ll find both or one of the brothers there, serving regulars and newbies with a smile and a greeting.
“Our secret is not only the fresh ingredients, but the service to our customers. We know our customers personally, and they know us. If I’m not here on a particular evening, they want to know, ‘Where’s Abe? Is everything ok?’”
Their mouthwatering menu includes kabobs, Kafta (ground sirloin beef with onions, parsley and Mediterranean spices) of course, Shawarma.
“Shawarma is the process of cooking the meat,” says Pierre. “It takes at least 24 hours for the meat to salt perfectly with the spices,” says Pierre. “It turns as it cooks on a vertical spit, and we shave it off thinly with a knife.”
“We love doing this,” says Abe. “Customer satisfaction is the best part. It makes us proud that we’re doing something the customers like.”
Shawarma Mediterranean Grill
7527 S. University Blvd., Centennial
Open 10 a.m to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday