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Naf Naf Grill

Naf NafIn a word: Build-your-own-shawarma bar.

The specs: #00984  
555 State St., 53703
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JM ate the steak shawarma with a soda.
Nichole ate the veggie feast with a soda.
The bill was $20, or $10/person, plus tip.
JM gave Naf Naf Grill a B+; Nichole gave Naf Naf Grill a B- (see our grading rubric).

Seriously, Naf Naf is like a Chipotle for shawarma. Maybe it's just the "stainless steel version" of this cuisine. And they have "der Gerät," the authentic Döner robot!

Naf Naf pales in comparison to other downtown student-accessible Mediterranean places (Med Café and the Banzo cart being the most obvious examples), but it is open for dinner.  You can get your shawarma with chicken, steak or vegetables.  The steak is spicy with cumin and a hint of something exotic, which could include cinnamon, truthfully.  The "veggie feast" is a little bit of everything - almost too much to eat in one sitting. The chopped salad was delicious, though the purple cabbage base ended up on the soggy side by the end.

The basmati rice was good and buttery-tasting, and we'll have to try the fries next time - and there could easily be a next time if we find ourselves on State Street in need of a quick, light bite.


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