Naf Naf Grill, a fast-growing Chicago-based chain specializing in Middle Eastern staples like hummus and falafel, is expanding its Twin Cities footprint with secured spots at the new luxury addition at the Mall of America, at City Center in Downtown Minneapolis and in Woodbury. Naf Naf Grill, which already has outposts in US Bank Plaza in downtown Minneapolis, Eden Prairie and Maple Grove, is a fast-food chain serving from scratch pitas, fresh salads and fries, steak or chicken shawarma and one of the best takes on baba ganoush in the midwest.
Naf Naf Grill follows the Chipotle service model, complete with a rapidly moving assembly line and an open style kitchen. Customers choose from a pita sandwich, salad, rice bowl or a hummus bowl, choose a protein like their award-winning chicken shawarma or falafel, then select from a variety of salads like sumac onions, purple cabbage or pickles. Finally, choose a topping, or all, from a line up of sauces like a creamy tahini or a vibrant, kicky s’khug made with jalapenos, garlic and cumin. It’s a giant portion no matter which vessel you choose, but don’t let that stop you from ordering the fries, which are really extraordinarily tender chips.
In expanding outside of Chicago, the team hopes to introduce the masses to the approachable versatility of Middle Eastern cuisine. Regional Manager Tomer Gal hopes everyone who comes through the doors feels comfortable and leaves happy. When stopping by for a quick lunch or dinner, you might want to take an order of those fluffy pitas with you when you leave. Still fresh-out-of-the-oven warm, an order of six is a steal at under $5.