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Craving Middle Eastern? Check out These 3 New Philadelphia Spots

posted on: Mar 2, 2019


Interested in trying some new Middle Eastern spots in Philadelphia? You’re in luck: we’ve found the freshest businesses to fill the bill. Here are the newest places to check out the next time you’re in the mood for Middle Eastern food.

Al Nahrain Halal Restaurant

9356 Old Bustleton Ave., Bustleton


Al Nahrain Halal Restaurant is a Middle Eastern and halal spot.

On the menu, look for classic Middle Eastern dishes like whole-chicken curry, shawarma plates and sandwiches and Iraqi and Turkish kabobs. There’s also a few American dishes, like hamburgers, chicken wings and fries.

Al Nahrain Halal Restaurant currently holds 4.5 stars out of three reviews on Yelp, indicating good reviews.

Yelper Zara L., who reviewed Al Nahrain Halal Restaurant on Feb. 21, wrote, “Even though this is the only Iraqi restaurant in the area, the food is delicious. The shawarma is a must-try. The restaurant also has plenty of art and décor throughout.

Al Nahrain Halal Restaurant is open from 11 a.m.–11 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, and Sunday and 11 a.m.–midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Pita Pita

1932 Liacouras Walk, Temple University


Pita Pita is a Middle Eastern spot.

This late-night college spot spot offers plates of meat-focused shawarma plates and sandwiches. There’s also kebabs, falafel pita sandwiches or bowls, and plenty of sides. For American-style fare, there’s multi-piece chicken wing platters.

With a 4.5-star rating out of three reviews on Yelp, Pita Pita has been getting positive attention.

Tara S., who reviewed the spot on Jan. 18, noted, “I had the fattoush salad bowl with lamb shawarma and my bowl was filled to the brim. My friend had the falafel rice bowl with four huge falafels and packed with extras.”

Pita Pita is open from 10 a.m.–midnight on weekdays and 11 a.m.–midnight on weekends.

Gyro Express

2101 S. Third St., Whitman


Gyro Express is a Mediterranean, halal and Pakistani spot.

This spot offers a wide selection of Middle Eastern fare. Look for seven-inch pita pizzas, kebabs, gyros and plenty of barbecue and tandoori plates. There’s also classic American dishes like cheesesteaks, burgers, chicken wings and more.

With a five-star Yelp rating out of 11 reviews on Yelp, Gyro Express has been getting positive attention.

Yelper Krystal H., who was one of the first users to visit Gyro Express on February 21, wrote, “The barbecue combo was excellent. The falafel sandwich was huge and filling and the tabouleh salad was fresh. We definitely have a new go-to.”

Gyro Express is open from 11 a.m.–midnight on Monday-Friday, noon–midnight on Saturday, and noon–10 p.m. on Sunday.