Young and Hungry

Paging Dr. Atkins! Shawafel’s French Fry Sandwich Is a Carb-Loader’s Creamy Dream

Lebanese-themed shawarma-and-falafel joint Shawafel opened this week along D.C.'s burgeoning H Street corridor. Operated by Alberto Sissi, a veteran of José Andrés' Think Food Group, the shiny new fast-casual-style joint serves various chicken, lamb and beef wraps. But, its "signature" item is a french-fry sandwich—"the only one in town," according to Sissi, who expects the "night goers" along the popular party strip to find it immensely "satisfying."

Young & Hungry dropped by the Northeast D.C. eatery for a bite of Sissi's exclusively super-starchy sandwich, priced at $6.50, last night. And it tastes, well, pretty much like you'd expect a pile of greasy fries, smothered in ketchup and creamy cole slaw, then wrapped into a griddled pita, to taste: full of fat and guilt. (The menu also mentions pickles in the mix, but mine had none.) Sissi's new eatery might trace its roots to the Middle East. But this thing seems entirely American to me. Vendors should hawk it at the Iowa State Fair, if they don't already.

After a few bites...


Subsequently dissected....

Photos by Chris Shott

  • CTK

    The UK version of this known as a "chip butty". I'm surprised the Queen Vic doesn't have it on their menu.

  • yup

    This is why you're fat.

  • anon


    supersized +1

  • Joshua

    Waiting for the Quebecois version with gravy and cheese...

  • monkeyrotica

    Whoever makes a poutine sandwich has a license to print money.

  • Liz G.

    sounds gross. :)

  • RegO

    I was thinking that this sandwich would have meat in it as well. I know we're not in France but the doner kebabs there give u the option for fries in the sammy. Now that is some tasty stuff

  • ian

    Quick PIta was doing this for years. RIP Quick Pita.

  • ssi

    In Lebanon, almost any sandwich comes with french fries. Burgers, etc... This sandwich is great though if you love french fries. The Chicken Shawarma also comes with french fries inside. It's DELICIOUS!