Great chicken shawarma - but first you’ll have to find it

Hidden gem of Middle Eastern flavors tucked behind Kensington mosque

Read This Story at Publisher

Location: PA-Philadelphia

Story Date: 11/20/2018

Author: Craig LaBan

The chicken shawarma that turns to a roasty crisp every Friday on a spit at the Al Amana Grocery may be the best I’ve had in Philadelphia in recent memory. But first you’ll have to find it. This little grocery store and grill is tucked behind the Al Aqsua mosque on Germantown Avenue in Kensington, where it’s been for nearly 25 years. But even once you figure out that its entrance is off tiny North Cadwallader Street at the rear of the mosque, you still need to pass through the gate of the school playground that sits beside its nondescript entrance. Inside, a tightly packed room of market shelves stocking everything from huge 2.75-liter jugs of Nablus olive oil (a bargain at $17.99) to fresh ripe figs and jars of jallab date juice crowds two little booths in the front for limited eat-in seating. Most of the food here is purchased to go.

Place Category: Food & Drink

Story Category: