A restaurant called Crave King has opened in Lackawanna, offering shawarma and Yemeni dishes in addition to Middle Eastern favorites.
Ahmed Alkadi, the owner, took over Crave King, at 2693 South Park Ave., after it closed last year. He was previously the owner of Sheba, a restaurant he ran for three years in a space down the street. It closed in 2012.
At Crave King, which opened last week, Alkadi has been working on his shawarma, layers of seasoned meat that’s cooked, shaved and served in a variety of ways. It can be wrapped in pita bread with other fixings, which is the basic offering. It’s also served over plates of salad, rice or hummus.
Another Yemeni specialty is ghallaba, a chicken or lamb dish with vegetables that’s served on a sizzle platter, he said. There’s also falafel, hummus, salads and rice.
Shawarma can be made with lamb or beef, but Crave King is only serving chicken now, Alkadi said. On Saturday and Sunday, when the restaurant is busier, he serves shawarma the classic way, on a vertical rotating spit with meat shaved as it cooks.
The restaurant is presently open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. Phone: 783-9743. Since it’s a new, small restaurant, it may take patience to get served at peak hours, Alkadi warned.
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