At Naf Naf, we believe in the power of discovery and connecting cultures through a craveworthy culinary experience. We promise to fan the flame of your curiosity and be your guide to exploring the best flavors of the Middle East, with generous servings of our authentic, handmade dishes, like pillowy pita, crispy falafel, savory shawarma, and our scratch-made signature sauces. All of this deliciousness is offered in the true spirit of Middle Eastern hospitality, by our teams who welcome you in to discover, delight, and share.

Staying true to our roots

Naf Naf means ‘fan the flame.’ The expression is used as an invitation for friends and family to gather and share a meal together.

Middle Eastern community and hospitality are unmistakable. We're inspired by Sahar Sander, our late founder who embodied everything about Naf Naf's true meaning. When the first Naf Naf opened in Greater Chicago back in 2009, Sahar made sure to stay true to his roots by creating mouthwatering recipes in a welcoming environment authentic to his Middle Eastern upbringing.

Now, the Naf Naf rallying cry is as strong as ever. We're bringing our eats to fans in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Washington D.C. Our loyal fans have spread the word so quickly that we have people from California to Florida clamoring for a location near them. You think that's cool? We're just getting started. Naf on!

Our Kitchen

The centerpiece of every Naf Naf Grill is our open kitchen and bakery. We cook everything in view so you can see the fresh pitas baking to the shawarmas spinning over an open flame. You'll customize your pita or bowl with a delicious array of proteins, freshly prepared salads and authentic Middle Eastern sauces. The end result is pure perfection: an unparalleled balance of Middle Eastern colors and flavors that truly fans the flame of your curiosity (and your appetite).

Our Specialties


Our Chicken Shawarma is hand-built using the freshest poultry available, slowly roasted throughout the day for you to see, and carved thin in the traditional and most delectable ways.


Our falafel is killer with no filler. Forget the bagged falafel mix; we do it only one way at Naf Naf Grill: the right way. Only fresh chickpeas, onions, peppers, spices and herbs make it into our freshly-ground, hand-crafted falafel. Why do we go to such lengths to make our falafel fresh? Because you’re our guest. And you’re worth it.


At Naf Naf, pita is not just a science, it’s an art form. These melt-in-your-mouth, cloud-like circles of yum are baked in small batches every day for your pleasure. Our pita bread has a reputation and we’re proud of our baby. Stop in for lunch one day and you may get prime courtside seats to watch our highly-skilled bakers do their thing. If you’re lucky, you might even get welcomed with the incomparable aroma of warm pita bread baking.

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