Okay, Shawarma King on Kensington Rd just east of 14 St NW is open! Anybody try it? I'd trudge there for lunch today but it's farking snowing and I don't want to walk all the way to kensington from bankview if it's not worth it!
SAMMY'S at 17th Ave SW and about 12 St, in an apartment building where a tiny deli used to be that advertised "great huge sandwich" is pretty damn good- takeout only. I got a large chicken shawarma there and was disappointed that his panini press isn't functioning but was thrilled to find he uses that same toothsome tender Byblos pita that they do at A and A- and his meat is sublime. He gave me a sample of beef and I must admit- it was outstanding. Tiny sandwich menu and he was, horror of horrors, out of hummous when I visited (a lebanese place with no hummous? like going to McDonald's and being told they're out of fries), but what I had I liked, a lot.