Before Naf Naf Grill in Naperville, I wasn’t too keen on Mediterranean food. In fact, after an adventure to another restaurant specializing in similar food, my general feelings about this type of cuisine could be summed up with this simple phrase: “falafel is awful.”
Then came along Naf Naf.
My wife talked me into trying it because of a coupon she had (I wasn’t paying full price for something I knew I wasn’t going to like!).
So, one night, we strolled into their original location on Ogden Ave. in Naperville. It was an old Taco Bell that had been converted over to new life.
There was no room because it was pretty small. And there was no air conditioning.
Not off to a great start considering that I wasn’t that interested in going to begin with.
That’s because the place was jammed full of people. I was hoping that the hustle and bustle inside was an indicator that I wouldn’t totally hate this place.
I stepped up to the plate and placed my order.
The people behind the counter were working hard. Real hard. It was probably a gazillion degrees back there. But everyone seemed happy. That was another thing giving me hope for a positive result.
So, my order comes up and we luckily found a place to sit. Time to dive in and give this a go.
Bite one. Bite two. Bite three. Ok, I hadn’t barfed yet. Good sign.
Bite four. Bite five. Dang, this is pretty good.
Bite six. Bite seven. Bite eight. Wait a second… do I actually like this?
Bite nine. Bite ten. I’m hooked.
That was all it took. I totally loved it. So, yeah, needless to say that I wasn’t afraid of this type of food any longer. Guess I just needed to try it at the right place.
Apparently lots of other people agreed because they’ve got a bunch more locations now. And that old Ogden location was quickly replaced by a newer one in Naperville, which I’ve been to more times than I can count.
I actually ask my wife now “hey, wanna go to Naf Naf?”. The first time I suggested it she thought I was joking because I never liked that type of food before.
But now she knows that I don’t think that “falafel is awful” anymore. At least not at Naf Naf.
Naf Naf Grill Menu
- Chicken Shawarma
- Chicken Breast Kabab
- Chicken Thigh Kabab
- Beef Tenderloin Kabab
- Beef Kifta Kabab
- Chicken Schnitzel
- $11.99 average price “on a plate” (includes pita, tahini, peppers, and 2 sides)
- $6.79 average price “in a pita” (includes hummus or Israeli salad)
You can also get a few other options, such as:
- Veggie Feast
- Baba Ghanoush
- Lentil Soup
- Israeli Salad
- Purple Cabbage Salad
- Tabule Salad
- Basmati Rice
- Homemade Fries
Naf Naf Grill Naperville Location
1739 Freedom Dr., Suite 109 – Naperville, IL 60563
Phone: 630-904-7200 | Fax: 630-955-5976
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11AM – 9PM