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Souk Shawarma Brings Wood-Fired Middle Eastern Fare to DTLA

Now open on Wilshire.

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Downtown Los Angeles has given itself the gift of wood-fired shawarma, thanks to the quiet arrival on November 30 of Souk Shawarma to the 1111 Wilshire Boulevard mixed use complex.

The live fire Middle Eastern concept has been a few years in the making, but brings with its recent arrival a mix of hummus bowls, shawarma wraps, and plates, each largely customizable. There’s duck, lamb, grass-fed beef, chicken, lamb sausage, and beef sausage (sadouk), plus falafel and more for non-meat eaters. Sides like tabbouleh, muhammara, and fries can accompany any meal. No word on whether or not they’re making pita in-house like Dune and Madcapra, though.

Regardless, Souk is hoping to get on that level with their pecan and post oak fire techniques. As they claim, they’re the only ones actually doing wood-burning shawarma in the entire U.S. They’ve also got a small sweets shop attached to one side called Sucre, which serves up options like gelato and cookies.

Souk Shawarma quietly opened at the end of November, and now operates six days a week (closed Sundays) beginning at 11:30 a.m., though they’re still tweaking their Saturday hours.

Souk Shawarma
1111 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

Souk Shawarma

1111 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA (213) 935-8373