Why Yafo Kitchen is One of the Hottest Restaurants Right Now

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Yafo Kitchen is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Charlotte. I had the opportunity to go to a Charlotte Food Bloggers event where we heard from Chef Shai Forgian, and there I fell even more in love with this restaurant! I want to share with you all the secrets I learned so you will know exactly WHY Yafo is one of the most popular restaurants in Charlotte.

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1. Homemade dishes with complex ingredients and spices imported from Israel. This is incredible. Instead of Chef Shai settling for spices that he could buy on the shelves in Charlotte, he chooses to import certain important spices from his home country. Wow.

 Chicken Shwarma Bowl

Chicken Shwarma Bowl

2. The HUMMUS. Customers are obsessed with the smooth, delicious hummus that they serve at Yafo. The chickpeas are soaked for 8 hours, and Chef Shai is so dedicated to perfection that he only trusts two employees to make his hummus. Soon Yafo will be featuring a rotation of seasonal hummus, like this beet hummus we sampled!

 Beet Hummus with homemade pita 

Beet Hummus with homemade pita 

3. Plenty of allergy friendly options. If you are gluten-free, diary free, or meat free, there are so many options for you to choose from. I like to eat vegetarian most of the time, and I am obsessed with the falafel!

4. Fast AND delicious. Need I say more? :)

 Pictured below is the falafel I was talking about!

Pictured below is the falafel I was talking about!

Yafo's unique blend of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors in a fast-casual environment truly make it unforgettable. It's no surprise they usually see 500-900 customers daily! In 2018 Yafo will be expanding to include a Plaza Midwood location. I have the feeling this is just the beginning for this incredible establishment.