Design Your Own Dinner at Akivva Grill, Now Open in Arlington

November 24, 2021

If you’ve never tried Turkish lahmacun before, make a beeline for the new Akivva Grill. Its take on the crispy flatbread is truly top-notch according to customers—including many Turkish Americans. The shape and size is akin to a small pizza, but the crispy flatbread forgoes cheese and sauce in favor of minced meat, veggies, and flavorful herbs and spices. It’s just one of your options at this up-and-coming Mediterranean spot.

Its quick-serve approach to cuisine makes it easy to build your own meal, similar to a restaurant like Cava but with the touch of a small business. Start by choosing the protein for your bowl, from falafel to doner and everything in between, then pick a base such as rice, bulgur wheat pilaf, or salad. Next it’s time to load on as many toppings as you like from the colorful toppings bar. It encompasses everything from a vibrant chickpea salad to a bold purple beet hummus, as well as fresh olives, tahini, tzatziki, and more. If you’re overwhelmed by your options, regulars highly recommend you let the staff choose the topping combination for you—apparently they do an excellent job.

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