A Local Shawarma Shop With Seriously Global Roots

October 20, 2015

Todd Ginsberg was born again in a cheap Arab-Israeli shawarma joint in the middle of Haifa that was so tiny that if he’d spun around with his arms outstretched he’d’ve knocked over the meat cone.

“So you walk in to this place, Amil’s, and there’s maybe four small tables, all filled with locals, right?” he says at a table not far from his new restaurant, Yalla, in Atlanta’s Krog Street Market. “And there’s a spit, a shawarma-cone machine. The kitchen area was a quarter of the space of the restaurant itself, and it was so small that underneath the shawarma…