After Being Named #1 Place To Eat In United States, San Diego's Shawarma Guys Ready To Open Brick-And-Mortar Locations

May 12, 2022

After making the #1 spot on Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat list in 2020, San Diego's Shawarma Guys food truck is gearing up to expand into its first of several brick-and-mortar restaurants. 

In its first year in business, Shawarma Guys garnered a perfect five stars in nearly all its first 500 online reviews, resulting in the San Diego food truck being named by online review aggregator Yelp as the #1 place to eat in the country for 2020. The mobile eatery was first opened in January 2019 by Iraqi-American chef and former cellphone salesman Bryan Zeto and his father/sous chef Samer in an empty lot at 3012 Grape Street in San Diego's South Park. Following a multi-year search for a prime space to open the company's first brick-and-mortar location, Shawarma Guys will open its first restaurant later this year in the former Petrino's Greek restaurant space across from Grossmont Center in La Mesa. 

In addition to the La Mesa restaurant, Shawarma Guys is also planning to open eateries in Mira Mesa and build a 2-story building with rooftop seating in the empty lot where the food truck parks in South Park. Like the food truck, expect the restaurants to offer a menu of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes, including the popular Australian Wagyu beef shawarma, chicken shawarma eggrolls, lemon cream chop fries, and much more, as well as beer and wine. 

Shawarma Guys is anticipated to open its first restaurant by year's end at 5525 Jackson Drive, Suite B, in San Diego's East County city of La Mesa. For more information, visit