Peri Peri Original Now Open, Kallisto Steakhouse Coming Soon

Peri Peri Original is now open in the former home of Pollo Mex at Colesville Center, with Kallisto Steakhouse soon to follow.

Watford, U.K.-based Peri-Peri Original opened its first U.S. restaurant in Alexandria, Va., in 2018. The Nando’s competitor is currently expanding rapidly in the United States, with over a dozen locations already open in Maryland and Virginia.

An Afro-Portuguese dish, peri-peri is a flame-grilled chicken dish seasoned with peri-peri sauce and available at various degrees of heat. There are also burgers, salads, pitas and wraps, tacos, milkshakes, and more to choose from.

Yelp reviewer Maria P. gave the restaurant high marks last week, stating that their fried chicken sandwich is “better than Popeyes. Yes, you read me. BETTER THAN POPEYES! It can be customized with different sauces and there’s an array of sides to choose from if you desire a little something extra 🙂 We’re talking perfectly crispy tenders on a soft bun with mayo (for the classic), or you could get honey butter/honey garlic/Nashville hot/buffalo, ooooor you could even get the fillet that’s grilled after a 24hr marinade.”

Sister restaurant Kallisto Steakhouse opened in Herndon, Va. in 2020, serving Halal steaks:

“Impatient and unsatisfied from the unavailability of true steak parlors and appropriate cuts under Halal sector, company leaders took a daunting and brave step to take the reins in their hands and inaugurated the operations with the deep vision on providing excellence around the principles of 3Ps – people, process and product.

“Kallisto Steakhouse incepted with only one goal and that is to bring premium cut and best in class Halal Steaks to its loyal and respected steak connoisseurs, Kallisto Steak house company is proud of being a first mover in the steak industry while offering the unique products to its esteemed patrons.

“The founders bring deep enthusiasm towards ensuring the sophistication in ultimate product delivery to the end consumers with pride and excellence. Furthermore, finding passion and zeal in delivering mouthwatering steaks that are flavored and grilled to perfection to serve the perfect taste and fulfill the appetite.”

Both restaurants are located at 13436 New Hampshire Ave., next to Polka Deli.

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