Today’s post features Chef Marco Adas—a longtime local resident and owner of Byblos Deli (3414 Connecticut Avenue NW). A neighborhood favorite in Cleveland Park, Byblos Deli is known for Chef Marco’s daily specials and the best gyros and falafel in the city!

Tell us a little bit about your business. 

We’ve been serving our neighborhood seven days a week for the last 25 years. Our food stems from homemade recipes I grew up with from my country. We prepare gyros, fresh chicken and kafta, fresh falafel and hummus, baklava, and many other traditional Mediterranean dishes. Every week I try to think of a new special or ways I can make the specials we cook now even better. We also cater anything from a small platter, to a dinner party, or a small event.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I started my journey with food in Lebanon, moved to Montreal, and have found a home here for the last 25 years. I came to this county when I was 22 and I found a great place here in Cleveland Park doing what I love— making food and making people happy!

What is unique about your business?

What makes Byblos unique is quite simple: you can’t find another local spot where the food is as fresh, tasty, and where the service is as friendly as Carlos and Chiumbo. Stop by and say hello to us. We’re always here to serve you and most likely we’ll remember your order! 

Are you still operating during COVID-19? In what ways?

Yes, we have been open during the pandemic and have not closed our doors once and we don’t plan to. 

However, we couldn’t have been as successful without the help from Mr. Zachary Rybarcyk and his team at District Bridges. They supported us getting some new equipment (a refrigerator station). 

If it wasn’t for them, we would have had to close a few days and figure out what to do next. They not only helped us financially, but Mr. Zach helped me with everything! He answered every call and answered all my questions and helped me every step of the way.  We couldn’t have done it without them!

Byblos Deli is open for takeout, dine in (limited seating), and delivery (Postmates).

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