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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Shahrazad Cafe opens on Magazine Street

Posted By on Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 1:16 PM

click to enlarge Shahrazad Cafe is now open at 4739 Magazine Street. - PHOTO BY HELEN FREUND
  • Shahrazad Cafe is now open at 4739 Magazine Street.

Shahrazad Cafe (4739 Magazine St., 504-571-5003), a new Mediterranean restaurant, is now open on Magazine Street.

For nearly two years, the corner building with orange trim across the street from Le Bon Temps Roule, sat empty. Restaurant owner Jamal Ismail took over the property (once home to barbershop and salon Sade’s Amour) in 2015. He says permit issues delayed the opening.

The restaurant, which also is across the street from Israeli spot Tal’s Hummus, serves a selection of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes, including tabouleh salads, hummus with fried cauliflower, chicken shawarma and gyro sandwiches, falafel, char-broiled lamb chops and chicken and beef kebabs. There also is a Philly cheese steak sandwich, a chicken nuggets kid’s meal, and a Magazine burger topped with grilled onions, jalapenos, mushrooms and cheese.

Ismail, who is Palestinian and originally from Jerusalem, says the restaurant will not sell alcohol but might add a hookah component at some point, pointing to the adjacent patio that overlooks Magazine Street. Guests are welcome to bring their own alcohol at no additional charge, Ismail says. Nonalcoholic drinks include Bavarian apple soda, Lebanese tea, Turkish coffee and a selection of soft drinks.

The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

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