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Cafe Mawal

Cafe Mawal is so well hidden, tucked away on a side street in a former single-family dwelling, that you might never know it was there. And that's part of the charm of this little restaurant with the vast, sprawling patio under an acre of oak trees. Eating here is like being at a backyard barbecue with Middle Eastern friends: the kafta kebab, the grilled Mawal-style chicken and any of the simply flame-kissed dishes are the way to go here. Stick around for some shisha and coffee after dinner, though. You won't want to rush home.
Photo by Troy Fields
Details
  • Price: $, $$
  • Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
  • Outdoor seating: Open-air patio
  • Alcohol: No Alcohol
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Parking: Lot available
  • Takeout: