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Travels With Frenchie: Shisha Cafe

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Fabien “Frenchie” Jacob and fellow traveler Carlos Montoya

The main course consisted of beef shawarma, chicken shawarma and lamb tikka. Without question, the beef shawarma was the best of all three. Cinnamon and other earthy spices gave the beef intoxicating warmth, while a yogurt sauce on the side added a refreshing coolness. The chicken shawarma was very moist according to Frenchie and lauded by Carlos as well, though still a distinct second to the beef. The lamb was an also-ran compared to the others though Frenchie felt it had great flavor but just wasn’t a very good cut. Carlos wondered aloud if there might be some connective tissue or membranes contributing to the gristle.

While we slowly exited, more and more hookahs were being ordered—surely the way to best capture the Shisha experience. Jerusalem Grill is still the sultan of the city, but Shisha offers a patio experience with a casual and festive touch that is worth a late-night trip.

Shisha Cafe

5500 Babcock, Ste 101
(210) 694-4800

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