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Elie's Cafe Is One Of The Best & Ugliest Restaurants Downtown

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Lee Klein
Hummus with tahini
Agreed that words like best and ugliest shouldn't be thrown about too lightly, but have you been to Elie's Cafe?

It's on the second level of the Galeria Internacional mall -- every other business on the second level appears to have gone as bankrupt as Greece. The only real visuals are tables and about 40 chairs arranged on a tile floor, a counter with kitchen behind it, a display cooler filled with sodas and soft drinks; a television screen turned to CNN, and some tattered photos of the Lubavitcher Rebbe (I looked closely, but none were autographed). There are no windows or doors leading outside, so no natural light whatsoever.


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Lee Klein
Elie's falafel
It is a grim looking restaurant indeed. But ​boy can Elie make a great falafel ($5.95) and shawarma ($9.95) sandwich -- and his hummus hums as well ($3.95 for plate and pita). Each is available on consistently fresh, heated pita bread (they are also available on baguette, but who eats falafel on baguette?) The falafel are crisp outside, soft within; the shawarma meat is tender chicken assertively bathed in Middle Eastern spices (and paired with cabbage), and the hummus smoothly touts a strong tahini flavor with a light lemon accent. A lunch special brings a platter of falafel, hummus, cabbage slaw, Israeli salad, and pita bread for $7.95. That's some deal.

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This is a flattering photo.
​Elie, who hails from Morocco, opened this Glatt Kosher eatery in 2006; a year later he moved the business up a flight to its present location. Other dishes on the compact menu include merguez sausages, roast chicken, kefta kebabs, and a couple of pasta offerings. Prices top out at $12. The restaurant is open from noon to 5 pm, and if you work downtown they'll deliver. Elie's is out of sight and therefore often out of mind, so we thought we'd remind you.

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Location Info

Elie's Cafe - CLOSED

145 E. Flagler St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant


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2 comments
Yoni Dahan
Yoni Dahan

The Best Shawarma in Town ! I'm driving from Aventura once a week to enjoy a lunch at Elie's.

Sandrine
Sandrine

Really Fresh, really good !!!And for the lunch...forgot the decor :)

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