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***Please note that during the Coronavirus crisis all bars and performance venues are closed. There are some performances online. Also, restaurants in New Orleans are closed but some have takeout.

This meetup is for curious souls who love to eat, learn and enjoy music, dance, film and discussion about the beauty of Arabic, Turkish, Persian and North African culture. *At this moment, there are no official Meetups. But the weekly performances by Mahmoud Chouki and Amine Boucetta are listed. I will be at as many of these performances as I can. If you want to meet, just send me a message. If I missed anything or anyone, please send me a message as well. Read on for a listing of Tamalyn's favorite Middle Eastern restaurants and groceries.


Shwarma on the Go, 3720 Magazine St., New Orleans (504) 269-6427- Famously good food in a gas station. Try the Iraqi Lula Kebab platter. Everything else they have is delicious too. (Garden District)

Saba, 5757 Magazine St. (504) 324-7770- Excellent and very gourmet, fancy place. Reservations recommended. (Uptown)

Monas Cafe: 3 locations: 3901 Banks St. (Mid City) , (504) 482-7743, 4126 Magazine St. (504) 894-9800, (Garden District) 504 Frenchmen St. 504-949-4115 (Marigny) - All three are consistently good, but I like the atmosphere on Banks st. the best, and they have a market too.

Anatolia Mediterranean Cuisine, 3100 Magazine St, (504) 249-5454 - Good Turkish food. (Garden District)

Stella Maris Restaurant & Hookah Lounge, 7555 W Judge Perez Dr. (504) 267-7137 A little far but their food is good and they have a nice market. (Arabi)

Jamila's Cafe, 7808 Maple Street 504-866-4366 - Tunisian food in a cute little house, (Uptown)

1000 Figs, 3141 Ponce De Leon St. (504) 301-0848- Order at the counter. Delicious food. Nice place. (Fairgrounds area)

Falafel King, 2424 Williams Blvd l, (Kenner) Palestinian family owned. They serve Mensef on Fridays. (yummy Jordanian rice, lamb and yoghurt dish) (504) 305-1797


Monas, 3901 Banks St. - Has a lot of items. (Mid City) Monas, 504 Frenchmen St.- Small, but convenient for visitors .(Marigny) Stella Maris, 7555 W Judge Perez Dr. - Far, but has a lot to offer. (Arabi) Crescent Market, 401 Realty Dr. Far but very big and has great pita. (West Bank) International Market- 3940 Barron St. (Metairie) Huge Indian owned market with food from around the world. More Indian but they have quite a bit of Middle Eastern too.

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Mahmoud Chouki at Sidebar

SideBar Nola

Mahmoud Chouki at Dragons Den!

Dragon's Den

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