fawaz hamed Twice in as many weeks I've had the pleasure of trying to food at Casablanca's Cafe in downtown Willow Glen (just a mile from my house). Located at 1185 Lincoln Ave, it's conveniently located near many other shops, businesses, and resterautns--not to mention parking at the nearby Bank of America branch.

Both times the food was skilfully prepared by owner Fawaz Hamed using fresh and tasty ingredients. So far I've sampled the Chicken Shawarma (twice--it's fantastic), Kufta Kabob, and Chicken Breast Fillet. Oh, and of course the excellent Baklava for dessert. :-)

If you're in the mood for some well priced food made in front of your eyes at a locally owned business, I highly recommend Casablanca's Cafe.

It's hard to believe I've lived just a mile from this place for over three years and hadn't stopped by to check it out.

More about Casablanca's Cafe:

Posted by jzawodn at June 14, 2007 11:42 AM

Reader Comments
# kathryn said:

I love that place too! They have excellent, authentic greek food. Have you tried the place on Bascom Ave. too? Yiossi (I think that's the spelling). Yummy!

on June 14, 2007 03:10 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

I haven't but definitely should try it.

on June 14, 2007 04:15 PM
# Brian Cantoni said:

Another cool place in Willow Glen is Aqui's -- have you tried it?


I'm not sure about the moniker "Cal-Mex", but the food is excellent!

on June 14, 2007 07:27 PM
# De Grunt said:

If you get to Holland, I'd recommend the Brasserie in Leiden.

It looks like just another little provincial restaurant, but the food is just insanely great.

on June 15, 2007 04:31 AM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:


It's on my list of places to try very soon...

on June 15, 2007 09:52 AM
# Ryan said:

You must get to Aqui soon. We love it. And it's
*cheap*. We do it for take out ALL the time. It's a WG staple. Unfortunately, with the kids, we haven't had the chance to just hang out and drink Margaritas, but those are supposed to be good too.

on June 17, 2007 09:05 PM
# Pagerank said:

Good place!
It's on my list of places to try very soon...

on June 18, 2007 08:30 AM
# Song said:

I am adding this to my "try lists".
Thanks for the info!!

on June 18, 2007 02:24 PM
# Joe Hunkins said:

Wow - first post in 14 days. Is that a record since you started blogging?

Food looks great. Is he carving up beef or lamb in the picture for Gyros Sandwiches = flatbread, tart sauce, meat, tomato, cucumber? At UW Madison WI there was a fantastic Gyros place and I miss them.

on June 18, 2007 03:29 PM
# Sheldon Chang said:

The food at Casablanca's Cafe is truly awesome! I'm the guy who did that "semi-official" looking page for Fawaz. It's about as close to a real website as he'll probably ever get to having. Now, everyone who loves the food there, I'd like to request that you show this man some love and leave a few reviews that I can tack them onto his "semi-official" page.

Leave your review here:

BTW, the Baklava that he makes is also truly awe inspiring. It is so perfectly crispy flaky and chewy at the same time.

Uh, one more thing... he's looking to sell some of the empty refrigeration units that he has left over from the Kosher Meat shop that used to be in his spot. If you know anyone who's needs industrial grade freezers or a meat display case for a new supermarket or deli, hook 'em up with Fawaz, please!

on June 26, 2007 12:38 AM
# Greg Whitescarver said:

Maybe you should start Yelping... I see that you have an account, but no reviews!

on July 6, 2007 01:06 PM
# ashb said:

Theres a cool place near Willow Glen called Pintino's -- have you heard of it? theodoros plakadopoulos Its much better than the other so called Amerimex places tplay basketball
We got a lot of that crap in texas, I'm glad I moved

on July 17, 2007 02:01 AM
# Tim Volpicella said:

I eat at Casablanca's two to three times a week. The food is always fresh. And Farwaz(the owner), always goes out of his way to make me feel comfortable. Plus, the music and conversation is wonderful.

Tim Volpicella

on March 2, 2009 02:08 PM
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