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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Middle Eastern: 5 Stars

Re: “Café Cedar -- CLOSED

We were looking for something unusual, and we found it. It was a great place. The food was delicious and the server was very friendly. I will happily go there again, and tell others about it.

Posted by Chad on 03/05/2012 at 7:02 AM

Re: “The Jerusalem Café

It is not often a restaurant does more than provide good food and good service. Considering myself a bit of a foodie, I dine often, and expect the utmost service and quality; however, one local spot went so above and beyond at a recent dining experience I felt compelled to share.

Having just completed an art class, two friends and I were looking for a good meal a bit off the beaten path. Something we didn’t have everyday and was a good local spot. We decided on Jerusalem Cafe, for some great food. We had all been here several times before and enjoyed it immensely. The hummus, baba ganoush, and dolmas we ordered as an appetizer were simply delectable. Warm pita bread accompanied the sample appetizer platter. Conversation came to a halt as moans and groans of pure delight echoed from our table. The quiet dimly lit restaurant was surely bothered by the sounds of joy coming from our table.

Then came the main course. We had each ordered some sort of pita sandwich, two of us the gyro, and one shawarmah chicken. Again, our conversation stopped and the cacophony of happy eating continued.

Then the noises from our table turned, and turned quickly. My friend yelled in a panic to call 911, as his wife shook uncontrollably, her eyes seemingly rolling back. Screams came from across the restaurant, other patrons starred as we quickly tried to figure out what was going on. The convulsions lasted for what seemed like hours, but really only minutes.

Within a few more minutes the fire fighters and EMTs arrived, completely disrupting this quiet, dimly lit establishment. Service halted while everyone starred to see if she was alright. “A seizure”, the paramedic said, “we need to take her to the hospital.“ Time continued to move slowly, and all focus stayed on my friend. Our server and the manager both quickly jumping to do whatever we needed. The EMTs loaded her up and off to the hospital we went.

Once the chaos had calmed and the doctors assured us she would be okay, we breathed. And then it dawned on me. We had walked out on our tab, something none of us had ever done before. The next day I went back, looking to thank our server and the manager as well as pay our debt. I met the most gracious manager. He immediately recognized me and said “is she okay.” I replied yes, and that I needed to pay our tab. He refused. He said, “Just make sure she is okay, this one is on us.”

Too often we go through life and are disappointed by the compassion people share. For us, that Wednesday evening we experienced great compassion that will not be forgotten. The food, always fantastic, the ambiance exactly what we wanted, but more than that a place we truly feel treats its customers as neighbors, not clients.

Thank you Jeresualem Cafe. We look forward to our next, hopefully less eventful, visit.

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Posted by Bill Keith on 01/28/2012 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Café Cedar -- CLOSED

You get so much food! And it is so delicious. The owner and his wife are so warm and friendly. I couldn't believe they remembered us. We have been listening to Brian Ruskin on Tuesdays down there. Man what great music for the northland. That is hard to find.
Rating Detail:
Food: 5
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

Posted by Lee on 02/24/2010 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Café Cedar -- CLOSED

Cafe Cedar has change so much since the old photograph provided by the pitch. The remolding and updated interior creates a fantastic atmosphere. The middle eastern food they have to offer is exquisite. It far outranks any in the city. The owner makes everything from scratch, no hummus mix or purchased pita. He constantly working on new recipes to add to the already extensive menu. I have been there on several occasions when he emerges from the kitchen with something for his "regulars" to try. The hummus, falafel and babaghanoush are simply fantastic, the pita made from scratch, and so much more. If you are a true middle eastern food lover, you have to try the muhummera. A little hard to find, next to the post office on highway 9 in Parkville, they reside a building that looks like a river boat. A unique twist is they also provide a delicious American menu. My kids have a cheeseburger, while I dine on Mediterranean fare. I highly reccomend it. http://www.cafecedar.com/Middle_Eastern_Menu.html
Rating Detail:
Food: 5
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

Posted by Michelle on 08/19/2009 at 7:20 AM

Re: “Café Cedar -- CLOSED

Great Middle Eastern Food. New Decor is really cool. Full bar, and music on Wed and Sun. Our family loves it.
Rating Detail:
Food: 5
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

Posted by M on 04/16/2009 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Aladdin Café

great place, found by accident, now my favorite place to eat
Rating Detail:
Food: 5
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 4
Value: 5
Overall: 5

Posted by meri on 10/20/2007 at 10:34 AM

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