Photo by LP Hastings Eat up!
Upon my first trip to El Mahroosa Cafe & Hookah Lounge, I had a choice. Do I sit in the stark white room under harsh fluorescent lights, or do I make my way to the covered patio? It was clear. No one sits in the front room. Everyone, even if they're not planning to puff on a hookah pipe, chooses the patio.
Out here, there were plush orange couches and cushioned wicker chairs. On the far wall, fan-blown fabrics emulated torches. Underneath the doorway to the kitchen, a huge clock was labeled "Cairo." Throughout the cavernous space, all the flat-screen TVs were tuned to the same channel, the Middle Eastern equivalent of MTV. As the evening progressed, more people streamed in. There were groups of men, women in hijabs, whole families with kids still in strollers.More »