The Return of Ali Hijazi
The Plymouth Road spot seats thirty-five and serves a more elaborate menu. It specializes in hummus dishes, like muddamas (hummus topped with a mix of fava beans, chickpeas, tomatoes, onions, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil--usually called foul muddamas elsewhere) and makale (hummus topped with fried potato cubes, eggplant, tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, and lemon juice). The menu also includes a wide selection of pita sandwiches, including the "Zamaan chicken sandwich," chicken shawarma with pine nuts, hummus, tomatoes, and pickles.
Hijazi says he's already got a third location picked out and hopes to have it up and running within the next six months.
Cafe Zamaan, 3580 Plymouth (Plymouth Green Shopping Center). 213-3350. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Zamaan Cafe & Bakery, 3118 Packard. 677-1522. Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Closed Sun.
[Originally published in August, 2010.]