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Comfort food, Syrian Style
Comfort food, Syrian Style

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In a brightly painted building on Main Street, Wafaa & Mike’s Cafe serves delicious Middle Eastern food in a friendly and warm atmosphere. The Cafe’s name itself adds to feeling that you are coming to dine at a friend’s home. In Wafaa & Mike’s Cafe, Springfield has another eatery which is truly a neighborhood gem. On the whole, Middle Eastern cuisine is full of flavorful dishes that are not only tasty, but pleasing to the eye. The food here does not disappoint.

Opened in 2009 on the corner of 6th Street and Main Street in Springfield, Wafaa and her staff make delicious homemade hummus, tabouleh, and other Middle Eastern favorites. On a recent visit, they were preparing the stuffed grape leaves by hand. At Wafaa’s, not only are the dishes flavorful but the portions are also generous. Their handmade kibbeh is especially good with crispy bulgur surrounding perfectly spiced meat. Silky and extremely smooth, Wafaa’s hummus is crowned with a dusting of paprika and olive oil and is some of the best around.

The pita is a perfect vehicle for the hummus and the tabouleh. It was flat and not too fluffy which allows you to eat more! The tabouleh had a delicious tang of lemon juice, tomato and parsley. The gyro platter was large enough to feed two people. The taziki sauce was wonderfully thick and an excellent compliment to the savory gyro meat. Not only are the Middle Eastern dishes good, they also make a tasty Philly Cheese Steak!

Gyro platter with hummous and taboule

So, next time you have a craving for delicious Middle Eastern food (or Philly Cheese Steak), head over to Wafaa & Mike’s Cafe. You’ll be glad you did.

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