Manny Ebaid has opened a second location of his 2-year-old Mediterranean cafe that focuses on Greek and Egyptian specialties. The first is in Fort Lauderdale.
“We have a kataifi machine that was purchased in Egypt, which makes the phyllo dough right in front of the customer,” says Ebaid, whose wife, Maria Flores, opened Maria’s Cantina in the same plaza in the spring. “Kataifi is our signature dish ($10-$12). The closest comparison of our spinach kataifi would be spanakopita/spinach pie, but much healthier. I wanted to offer a healthy menu with a variety of items and many naturally vegan options."
Hummus ($7.95) and falafel ($8.95, sandwich; $12.95, platter) are his mother's recipes.
"She would prepare them for the whole family of my five brothers and one sister,” he says. “We grew up in Alexandria on the coast of Egypt."
Other highlights include gyros ($7.95), chicken, beef or lamb shawarma pita pockets ($8.50-$8.95) and Greek salad ($8.95).
Dessert kataifi ($4.95) offers a choice of a dozen fruit flavors, such as guava or coconut.
Photos of Santorini wrap around the top of an open kitchen, which anchors a homey atmosphere with blue-and-white walls, plus a patio.