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Michael's Cafe

9851 N. Kendall Drive
Palmetto Bay, FL 33176
786-497-0841
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  • Sun-Thu 8am-12am, Fri-Sat 8am-1am
  • $$
  • Delivery, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair accessible
  • Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
This Middle Eastern restaurant in Kendall is not a mirage. It was once a gas station next to the railroad tracks but has been transformed into an outdoor café that serves as an oasis for locals. There is live music almost every night and a vast assortment of ice-cold Middle Eastern beers. The large-screen TV sets are all tuned to Lebanese stations (in Arabic). You can get a hookah with flavored tobacco, and smoke while watching the live belly dancing Friday and Saturday nights. But best of all is the food, especially the kibbe, which costs $4.95 for two pieces. They make it fresh by combining crushed wheat with minced beef or lamb, sautéed onions, and pine nuts. The combination is then rolled into a ball and deep-fried, kind of like falafel. The kibbe platter comes with grape leaves, hummus, tabbouleh, lentil rice, and pita bread, and sells for $11.99. Wash it down with Michael's special Turkish coffee ($1.50), and forget about taking that trip to Israel.
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