It’s been a long time coming. Almost a year and half of planning, building, designing – bringing our vision to life. And finally we’ve opened our doors to our first hummus house and mana’eesh bakery.
We’re so proud and humbled to be able to be part of this community and to share our Palestinian heritage through food and culture. So many of our dishes are inspired by our parents’ home cooking and by our travels to Jerusalem- especially the many hummus and falafel street vendors we often ate at.
And of course the bakeries where we would get freshly baked mana’eesh, Arabic flatbreads topped with meat, or za’atar or za’atar + cheese. And many of these inspirations are mashed with our love for American iconic flavors. Which really represents Khalid and I – we are American, grew up in Minnesota, but are deeply rooted in our Palestinian heritage and culture.
We created Baba’s café to bring a piece of us to Minneapolis. It’s not a chefy restaurant. It’s not fancy. It’s our version of Palestinian street food in a bright and colorful setting. It’s meant to be a place of gather. A place to sit back, chill and share some mana’eesh and hummus bowls with a cup of mint tea or my personal favorite, orange blossom coffee. No frills, just good food and good company.