When acclaimed Israeli-American chef Alon Shaya left the eponymous restaurant that made him famous, people speculated about where he'd go next. But when he opened Saba on Magazine Street, everyone could tell he was getting right back to his roots.
Named for the Hebrew word for grandfather, Saba is one of the best places to eat Middle Eastern cuisine in the country. But here, it has a bit of a Creole kick. It's not so much that Shaya borrows techniques from Louisiana. Instead, the James Beard Award winner uses as many local Gulf Coast ingredients as he can, meaning you can eat your fresh pita bread with roasted okra or local figs. Want to learn more about the mind behind the magic? Check out this video from CBS This Morning.
Saba is also an amazing utility spot. Need to feed a vegan, an inveterate carnivore, your 96-year-old grandmother, and a couple of picky children? Bring them to Saba and feel your worries melt away. Everyone can find something to love here. The hummus is top-notch, sure, but that's just the start of the edible delights. From littering your table with tasty salads, pickles, and pitas to going all-out and ordering the family-style roasted chicken with harissa and lemon for a big group to share, Saba can accommodate just about any palate. So get the family together and celebrate with everyone this time. Trust us, this is the place where you want to do it.
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