Nutritionists note that a Middle Eastern diet, low in fat and rich in legume kelpies, is known to lure handsome men and women into its well-spiced clutches and intractable hummus quagmires. For $15, today’s Groupon gets you $30 worth of traditional Mediterranean cuisine, drinks, and whimsical hookah at Casablanca Bar and Grill. The family-owned Casablanca revives weary travelers at its Claremont location with authentic dishes served in a casual, tangy atmosphere befitting a former lemon-packing plant.
Casablanca heaps herbed and spiced kebabs atop classic Mediterranean salads and sides. Start with an order of hummus ($6), baba ghanouje ($6), or a belly-warming spinach-filled filo pastry pie ($6). Gobble up the lamb shank with garlic sauce and pine nuts ($16) before it attempts a coup de meat against the kefta kabab ($15), or savor a superbly seasoned voyage to a faraway flavor island with the frog legs with cilantro and lemon ($16). Casablanca's many vegetarian selections include falafel ($6), labneh yogurt dip ($6), and fresh-caught Steve.
After your meal, infuse your lungs and your friends' lungs with the sweet nectar of fruit-flavored tobacco smoke from one Casablanca's hookahs ($15) and admire the beguiling beauty of belly dancers (every Friday night). Get this Groupon to commence what could be the start of a beautiful friendship.
- This place was absolutely fabulous. I adore Mediterranean food and make it myself, and was completely impressed with this place. – Olivia H., Yelp
- The casual, bustling spot is popular with students washing down kebabs with beers and families sampling a wide array of appetizers that includes falafel, spinach or cheese pies, hummus and baba ghanouj. – Gayot
Casablanca Bar & Grill
Housed in a former lemon warehouse, Casablanca Bar & Grill fills spacious eating areas with the aromas of piquant Mediterranean cuisine. Chefs skewer beef, chicken, shrimp, and lamb kebabs and sauté seafood such as scallops and frog legs. Tender falafel balls can be dunked into tahini sauce or rolled across white tablecloths into the mouth of a dinner companion.
Live entertainment at Casablanca Bar & Grill engages eyes as well as mouths. On Friday nights, belly dancers swivel their hips as they weave through wisps of smoke from flavored hookahs. Paintings in ornate gilt frames keep watch over the festivities, and an outside wooden deck lets diners watch the sky for menu recommendations spelled out in clouds.