In the past 18 years, Casablanca has moved from Mitchell Street to Oakland Avenue, back to Mitchell, and now calls Brady Street home. It fits right in with the South American, Greek, Italian, and other ethnic establishments in the neighborhood.
There are several great appetizers to choose from, but two of the best are the Combination Platter ($9.95), which includes Babaganoush, Hummus, Tabbouleh, Falafel, potato salad, and a basket of fresh pita bread, and the Spinach Pie appetizer ($4.95). The spinach "pie" actually comes in an eggroll shape, but this doesn't detract from the taste at all. The spinach is tender and the homemade dough is crisp and flaky. An order of both is enough to satisfy at least four people for appetizers.
If a soup course is preferred, one cannot go wrong with Adas Majrous, the Lentil Soup. This creamy yellow pea soup is filled with vegetables and brimming with spices. It's a hearty, savory dish.
If you like lamb, a main course of it is absolutely a must-have. It's remarkably tender and flavorful.
Another popular favorite is the Chicken Sumac. Half a chicken is marinated in spices overnight, then lightly fried and comes on a bed of the most delicious rice in the city.
If a sandwich is more your style, they have several to choose from, including their Casablanca Burger, which is a highly flavorful kifta patty inside a pita with lettuce and tomatoes. Also available is Shawarma, which is the Middle Eastern version of a Greek Gyros.
You can finish your meal off with dessert, or a Hookah, or both. Casablanca offers several varieties of flavored tabacco for the Hookah.
The atmosphere is casual and friendly, but the noise level is loud - there is nothing to dampen the sound in the main room, so it's hard to hear even people sitting at your table. We also thought it was a bit too dark - the menus were hard to read in the dim lighting. It should be brought up a notch. Service is very good, and food arrives in a timely manner.
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728 East Brady Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Hours: Mon - Wed 11 AM - 10 PM; Thurs - Sat 11 AM - 2 AM; Sun 11 AM - 9 PM
Lunch: Yes; buffet Mon - Sat 11 AM - 3 PM
Sunday Brunch: Yes 11 AM - 3 PM
Vegetarian Options: Yes
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Parking: Small lot to one side; street (some metered)
Specials: 1/2 price bottles of wine on Mondays and Tuesdays; belly dancing on Friday evenings