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Jan 19, 2009 07:30 AM

Hookah Cafe- another good experience there

The food here is great! I know that some ppl don't automatically think of this place as a great place for dinner, but everytime I go I always enjoy my dinner there. It is a great place for folks that want the feel of "being out" while having dinner. I love the laidback setting and the ppl watching is great too- always a range of folks in there. I have the crab crepe a couple of times and have loved every bite. My BF usually gets the duck, but this time he got the grits and grillades and it was quite delicious. I had the fried green tomatoes Napolean w/ seafood and I didn't want it to end. The girl next to us had the filet that came with creamed spinach and mashed potatoes. She said it was delicious- I was tempted to ask for a bite!

Our service was quick and friendly--the prices were totally reasonable-- and the cocktails and hookah were a plus as well. If you're looking for a laidback dinner/appetizers and drinks with friends- I wholeheartedly recommend a trip to Hookah Cafe!

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  1. Funny you mentioned this...I was just speaking with a gentlemen who had a Reveillon dinner there and couldn't say enough good about it. But you're right....I would not automatically think of it.

    1. I've been wanting to try it. Your post convinced me to make reservations for VDay...but then I saw that they have a fixed menu and I really didn't want to go that route. So back to the drawing board. I think I might just do an intimate dinner party at home.

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      1. re: nikinik

        niknik, I'm sorry that I just came across this post. Time is short and you have probably already made plans for Vday but the Hookah Cafe will have both the option of a special fixed menu as well as the regular menu. As an employee of Hookah I'm so very pleased to see all of the positive feed. And when crabmeat (which comes from Lafitte,La) comes down in price, the Crepe Angelle may return.

        1. re: dmike

          I wonder what seasoning u use in the crepe angelle? If u bring it back when Hookah reopens, I will dine there once a week and tell all my art friends. Crepe cloe was outstanding as well. Can u email me and tell me the spice u use it the angelle? I was always curious what I was eating.
 Also do u have the chef who makes its, contact info. Id love to book his services for a dinner party.

      2. yep, the fried green tomatoes Napolean w/ seafood is indeed quite awesome. i get it everytime.. i also used to enjoy their crab spinanch crepe, but its off the menu now.

        just get in early before it becomes hip-hop music nite.

        1. I recently tried this place as well and the food was great. We had the mini burgers, which we wished we ordered two of, a spicy pasta dish and the fondue. All very yummy. My only complaint was my chair did not have a back and my back was killing me.

          You must get the fonude if you are into that sort of thing. It was only like 15 bucks, came with all kinds of fruit and treats, and was delicious!! Definitely eased my urge to splurge at the Melting Pot.

          Service was very nice as well.

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          1. re: lawstudent

            Yes, if you don't make reservations and/or you are very adamant about where you'd like to sit- you can end up on some "hip" seat/couch/ stool that can take your focus and energy off of the food...
            Thanks law student for the tip on the fondue- i love fondue and my BF detests so I am not even allowed to make Melting Pot or the like requests when it's "my turn to pick" so I look forward to trying it out at a place we agree on

          2. not to ask a silly question, but is there a non-hookah room for dining?
            last meal there (pre-K) was indeed good, but was tragically smoke filled where we were seated.

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            1. re: edible complex

              this can be tricky- I HATE cigarette smoke- I can do Hookah smoke, but can't handle cigarette smoke--it's tough bc it's the luck of the draw in terms of who they seat next to you--- I haven't had a super smoky night there the last couple of times that I've been- try to avoid-the bench seating on either way to get a little bit further from other tables

              1. re: mecmec

                Believe it or not, and despite the name, there is no more smoking inside the Hookah Cafe

                  1. re: mortalcoil

                    Little over a week. It's licensed as a restaurant, not a bar/lounge.

                  2. re: dmike

                    this is, hopefully, temporary. the problem is the newish LA smoking ban in establishments that make their profits from 51% food (over liquour). evidently there is not an exception for the hookah.

                    they are working on getting an exception made. hopefully this is fruitful -- in CA hookah bars have exceptions from CA's total smoking ban.