Sahara Cafe

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Closed as of Nov 1 09

4125 S. Howell
Milwaukee, WI 53207


3.8 / 3 votes

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vegan-friendly Middle Eastern food

Sahara Cafe is a Middle Eastern restaurant located in an unexpected walk-up that looks like an old school burger and shakes joint. They have an outdoor patio but only have one table (that seats about 4-6) located "indoors", consisting of the 6 x 15 foot walk-up area encased in plastic.

Vegan items include hummus, falafel, baba ganouj, tahini salad (with cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions), stuffed grape leaves, among others. Prices range from about $3-6 and most things are made fresh, although you may have to wait a bit.

Added by Cass Danger on Jul 20 09 (last updated Jan 22 10)

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Fun little place, reminds me of the old custard stands we used to have more of in Milwaukee. Great patio and the food is what you expect from an Indian restaurant, all the standards that are usually vegan are vegan here and the guy who runs it is really nice.

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I was really impressed with the food that came out of this tiny place. I expected that anything coming from a small take-out window near the airport would be greasy, stale, and lacking in flavor, but I was completely wrong. All the food was extremely fresh and very flavorful. I had the falafel sandwich, which asctually came as a wrap in a big pita bread. It could have used more dressing, the falafel was very tasty. I also had the dolmah (stuffed grape leaves), which were very good. I tried the hummus (very good), baba ganouj (good, but I prefer that of Sharazzad), and the tahini salad (yummy).

The only thing that really disappointed me was the wait. We called ahead and were told that our food would take about 20 minutes since it was busy. We arrived 25 minutes later and ended up waiting ANOTHER 25 minutes. Apparently there's one guy running the show and he got really backed up, which I've heard has happened before, but I'm not sure if it's the norm. Either way, call ahead and allow yourself some extra time.

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Wheelchair Accessible


$ - inexpensive


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  • Middle Eastern/Persian


  • Kid-Friendly
  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Outdoor Seating


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10am - midnight
10am - 2am
10am - midnight

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