This tiny Israeli cafe in Lincoln Heights has quickly become one of our favorite casual dinner spots on the Eastside, and it’s wrap-around patio is a big reason. With patterned walls, red canopies, and a basketball hoop that looks like a pivotal prop from a 90s feel-good sports movie, Mazal works just as well as a casual midweek date spot as it does a big friend hangout on the weekends. We recommend going all-in on the spreads (hummus, madbuka, babaganoush) and rounding out your meal with a fresh Israeli salad and a Jerusalem bagel toast that comes with melted provolone, spicy schug, kale, and pesto. Plus, everything is under $20, meaning even with a few glasses of wine (or an entire bottle), you and your table can walk out having spent around $40 a person.
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