My grandfather, a Jewish immigrant from Baghdad, used to be a great cook, but pretty thoroughly Americanized--he used to talk about the food from his childhood, but not make it. He recently passed away, and I'd like to take my mother to a place where we can try some of those foods--sambusak, meats with dried fruit, etc.
Following an article in the Times from last fall about Syrian, aka generally middle-eastern, Jews, there is apparently a large community in the Kings Highway/Ocean Ave area. A number of restaurants are listed in the article, but I'm not sure what to go with, and which might have the Iraqi influence I'd ideally like. Mabat is listed but seems to be more of an Israeli steakhouse.
A place called David's Restaurant is also listed, anyone know anything about it? Other than that it's all bakeries and groceries. Maybe we'd do better to just wander around the area sampling from the various bakeries? Any opinions?
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