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Zahtar by Fhima

Zahtar Minneapolis, on the second floor of the Grand Hotel, has a dim, clubby ambiance and tends to be populated by the sort of urban professional crowd that would belong to a gym offering laundry service. A few gauzy curtains, glass candle holders, and low, colorful stools give the space a hint of Arabian Nights. Zahtar, which is the name of a North African spice blend, offers a Mediterranean-American menu and vague promises of "healthy," "sense-stimulating" refueling, which can mean anything from sushi to whole-wheat-crust pizza, but also such indulgences as hamburgers and chocolate mousse. David Fhima serves as the executive chef and offers his signature chicken tajine: a free-range, bone-in bird with caramelized vegetables, bits of almonds and preserved lemons, and an apricot-and-cayenne marmalade. Every bite pops with the sweet, smoky, spicy notes reminiscent of chai tea.

Cuisine

American, Mediterranean, Sushi

Dining Features

Full Bar, Lunch, Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary, Takeout

Parking

Garage, Street

Price

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