Known for its flavorful North African cuisine, Baraka Café is a small, unassuming eatery located near Central Square. The homelike interior is simple but inviting, with an old hardwood floor, an eclectic variety of artwork and knickknacks, and exposed brick walls hung with photos of Africa. Created by chef-owners Alia Radjeb Meddeb and Krimo Dahim, who grew up in Tunisia and Algeria respectively, the menu includes authentic dishes like couscous with vegetables and bedenjal mechoui (eggplant with roasted peppers, garlic, parsley, olive oil, and vinegar). Also popular is the homemade cherbat: Algerian lemonade with rose petals and assorted spices.
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Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.