Cafe Istanbul, a longstanding favorite for Mediterranean cuisine and hookah, is finally expanding to a second location. Cafe Istanbul's new location will be located not far from Kennesaw State University off Wade Green Road. Located at 4200 Wade Green Road in a Big Lots anchored shopping center, the new location is scheduled to open in the coming weeks.
I recently dined at the Lawrenceville Highway location late night on a Saturday and encountered a nearly hour long wait! When we were finally seated, I ordered what was labeled as falafel on the menu, but it appeared and tasted very different when it came, similar to a doughy hush puppy. Evidently the food, or at least falafel, is not what keeps people coming back. Instead, I'm guessing it's the hookah and the belly dancers.
While the hookah and atmosphere here are spot on, I prefer the falafel at Al's Cafe Agora in Buckhead, Cafe Posh on Roswell Road in the Fountain Oaks shopping center and Pita Palace near Toco Hills. Falafel aside, the large campus and nearby off-campus student population should insure the new Cafe Istanbul location's success.