Bon Appetit named Yahya Noor’s small cafe that serves up home cooked Somalia cuisine on the corner of Maverick and Jeffries Streets in East Boston to its annual “Hot 10” list saying Noor’s restaurant “should be your first stop off the plane” at Logan Airport.
Since opening Tawakal Halal Cafe Noor has received nothing but praise for his food, his community giving and his ability to breathe no life into a forgotten corner of Eastie that abuts Logan Airport.
So it’s no surprise that this week Boston Magazine named Tawakal Halal Cafe to its annual “Best of Boston” list.
This much-anticipated annual issue highlights the absolute best that the Greater Boston Area has to offer in food, drink, retail, design, fitness, and so much more.
“Among this year’s outstanding “Best of Boston” honorees is Tawakal Halal Cafe, which was named to the list as the Best Takeout Food in East Boston,” said Neal Malone, Vice President
Regan Communications Group who runs press for Boston Magazine. “They were selected by the magazine’s editorial team, which ate, drank, shopped, and explored its way around the city to come up with the best possible list. Many of these businesses have successfully weathered the storm that COVID-19 has created, while others have struggled.”
In their review Boston Magazine writes, “From-scratch sambusa wrappers stuffed and fried to a hot, flaky crisp, followed by tangled piles of spaghetti sauced with a velvety stew of fragrantly spiced braised goat: Such soul-warming Somali comfort food certainly takes the edge off these anxiety-ridden times. Bonus points for bottles of signature hot sauce available for enlivening humdrum home cooking with East African herbs.”
Noor said he wouldn’t have been able to make his restaurant a success if not for the support and love from the community.
“I guess in the sense of being named best restaurants I will say thank you to East Boston for welcoming us with open arms,” he said. “If it wasn’t our community and our dedicated customers, we would have struggled and even maybe close our small family business.”