LOOK: New Egyptian Restaurant Opening Downtown Grand Rapids
Downtown Grand Rapids is continuing to expanding its dining options! A new Egyptian restaurant serving all vegan and vegetarian items is coming to Ottawa Ave.
Check out photos of menu items below!
A New Egyptian Restaurant is Coming to Downtown Grand Rapids
Taste of Cairo opening up in the Ledyard Building at 125 Ottawa Ave. NW in the space once occupied by Electric Hero, which closed in May 2021.
Local retail retention and attraction specialist Rich App tells Wood TV 8 the new eatery is first Egyptian restaurant in downtown Grand Rapids that he’s aware of:
It’s starting to feel global. Not just that we’re a growing city, but a growing global city.
The owners Dale and Riham Erdman married in Egypt in 2013 and on that trip became inspired ate at a restaurant serving koshery.
What is Koshery?
Koshery (also spelled koshary, koshari, or kushari) is considered by many to be Egypt's national dish.
A popular street food, here's how NPR describes it,
Rice, lentils (black or brown), chickpeas and pasta are cooked individually, then tossed together and topped with cumin-scented tomato sauce and crunchy fried onions. Things get kicked up a notch with condiments of garlicky vinegar and a peppery hot sauce called shatta.
The Road to 'Taste of Cairo'
The Erdmans were inspired to bring the koshery concept back to their home state of Michigan. They began selling food at Mid-Michigan farmer's markets and in 2020 opened their first restaurant, Egyptian Koshery, in September 2020.
And now the pair will be opening their first restaurant in Grand Rapids. Dale tells Wood TV 8,
“We liked the city. It’s the second largest city in Michigan and we wanted to put our restaurant in a city with walking traffic.”
What Kind of Food Will Taste of Cairo Serve?
The new restaurant's menu will be entirely vegan and vegetarian.
According to Wood TV 8, all the dishes are freshly made daily using recipes Riham’s family has passed down for generations.
The menu will include spinach pie, rice pudding, baklava and more. While the menu could be different, here are photos from the Erdman's Midland restaurant to get an idea of what to expect in Grand Rapids.
Beverages at Taste of Cairo will include Turkish coffee and Chai tea.
At the Erdman's Midland restaurant they also serve Falafel Bowls and Sandwiches.
When Will Taste of Cairo Open?
Renovations are underway now and the new restaurant expected to open to the public in June 2022.