Kareem Hawari, 24, was born and raised in a district of Anaheim, Calif., informally known as Little Arabia. That's where he and his sisters own and operate Kareem's Falafel, a small restaurant he took over full-time in 2014, after his father died in 2012. Hawari, who was born mere months after the opening of Kareem's, is named after the restaurant and grew up learning how to cook there. "You would just be sitting down inside the kitchen and we would all just watch our parents cook," Hawari says. Kareem's Falafel was one of the first Arabic, and specifically Palestinian, restaurants to open on Brookhurst Street in Anaheim 1996, according to Hawari. Little Arabia, which takes up a few scattered blocks in the city, mainly around Brookhurst Street, has...
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