About Us

We are El Harissa (Arabic: الهريسة). El Harissa is a market and cafe specializing in the foods of North Africa and Mediterranean Europe. Our Cafe features dishes inspired by the cuisines of North Africa, Spain, France, Italy, and Greece.  Our Market stocks ingredients and spices from this region.  In addition, we serve 20 flavors of artisan, Michigan-made, Italian gelato ice cream.  

Khaled was a researcher at the University of Michigan, and Susan was an elementary school teacher before they decided to pursue their dream of opening El Harissa.  Their children, Yusef and Sarah, are now students at the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford, respectively. Together, with the help of some dear friends, they built El Harissa from the ground up injecting it with a warm and inviting air. Come and experience the great atmosphere, customer service, and flavors of El Harissa!