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Loved by students, artists, musicians, and travelers of all stripes, this restaurant, with its attic-sale decor, looks like an eatery in San Francisco or New York’s East Village. “Marak” means soup, and this little local institution started out as a soups-only eatery that has expanded over the years to include great shakshouka (a spicy tomato-and-egg casserole) and a few other simple additions. Soups come with lots of bread and pesto; the choices are all vegetarian and vary each night, but standards include sweet potato; lentil with wine; spicy Yemenite tomato, onion, and cheese; and tomato with anise. Teas, coffee, wines, and beer are served. There’s often live music Monday and Wednesday nights after 10pm. The staff is mostly students and always helpful. Cash only.