I attend a monthly meeting in Oak Lawn near Cicero and 108th and am digging the past and present food scene there. Relics of the past appear to be Metnick's Bakery and Reno Corsi's, which looks like it was quite the cocktail joint forty years ago. Today I had a wondeful $2 falafel sandwich from the carryout kitchen at the rear of Almahjar Food Mart/Salaam Bakery, which I mentioned once before. The tahini at the bottom was just a thin smear, a pleasing surprise, unlike the falafel sandwich I recently had at Haifa Cafe on S. Clark which had so much tahini in it the pita immediately got soggy and the taste of the falafel balls themselves was vanquished. The falafel was wonderful, thin crunch on the outside and tender within. The topping was diced tomato and green pepper.
One door east is Greco Nut & Candy. Greco does not appear to make its own candy but instead sells almost a hundred types of nuts, hard candy, malted milk balls, licorice, and the like from bulk bins. Lots of black licorice, including a type from Finland the clerk and a customer praised. I'm enjoying Greco's deluxe malted milk balls, licorice snaps, and licorice wheels.
In this same strip mall, Oak Plaza, is Los Zapatas. Maybe I'll try it next month. Addresses below.
Almahjar Food Mart/Salaam Bakery
10840 S. Cicero
(708)952-9000 and -4959
Greco Nut & Candy
10836 S. Cicero