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Best Middles Eastern Restaurants In E. Lakeview


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Best Middles Eastern Restaurants In E. Lakeview

paulispumonti | Aug 30, 2007 11:09 AM

Here I go, my favorites in order

1) ZAD- Broadway- just north of Barry- Best Hummous in the city- very authentic, smooth, and garlicky- I'm also a fan of their Chicken Taouk- The sandwich is a steal for $5:00 and the entree portion at $10:00 is enough for 2 meals- The chicken is tender and nicely seasoned on the spit- Tabouli is a little heavy on the parsley- would prefer more bulghur
This place is a nice addition to the neighborhood

2) Casbah- also on Broadway, just South of Belmont- small space, great restaurant for a date, a bit on the pricier side for dinner, but the food is very high quality and has some classical french overtones- food is nicely seasoned, and the chef-owner is very personable- restaurant attracts a lot of regulars- it's a great choice for fine dining in an area known as a "culinary wasteland"

3) Sinbads' on Belmont- they just opened another location on Clark, just north of Eatzi's-
This is the most economical of the 4 restaurants, and their food rocks for the price- I've long since given up on Gyro's for their Kefta Kabob- though I wonder which is the lesser of 2 evils in the cholesterol dept.... Their falafel is tops, and a great tabouli salad-

4) Aladins Cafe on Diversey- Great location, but driest pita bread I have ever eaten- some dishes are hits, some are misses- Falafel is excellent, but I've had it served overdone on occasion- I found the Manager to be brusque when i questioned a charge for hummous on a sandwich added on to the bill ( when the meu indicated it was included) , so I'm in no
hurry to rush back

I haven't been to Cousin's on Broadway in years( next to my favorite Pizzeria, Renaldi's) , so any comments on this restaurant or the above are appreciated

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