I volunteered to take kin to Midway this morning so I could then eat Middle Eastern food, apparently unavailable here in Will County. Proceeding east on 63rd St. from Cicero Ave. around 9:00 a.m, I found the door locked at Steve's Shish Kabab at 3816 W., which I've long wanted to try. Same for Jerusalem at 3534 W., which I've twice found to be OK. The prospect of huevos rancheros at one of the many Mexican restaurants in that stretch had almost overtaken me when I found The Nile Restaurant open on the SE corner of 63rd and Spaulding, about 3251 W. 63rd; 773/434-7218, Sun 9-7, M-Sat 9-9. Nile is on the west end of a block of Middle Eastern stores. (Is this Nile related to the one in Hyde Park?)
The Jerusalem salad looked like a bowl of cereal as it was served in a bowl brimming with tahini. The tomatoes and cukes were firm, though, the parsley fresh, and a good lemon taste lay underneath. The salad was accompanied by complimentary bowls of pickled turnips, green peppers, and a small yellow-green pepper the counterman couldn't name in English, along with two thick, warm pita with char marks. The falafel sandwich was less pleasing, for the falafel balls were small and cut in half, causing their taste to become nearly hidden under the filling, which seemed to be minced Jerusalem salad. All in all, too mushy for my liking.
The hot tea had a sprig of sage atop the tea bag--something new and enjoyable to me.
What dishes constitute a Middle Eastern breakfast? The only thing on the short menu that appeared to resemble an American breakfast (NOT that I think any other cuisine should do that) was "eggs with meat."