I had a wonderful meal recently at Non O Kebab, a Persian restaurant on the Northwest side of the city. It is bright, and does not score many points for atmosphere, and in the $8-15 per entree range.
Never have I enjoyed simple, standard Middle Eastern appetizers so much. The Hummus was thick, fresh, and delicious. It was only to be outdone by the perfectly balanced baba ghanouj - made with grilled eggplant. I never thought baba ghanouj would be the source of a "food moment" for me, but this certainly was. We also thoroughly enjoyed the moosir, which they is prepared with their thick and creamy home-made yogurt. All the appetizers came with a plate of chopped onions, radishes, parsley, and a rich feta.
The kababs were outstanding, but I won't bore you with my description of meat on a stick. More of note, I thought, was the exceedingly generous portion of delicious dill rice they upon which they were presented. I cannot imagine another restaurant in Chicago that uses, on a whole, more fresh dill.
I enjoyed the cinnamon-spiced lamb shank immensely. It was a heady dish of tender-as-it-gets lamb fighting a losing battle trying to cling to the bone, spiced perfectly with tomato sauce and cinnamon. I would describe this dish as at the same time rich and delicate. If this sounds confusing, go to Noon O Kebab and order the lamb shank!
The entree that in my opinion earned even slightly more chow-buzz than the lamb shank, however, was the ghormeh sabzi. This is a beef stew cooked with herbs and dried lime. Again, this was such an intriguing medley of flavors.
Obvoiusly, I am a rookie at writing chow-worthy reviews, but I get such a great thrill trying a completely new mixture of tastes I would never have imagined would be used together.
I have been back, this time for a carry out order - also a very popular option at this place. I am curious if any other hounds have dined here.
Noon O Kebab
4661 N. Kedzie