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Petra Cafe Report

MAG | Apr 17, 200312:51 PM

For lunch today, I tried the newest option for Middle Eastern cuisine in the Loop: Petra Cafe at 331 S. Franklin. Like many casual lunch spots in the Loop, it is a pretty bare bones operation: decor spartan, menu minimalist and the staff a bit disoriented. The food, however, is very good. I tried two appetizers: the falafel and the hummus. One of the posters in the previous thread on Petra noted that his litmus test for a middle eastern restaurant is the falafel, specifically, if it is freshly cooked. It is at Petra. Crisp to the tooth and nicely seasoned. The hummus also was very good. I tend to prefer smooth and rich hummus that is not overpowering in garlic. Petra's satisfied my criteria. My husband had the chicken shawerma entree, which is served with rice, pita and vegetables. The seasonings of the shawerma Oasis Cafe are better, but the quality of Petra's chicken is superior. The menu is pretty standard middle eastern fare: kibbeh, kifta kabab, shish kabob, spinach pies, etc. All in all, Petra is a good addition to this area of the Loop.

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