Yesterday, we were heading down kedzie on the way to Salaam. At the corner of lawrence and kedzie, we saw how packed Resturant al Mataan (sp?) was, so we decided to try. Because of a Sophia meltdown, we had to ditch our plan, but the place seemed intriguing, does anyone know?
Even though the place turned deafly silent upon our entrance, we were ready to brave, given the amount of people inside. Yet, right away, we were thrown for a bit of a loop. We had assumed the place was Arabic, and maybe it is, but there was a big ol' christmas tree and the waitress had a very prominent cross of her necklace. Then, the menu featured things we were not familiar with: Gus, a kind of slice meat; other things, like houmous, were offered on the menu with an alternative translation. Finally, what we saw on a neighboring table looked, well different. A side plate with yellow tinged pickles (similiar to Noon-o-kebab's torshi); another plate of non-pita bread, it looked almost like mexican torta bread (bollita).
So, what was this place? Armenian comes to mind first, as they are Christian, but is there a population here in Chicago? Coptic? Regardless, the food on the neighboring table looked great, and next time we are in the hood...
Resturant al Mataan is on the northwest corner of lawrence and kedzie, I believe it used to be a thai resturant.