Hours: Lunch, dinner: seven days
Open late: every night till 11:30
Albany Park restaurant serving heaping plates of Middle Eastern food at rock-bottom prices.
This once-grotty neighborhood stalwart underwent a face-lift in the aughts that brought in massive full-color portraits of Middle Eastern monuments and mannerly female waitstaff. It also introduced a few generic fast-food items—burgers, gyros. But all items on the once-minimal menu remain—shawarma and kebab entrees (downsizable to sandwiches), variations on chickpeas such as fetteh with meat and mossabaha (hummus with whole chickpease), and an organ trio of liver, heart, and kidney—and still arrive as nearly insurmountable heaps of food, accompanied by bright pink radishes and preceded by a teaser of superbriny olives. There’s still fresh-brewed mint tea, fresh-squeezed juices, and rotating specials including grape leaves, zucchini, massef (a soup traditionally accompanied by lamb and rice), and a Sunday wild card that ranges from string beans to Cornish hen. You'll also find some Arabic dishes, including spinach pies, house-made labneh, and a few of the tomato-onion sautees known as kalaya.
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