Hours: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner: seven days
Open Late: Friday & Saturday till 11
Cozy Algerian coffeehouse.
Can a hidden treasure be in plain sight? On a busy stretch of Clark just north of Fullerton, you'll find this delightful Algerian-style eatery. The walls are festooned with rugs and other North African gewgaws, and Arabic pop plays on a small boom box. The only giveaway that you're in Chicago is the annoying intermittent noise from the parking garage next door. A sign on the window says "Hot Crepes Day and Night," and indeed you can pretty much get any kind of crepe you can imagine. Dinner starts off with homemade soup, either roast chicken or vegetable, gently spiced and wonderfully porridgelike. My crepe was a heavenly spongy wedge bursting with fresh ingredients: mixed greens, caramelized onions, roasted garlic, toasted pine nuts, mozzarella, and merguez sausage. It was thoroughly satisfying by itself, but skipping dessert at a crepe place is like getting decaf at Intelligentsia. I went for one with raspberry jam and Belgian dark chocolate. It arrived drizzled with chocolate sauce and decked with a miniature drink umbrella atop a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Authentic Turkish coffee, served tableside, was a perfect complement. Prices are extremely reasonable.
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