Bridgeview might be known as our region's mecca for Middle Eastern food, but I'd rather go to Worth. Following a split from the acclaimed Al Bawadi, the Dyab family—including chef Majed Dyab, a kitchen veteran with decades of experience—opened this outstanding spot three miles south on Harlem. Majed executes a number of unusual dishes including a complimentary eggplant salad and torshi relish tray; piping hot, fried-to-order falafel stuffed with caramelized vegetables; the bracing whipped garlic and potato dip muthawama; fruit cocktails layered with candied nuts, cream, and floral syrups; cheese- and meat-stuffed arayes (kind of like a pita quesadilla); and for the gutsy, a spleen sandwich. The everyday items—smoky baba ganoush, whole-chickpea-studded fateh hummus, orange-scented merguez sausages, and the wood-grilled chickens and kebabs—are pretty special too, made with the kind of love that's evident when a family puts its soul into a menu.
CLOSED. Rich, stewy Caribbean food up the street from the Fourth District courthouse.
Sister to Salam on Kedzie, serving Palestinian food at rock-bottom prices.
Calumet Park breakfast-and-lunch counter.
Above-average barbecue joint in the south suburbs.
A delicious-smelling haze wafts across George's parking lot. Inside all signs indicate an artist at work who cannot abide distractions: "Please do not use cellular phones in the rib house," it says on the bulletproof glass barrier. Behind the counter, owner George Rogers keeps a plastic elephant—a replica of a brass model he says Ronald Reagan sent him as thanks for the large orders of pork his staffers regularly picked up. His ribs and tips are in fact luscious. All the elements of crispiness, fattiness, and juiciness are in perfect proportion, and accented by the salty rub he uses. There's just one thing missing: smoke. George openly admits that he uses only lump charcoal—no wood—for the following reason: "Logs got worms and insects. I don't want to bring 'em in." —Mike Sula
Old-fashioned Italian beef stand at the corner of 81st and Harlem.
Quick-service take-out place that's all about turkey: barbecued, deep-fried, smoked, turkey burgers, turkey tacos and nachos, turkey spaghetti . . .
South-suburban Polish-Lithuanian restaurant.
Family-oriented suburban pizza parlor.
Crowded chain steakhouse with Australian motif; hostess beeps you for seating.
Fresh, creative New American restaurant on the far south side.
Riverside breakfast-and-lunch spot.
"Jerusalem-style" Middle Eastern restaurant in the former Sheeba space.
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