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CURRENTLY CLOSED. Unassuming Rogers Park storefront serving Assyrian food at budget prices in addition to hot-dog-stand fare.

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A storefront plastered with standard-issue gyro and pizza puff signage gives little hint that an accomplished Assyrian restaurant might lie within. But this Rogers Park spot (formerly called Big Buns and Pita) has been praised by the likes of chef Graham Elliot. Tasty starters include smoky baba ghanoush; falafel made from a flavorful blend of chickpeas and fava beans; lahim beajin--think Middle Eastern pizza on a pita; and kubbat Mosul, a delicious cracked wheat pancake stuffed with beef and onion. Tashreeb, a signature dish, is a meltingly tender lamb shank set atop a slightly spicy sour tomato broth and samon, a fluffy bread (the "big buns" in the restaurant's name) that soaks up the juices. Cornish hen, marinated and charcoal grilled, is likewise terrific. Each plate is insanely generous for the price, accompanied by a savory lentil soup, salad, torshi (pickle), and rice or couscous.

Gary Wiviott

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