DeKalb, Illinois

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Middle Eastern foods such as falafel and hummus

Falafel, hummus, baba ganouj, grape leaves, etc.

Added by conde.kedar on Jul 8 10 (last updated Jan 30)

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Falafel, hummus, baba ganouj, grape leaves, etc. For some reason, this place has been promoted in the local press as "catering primarily to vegetarians." While the menu is about half veg, there are only two veg sandwiches available and no entr es. I've been twice: once for the Sunday buffet (which appears to have been discontinued) and once ordering off the menu. The fatoush salad was tasty, not too sour; the baba ghanoush and hummus were both nice, and the lentil soup is very simple but good. The cold grilled eggplant was OK. They also have an interesting pomegranate date appetizer I'd like to try. Non-vegans will enjoy the amazing egg-white garlic dip. On a subsequent visit tried the falafel, the eggplant sandwich and the vegetarian grape leaves. The bread is more like a lavash than a standard pita; the falafel was good; you might want to rearrange the eggplant sandwich so the fillings are more evenly distributed. The grape leaves are fine but nothing special, and come with a tasty yogurt dip. Baklava is obviously from a bakery - it's flaky and good, not oversweet. For the beverages, you may as well get a soft drink.
The mint tea is a mug with a tea bag and fresh mint leaves in it. The orange blossom lemonade was very flowery; on a subsequent visit this had been toned down. The wait staff is very helpful, either answering questions about the food in general or what is vegetarian. Ambience is nice; it's a very long skinny space with a couple of nice mosaics on the wall. I'd recommend the raised seating; you're less likely to get a draft.

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Downtown Dekalb


On downtown's main drag.



$ - inexpensive


  • Middle Eastern/Persian



11am - 9pm
11am - 10pm
11am - 9pm

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