Cousin's Turkish Dining

Chicago, Illinois

Closed as of Sep 1 05

3038 W. Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, Illinois 60618


3.9 / 2 votes

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Featuring Contemporary Turkish Cuisine with Vegetarian Flair

Wednesdays are Vegetarian Night - entire menu of vegetarian and vegan selections.

Executive Chef Mehmet Ak has created a menu that offers over 25 entrees, nearly half of them vegetarian: baby eggplant stuffed with onions, red and green pepper, pine nuts and feta, topped with Kasseri cheese and a rich garlic tomato sauce; or portabella mushrooms sautéed with broccoli, zucchini and carrots over humus with pinenuts and raisins. There are also Turkish kebabs galore, plus standards like falafil, humus, dolma, and vegetarian musakka. The room is semiformal -- dim lighting, candlelight, white tablecloths, Turkish textiles on the walls -- and you can sit on floor cushions at one of two low tables up front. Very romantic and relaxing atmosphere, with a great selection of Turkish wines and beer.

Chef Mehmet is the original owner and founder of Cousin's. A recent vegetarian and raw foodist, he is sensitive to various dietary choices, and strives to create healthy food that looks good and tastes great while allowing people to experience Turkish culture through its rich and healthy cuisine.
Co-owner and manager Ben Barber is a graduate of the University of Chicago and loves to see U of C. students and alumni.

Added by Cousin's Turkish Dining on Mar 23 05 (last updated Jul 12 09)

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Cousin's Turkish Dining is probably the most vegan-friendly Turkish restaurant I have ever been to. The restaurant owner/chef is a raw foodist and the staff seems very knowledgeable about the dishes that can be made vegan. I once came here with a Vegan Meetup group and the chef went out of his way to make a number of special dishes just for us!

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I usually go to the Cousin's in Lakeview on Broadway near Diversey. I am never disappointed when I dine here; the vegetarian dish I usually get is a large platter that samples a variety of other dishes. I particularly am fond of the hummus, which is some of the best I've had. The service is also quite good. Overall, it's a nice place for a date or a gathering of friends.

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North Center / Irving Park


Take #80 Irving Park Bus east from Blue Line or west from Brown Line. Two blocks east of Kedzie.


Accepts Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible


$$ - average


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  • Turkish
  • Mediterranean


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  • Kid-Friendly
  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Quiet
  • Romantic


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4:30pm - 10pm
4:30pm - 11pm
4:30pm - 10pm

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