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Apr. 4, 2012
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728 E. Brady St.

Casablanca has some of the best Middle Eastern food in these parts. Of special note are the grape leaves, chicken sumac and some truly exceptional shawarma. This is truly a menu of Eastern delights. Vegetarians are treated regally. The weekday lunchtime vegetarian buffet is a great way for newcomers to explore the delightful menu. (J.B.) $$. CC. FB. LB. RS. SB. Handicap access. 271-6000

2847 N. Oakland Ave.

Arabian nights (and lunches) are a pleasure to behold at this popular East Side spot for Middle Eastern cuisine. Vegetarians delight in the many meat-free appetizers; fans of chargrilled lamb, chicken and beef will find kebab plates filled past the brim. The dinner menu also offers Persian specialties, mainly kebabs. Freshly baked desserts include the highly recommended warbat, an Arabic custard-filled pastry. (J.B.) $$. CC. FB, RS. Handicap access. 964-5475

Yum! Yum!

4125 S. Howell Ave.

Housed in what once was a neighborhood drive-in, it's a tiny place with just four seats at a counter. However Yum! Yum! plans to expand. The food is Middle Eastern with the usual beef and chicken kababs and vegetarian appetizers. The meat is zabiha halal, the Islamic equivalent of kosher. Starters include humus, babagonoog, and Egyptian fuul (fava beans) and among the entrees is a decent beef shawarma of beef offered spicy or mild. (J.B.) $. CC. 489-7200


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