I've always had an inexplicable thing for falafel. It's almost akin to random pregnancy cravings, minus the unbalanced hormones and second human being growing inside me. When my taste buds are hankering for those deep-fried balls of mashed chickpeas, I head to Sultan's Market in Wicker Park (there's another location in Lincoln Park, but the original Wicker Park restaurant is better). Located just west of the Damen/Milwaukee/North intersection, this Middle Eastern BYOB is a long-time staple of the neighborhood for good reason—it's as delicious as it is reasonably priced.
For sandwich seekers, look no farther than Sultan's falafel sandwich ($3.75). Two big pieces of falafel are chopped into large chunks and stuffed into a pita dripping with hummus. House-made Jerusalem salad—a mix of tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs and parsley drenched in lemon juice and tahini—is heaped on top. Spicy red pepper sauce is optional, though recommended. Personally, I like to add some extra tomatoes and onion slices. And for just less than four dollars, the taste to cost ratio makes this one of the best bargains in the city.