Middle Eastern Morning at Al Bawadi Grill in Chicago's South Suburbs

Slideshow SLIDESHOW: Middle Eastern Morning at Al Bawadi Grill in Chicago's South Suburbs

Al Bawadi Grill's mixed grill platter is more than a meal—not to mention a great breakfast alternative to that which is ho-hum. [Photographs: Jennifer Olvera]

Really, there's nothing wrong with omelets—I'm just not a breakfast girl. That's why, nine times out of 10, I'm the one ordering a burger or BLT first thing. It's not necessarily what I want, per se; it's just more appealing to me than standard morning fare. Unfortunately, my kind of stance can be limiting, especially since I live in the suburbs. Fortunately, I know of Middle Eastern gems that offer the perfect fix.

Check them all out by clicking on the slideshow, or check out each individual dish below.

Al Bawadi Grill

Mixed Grill at Al Bawadi Grill ($15.99)

My hands-down favorite for Middle Eastern is Al Bawadi Grill in Bridgeview.

Al Bawadi Grill, 7216 W. 87th St., Bridgeview, IL 60455 (map); 708-599-1999; albawadigrill.com

Al Mawal

Hummus at Al Mawal ($4.25)

Just down the road from Al Bawadi is an unassuming but wholly satisfying alternative: Al Mawal. Whether you carry out or settle into the simple, welcoming dining room, a feast of epic proportions is in store.

Al Mawal, 10718 S. Harlem Ave., Worth, IL 60482 (map); 708-361-5100

Fattoush

Lunch Special ($6.99, available anytime) and falafel ($3.99) at Fattoush

While at Al Mawal, wander further down the same strip mall and find Fattoush, its cheery coffeehouse-like confines an inviting place to linger, starting at 7 a.m.

Fattoush,10700 S. Harlem Ave., Worth, IL 60482 (map); 708-671-9999; fattoushchicago.com

About the author: Jennifer Olvera is a veteran food and travel writer and author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Chicago." Follow her on Twitter @olverajennifer.

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