Every once and a rare while, you get the privilege of eating a food that makes you stop and make a simple observation: "Everyone else must be doing this wrong."
That is the experience one receives visiting Taste of Lebanon in Andersonville. Their simple menu belies the depth of flavor and texture packed into their food, something exemplified by the falafel with baba ghannouj wrap ($3.79).
Nothing fancy here, but the falafel had a crunchy crust that showed great technique rather than overcooking, and had a distinctly chickpea flavor. Every single bite of the wrap was filled with its goodness, with Taste of Lebanon not falling into the trap of skimping on the good stuff—three falafel does not a full wrap make.
And the baba ghannouj—oh, that baba ghannouj—was creamy, with a mildly sweet and savory flavor. A bit of tomato, lettuce, and parsley rounded out the well-priced wrap. A tip: Use the money saved to buy a bowl of lentil soup. You won't regret it.
Taste of Lebanon
1509 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60640 (map)
About the author: Nathan Lurz is an intern at Serious Eats Chicago. When he's not reviewing the occasional sammich, he spends his time trying to convince people to pay him to be a journalist, working at the non-partisan political news site Reboot Illinois, and being amazed he is a professional sandwich reviewer. Follow his wittiness on Twitter at @LurzBlurbz