Albany Park, North Side


City Strip Mall Dining at Cafe 33 Orient in Albany Park

Titus Ruscitti 4 comments

Albany Park has everything from Korean and Mexican to Middle Eastern. It's one of the city's larger melting pots, and the restaurant options can be a little overwhelming if you're just driving around trying to pick a place. I decided to go with my gut instinct on this one. More

Eggplant Three Ways at Noon-O-Kabab

Chicago Lindsey Howald Patton 1 comment

Noon-O-Kabab serves up three Persian takes on roasted eggplant dip, each surprisingly different in taste, texture and color...and each equally delicious. More

The Great Unknown Chicago Italian Beef at Hot Dog Station

Chicago Mike Gebert Post a comment

Unexpectedly given its name, it's the Italian beef where that effort pays off the most. Is it better than Johnnie's? No, but just having many of the same virtues as probably the best beef on Earth puts you way ahead of most of your competitors. More

Deep Fried Chicago: McGill's Bar & Grill

Deep Fried Chicago Joe Roy 5 comments

If you do one fish fry this lent, make the trek up Pulaski to McGill's. Along with enjoying a great plate of fish, you may also witness some over-served-fifty-somethings gyrating to "SexyBack." If that doesn't scream barroom fish fry, I don't know what does. More

A Sandwich a Day: The Chenjeh Wrap at Noon O Kabab

A Sandwich a Day Josh Conley 1 comment

The Chenjeh Wrap ($8.95) at Noon O Kabab is one of the most handsome-looking wraps I've ever ordered. More

Behind the Sweets: Hannah Saaydeh Makes Knafeh at Jaafer Sweets

Behind the Sweets Lindsey Becker 4 comments

The Land of Middle Eastern Sweets is an area about as well known to me as the Gangnam Style dance, which is to say I recognize it when I see it but have no hope of personally reproducing it. But on a recent trip I discovered a fantastic sweet called knafeh. More

A Sandwich a Day: Chicken Tikka Kabob Sandwich at Salam

A Sandwich a Day Josh Conley 1 comment

Make no mistake, the chicken tikka kabob sandwich at Salam is hot. But the juicy chunks of chicken breast are further bolstered with the unmistakable char of fast and high heat. More

A Sandwich a Day: Lamb and Beef Chawarma Special at Semiramis

A Sandwich a Day Nick Kindelsperger 2 comments

There is so much going on in the lamb and beef chawarma special, it's almost hard to keep track of it all. Luckily, all the elements compliment each other, making for a sandwich that is meaty, crunchy, soft, acidic, and spicy. More

A Sandwich a Day: Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen

A Sandwich a Day Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

The biggest difference between Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen's perfectly acceptable Regular Falafel ($3.95) and the "house special" Classic Falafel ($4.95) is the addition of stuff. So with the tomato salad and tahini, you also get roasted vegetables like eggplant and cauliflower, along with a nice smear of hummus. More

A Sandwich a Day: Beef Brisket Barbecue at Smoque in Chicago

A Sandwich a Day James Boo 7 comments

A relative newcomer to the barbecue trail, Chicago's Smoque has quickly made a name for itself with meticulously studied barbecue staples. Believe the hype: The Irving Park smoke joint's beef brisket sandwich ($7.45), a standout in what is historically a pork rib town, is perfectly executed. More

Noli's New York Style Pizza: A Reminder of the Opposite of Pizza Greatness

Daniel Zemans 11 comments

There's not a whole lot to say about the actual pizza at Noli's New York Style Pizza. If you're craving that magical orange grease and are on the lookout for a mediocre New York slice, Noli's will fill your need. If you're craving a great example of New York –style pizza, fuhgeddaboudit. More

Ho Hum, Just Another Classic Thin-Crust Chicago Pie at Sano's

Daniel Zemans 2 comments

This is not a pizza that's going to blow your mind, but if you're in the neighborhood, it's one that will bring you some Chicago thin crust pizza joy. More

Standing Room Only: Lawrence Fish Market

Standing Room Only Nick Kindelsperger 3 comments

[Photographs: Nick Kindelsperger] Lawrence Fish Market 3914 W. Lawrence Avenue, Chicago IL 60625 (map); 773-267-6838 The Short Order: Freshly made takeout sushi. Want Fries with That? Keep away from anything fried here. Want Ketchup? Just a few packets of... More

A Pizzeria AND a Liquor Store? It Must be Marie's

Daniel Zemans 10 comments

Daniel Zemans, our man in Chicago, checks in with another piece of intel on the Windy City pizza scene. Daniel also blogs about Chicagoland pizza with his friends on the Chicago Pizza Club blog. --The Mgmt. It is always surprising... More

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