There is an old Roman legend dating back to the time of the Emperor Claudius, and it goes something like this. A Roman General while on campaign in a scorching desert found his army was running critically low on water. One of the locals suggested a sacrifice to some god or another to make it rain, but not just anything would be accepted as a sacrifice. Only beer, preferably dark beer. The general turned to his men hoping someone had decided to bring beer, and as it turns out, some of the Germans had packed beer for the expedition. The beer was sacrificed in the sands and sure enough the rains followed. The moral of the story? Germans love beer, but you probably already knew that.
On a scorching summer day, the salad sampler at Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen is a perfectly virtuous and refreshing beginning to supper. The Jerusalem salad, with a light tahini dressing, and citrusy tabbouleh are standouts.
If it's your first visit, or if you're not too familiar with Middle Eastern cuisine, you'll definitely want to order the appetizer sampler, which comes with Dawali's famous hummus, baba ghannouj, ful mudamas, masaka and award-winning falafel.
Before opening his second location in Lincoln Park on Halsted, chef-owner Nasser Amer made sure his staff had perfected the falafel - crisp on the outside, with a succulent, bright green, perfectly spiced chickpea interior.
Stanley's Kitchen & Tap
1970 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
If you're tired of the usual fast food circuit but have the budget principles of Suze Orman, make your way to Stanley's Kitchen & Tap in Lincoln Park.
This local hangout has a down-home, southern atmosphere and awesome deals throughout the week on great tasting comfort food and drinks. Burger fanatics like myself should stop by on Mondays, when Stanley's Kitchen & Tap has their Burger Barn Special. This deal gets you a burger with fries, a fried pickle, a salad, and soup—all for $5!