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!