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Oct 17, 2008 01:00 PM

Pa'ami in Chicago

Anyone been there? What did you think? I haven't gone yet.

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  1. Where is it? . . . and I thought I knew all the kosher places in Chicago -

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    1. re: weinstein5

      Sorry I made a's Taami...It's on Touhy next to Northshore Bakery....

      1. re: Pluckyduk8

        Interesting - will have to check it out -

        1. re: weinstein5

          I would love an update on Kosher places in Chicago, as we are visiting this week. Also who makes the best doughnuts for Chanukkah?

          1. re: sig

            I am not sure when the last time you wer ein Chicago but Ta'ami is the newest place in Chicago - I looked in the place but did not eat there - looks spartan but prices seem reasonable - but it all depends where you are staying and if you have access to a car -

            Metro Klub and the Spertus Cafe are the only restaurants are downtown

            Ta'Boun Grill, In my opinion, one of the best restaurants Chicago has to offer is located in Rogers Park, a neighborhood about 6-8 miles north of downtown - it is an Israeli Grill casual and very good. Other choices include Tel Aviv Pizza- decent pizza - and Great Chicago

            In Skokie/Evanston - There is Kens Diner serves a good burger and has been a staple for years - Slice of Life a dairy restaurant also has been around for years - Tein Li Chow is a carry out chinese located in the Jewel on Howard in Evanston is one of the best kosher chinese restaurant I have eaten at anywhere - it is only carry out - the jewel also has a full service kosher deli and many kosher products - for high end your have Shallot's Bistro - it is still very good but not where it once was in IMHO and Hy Life Bistro next to Slice of Life also very good

            In Northbrook there is a new Israeli grill - Mizrahi Grill - also excellent almost as good as Ta'boun

            for a list of restaurants here is one form the CRC -

            1. re: weinstein5

              Forgot to give links to the places I have mentioned -

              6339 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60659

              Shallots Bistro
              4741 Main St, Skokie, IL 60076

              733 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60661

              Spertus Cafe
              610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

              Mizrahi Grill
              215 Skokie Valley Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035

              Kens Diner
              3353 West Dempster Street, Skokie, IL

              Tel-Aviv Kosher Pizza
              6349 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60659

              Slice of Life
              4120 Dempster St, Skokie, IL 60076

              Tein Li Chow
              2485 Howard St, Evanston, IL 60202

              1. re: weinstein5

                Of those listed above I'd recommend only Ken's and Tein Li Chow. While I'll confess to eating at Taboun with some regularity it's only to appease friends who go there. The quality as fallen off from th efirst year when I would have rated them near the top of Chicago's kosher choices. Shallots is good but it's too expensive for regular dining. Tel Aviv/Slice/Metro/Great Chicago are all a disappointment.

                Ken's does big messy hamburgers very well. It's in my regular rotation and I actually crave it a lot. Not at all fine dining but a good, solid sandwich place. The list omits Srulie's, which is out of the way but deserves a visit. It's good for what it is and the owner couldn't be nicer.

                1. re: ferret

                  I agree about Srulie' s - they make an excellent schnitzle -

              2. re: weinstein5

                Ta'ami was horrible...I feel bad to give such a report because I want new restaurants to succeed, however the food was bad and the service was worse. We had to ask for silverware after our food was delivered. The food itself was nothing special that even I as a not very good cook could make and is nothing that you can't find elsewhere. The menu is small. Only good thing is that the prices are reasonable.

                1. re: Pluckyduk8

                  I agree. The food at Ta'ami is absolutely awful. I had a dreadful burger (obviously from a frozen patty). DH had the chicken thigh pita which was slightly less bad. The service is terrible and dumb; they put a full glass of water in front of my one-year-old baby. The atmosphere nonexistent. It says there is takeout; we even got a mailer all about their delicious gourmet takeout, but the takeout cases at the front are empty and unmanned.

                  We like Mizrahi a lot and try to go there whenever we are up north.

                  1. re: Pluckyduk8

                    I am sorry to hear that - I too like to see new places succeed but in this day age they should be good -

                    1. re: weinstein5

                      Thanks for everyones suggestions, we travel to visit family in Chicago a few times a year.
                      -Shallots is expensive and disapointing as it has been in the past.
                      -Mizrahi -The shawarma entree was excellent, very good with grilled veggies.
                      -Taami was empty and everything was crossed off the menu so we left.
                      -Danalis is still a very nice place to go with great pizza.

        2. Mizrahi Grill is in Highland Park, not Northbrook. It is not fancy (you order at the counter) but it is CLEAN (so many kosher places are not)! The shwarma is very good and they have the most delicious pita I have ever eaten, at least in the States.