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Nov 23, 2011 09:04 AM

Most Authentic Arab/Lebanese/Syrian/Turkish Place?

I'm reuniting with a friend who lived in the area for a year.

Wondering if there's a place in Chicagoland that has tasty, authentic, "my grandmother's kitchen" food from the Middle East/Turkey?

Upscale/downscale doesnt matter

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  1. Check out Kedzie Street in Albany Park. Semiramis and Noon O Kabob are my favorites with Semiramis getting the nod. That street is chock full of little places to check out.

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    1. re: lbs

      +1 for Semiramis; a Lebanese gem

      1. re: lbs

        I love both Semiramis and Noon-o-Kebab. Try one or both of them and let us know what you think.

        1. re: lbs

          Noon-o-kebab is Persian. Very good Persian, but it's not one of the cuisines mentioned. Semiramis and it's across-street neighbor Salam are more in line with the request.

          Salam Restaurant
          4636 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

        2. For Turkish check out Turquoise Cafe right off the Brown Line here:

          1. As has been mentioned, Turqoise is a wonderful choice. And in another thread, Phoenicia in Highland Park, a northern suburb of Chicago, has outstanding mid-Eastern food primarily Lebanese as the owner, Joseph, is Lebanese. Check out that thread and see if it fits what you are looking for. Don

            1. I would through in Pita Inn for Lebanese and Taboun Grill for Israeli -

              Pita Inn
              9854 Milwaukee Ave, Des Plaines, IL 60016

              Pita Inn
              122 S Elmhurst Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090

              Taboun Grill
              8808 Gross Point Rd, Skokie, IL 60077

              Pita Inn
              3910 Dempster St, Skokie, IL 60076