It may not look that exciting from the outside, but it has been a staple in Chicago for many years. Salam restaurant is an imposing little place that is located right off the Brown Line. Well , up until now. The cute little Mideastern restaurant will be allowing Lincoln Park diners to try their cuisine very soon. But we had to go to the source and eat at the orginal. We weren’t disappointed.
Warmth is what we felt when we walked through the door of the Kedzie mainstay. It was certainly welcome after trudging through the snow. Another thing that I welcomed was a steaming cup of chai. It reminds me of my early days in Chicago. They have a wide selection of Arabic coffees and teas to accompany your meal. Then we dug right into our luscious veggie platter. It boasted what Chicago’s best calls the best hummus in Chicago. No cans here but freshly ground chick peas and spices served with piping hot pita. The falafel was an explosion of taste in my mouth, as well as the Jerusalem salad with its taste of exotic lands. Color was added to the mix with turnips and olives, and I don’t know anyone that doesn’t like stuffed grape leaves or dolmas.
I was looking forward to our entree and I wasn’t disappointed. We were treated to a variety of delicious looking meats like shish kabobs , chicken, and lamb that was so tender it fell apart. We paired it on a pita with all the fixins including tahini and other sauces. A grand meal like this should always end with dessert. Our server suggested a winner , the warbat which was filled with cream cheese. Heavenly!!
Does this sound good to you? If it does, then make your way to either N Kedzie or the new Salam on Fullerton in Lincoln Park. Hey you can only eat the pizza and burgers for so long. If you want to try something delicious and different, give Salam a try.