I happened to have 2 meals (one lunch, one dinner, though the menu appears not to change) at this Nile:
1611 East 55th Street
Chicago, IL 60615
in the last week, and have been very happy with them.
On both occasions there were just a few other tables occupied with take out business steady the whole time we were there. We were seated quickly, immediately receiving menus and water and an invitation to order something immediately if we were especially hungry or in a rush.
I had a lamb/beef shawerma sandwich at lunch and it was a very generously stuffed pita for $5 or $6; the meat very tasty and juicy. The jerusalem salad used pretty mediocre tomatoes, but was very refreshingly dressed with lemon and sumac. Service was very friendly and attentive throughout.
At dinner this evening Mrs. B. and I shared apps. and a large plate of combo broiled meats. All were generously portioned, juicy and flavorful. The baba ganooj was on the coarse side, tangy and delicious. Felafel were a bit larger than some, freshly fried as dark as you can go without burning.
The meat platter had both chunks of turmeric-coated chicken breast (shish taouk), and thin sliced chicken shawerma, along with steak, and kafta kabab. There were large zucchini chunks, carrot slices and roast potatoes to complement. The shish taouk had a mouthwatering combination of lemony tartness and broiler char bitterness without any dryness. The chunks of steak were very tender and juicy and perfectly med. rare. The shawerma was magically all crispy bits. The tahini-based sauce had a very nice tang as well. The kafta was not terribly aggressively seasoned, but like all the rest was nice and juicy. I have often had rather dried out meats on similar combo platters, so this was a decided cut above many.
The veggies were also cooked just right---still toothsome, and the roasted potatoes had a nice crunchy outside.
Once again, service was extremely attentive and Mrs. B. and I ate ourselves quite sufficiently full for $20 total (before tip).
This really seems to me a great go-to place for basic value, flavor and friendliness with nothing else much like it in the vicinity, it's neighbors being Thai, Japanese, and Korean, and the various places up on 53rd (Mellow Yellow, Clarke's, odd sort-of-cajun place, etc.) nowhere near as good.
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