Rene G wrote:
With the mensef at Steve's
and the grilled items at Al Bawadi you have to wonder why anyone would bother eating Middle Eastern food anywhere except the southwest suburbs. I had a very nice lunch at Al Bawadi last week with Mike G and PIGMON. Just about everything we ordered was excellent.
Easily the best Arabic food my wife and I have had in ages was also in Bridgeview, I mean Worth, but not at Al Bawadi. We ate last night at Almawal. A place, I'm guessing based on lack of coverage, relatively new. We were kinda on our way to Al Bawadi but turned in at the first strip mall that looked good. And this place struck us as chowdar worthy.
It was! Now, going back through this thread, and the Al Bawadi pics, I wonder if there is some kinda connection between the two places, like maybe someone at Almawal (note, they spell it that way, not Al Mawal) worked at Al Bawadi. Not the least, the eggplant salad with the pickles is very similar looking. It's been a few years, at least, since I've been to Al Bawadi, so I cannot fully compare eggplant to eggplant, but this gratis salad, quite spicey and like I make, was about my favorite thing eaten.
Not that most everything else was not very good too. And such a deal! We ordered the Almwal mixed grill and the whole grilled chicken. We were warned that the grilled chicken would take 45 minutes. That was fine as we mostly wanted that dish as something to take back to the kids. By the time we ate the mixed grill, including the baba and humus that comes with it, and I mean not finishing the mixed grill, we had no room for the awesome platter of chicken and rice that came to us. We packed it nearly all a way. With a glass of tea and an outstandingly tart lime (a/k/a lemon) drink, the bill came to $37. There's a meal for four in our fridge.
The menu notes daily meal for $11.99. We never got around to asking about that. I'm guessing it's good. There's a few things on the menu not always seen around town, spleen sandwich anyone, as well as some amusing translations: kodseya is "hummus with food."
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