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    Post #1 - June 1st, 2010, 12:54 pm
    Post #1 - June 1st, 2010, 12:54 pm Post #1 - June 1st, 2010, 12:54 pm
    I work across the street from the Monroe Street location, but was never a big fan of either Spa Cafe or Lunchrolls - tried Spa Cafe twice, Lunchrolls once over almost three years. The new concept is much more streamlined from a food cost concept, and so far the lines have been 15 deep both times I've been there.

    The first time I tried the kofta kebab (ground lamb) sandwich ($5.40), with an extra side of falafel ($2.00). The sandwich was solid, and will have me coming back compared to McWendyCafeteriaLunch.

    Today, I was not particularly hungry (Manny's for breakfast) but wanted something small before my flight and my dinner at Oklahoma Joe's in KC, and I had to go to Walgreens anyway. I stopped in and got just the side of falafel. $2.20 after tax for five perfectly acceptable pieces in a domed plastic container, with an adequate side of tahini. I'm sure there are better, and I know I've had worse, but for me this is a great go-to snack for the car ride home!

    Most impressively, a manager had a meat thermometer out and was measuring the temperature of the stored schwarma chicken being used for various dishes. I like the emphasis on good food service sanitation.

    (Mods, I'll understand if this should be a new thread, but I wasn't sure since it appears to be the same owners with just a different concept if you would prefer to just rename this one.)
    "Fried chicken should unify us, as opposed to tearing us apart. " - Bomani Jones
  • Post #2 - June 1st, 2010, 12:57 pm
    Post #2 - June 1st, 2010, 12:57 pm Post #2 - June 1st, 2010, 12:57 pm
    Isn't this now another outpost of I Dream of Falafel?
    -Josh

    I've started blogging about the Stuff I Eat
  • Post #3 - June 1st, 2010, 1:02 pm
    Post #3 - June 1st, 2010, 1:02 pm Post #3 - June 1st, 2010, 1:02 pm
    Yes, I'm sorry - I put that in the title of my post but it doesn't bold very well.
    "Fried chicken should unify us, as opposed to tearing us apart. " - Bomani Jones
  • Post #4 - June 1st, 2010, 1:06 pm
    Post #4 - June 1st, 2010, 1:06 pm Post #4 - June 1st, 2010, 1:06 pm
    threadkiller wrote:Yes, I'm sorry - I put that in the title of my post but it doesn't bold very well.


    Oops, sorry I missed that :oops: . I hardly ever look at the subject lines of individual posts. Carry on!
    -Josh

    I've started blogging about the Stuff I Eat
  • Post #5 - June 1st, 2010, 1:58 pm
    Post #5 - June 1st, 2010, 1:58 pm Post #5 - June 1st, 2010, 1:58 pm
    threadkiller wrote:(Mods, I'll understand if this should be a new thread, but I wasn't sure since it appears to be the same owners with just a different concept if you would prefer to just rename this one.)

    Done.

    I Dream of Falafel
    112 W Monroe
    Chicago, IL 60603
    Phone: 312 263-4363

    =R=
    for the moderators
    Same planet, different world
  • Post #6 - June 1st, 2010, 7:02 pm
    Post #6 - June 1st, 2010, 7:02 pm Post #6 - June 1st, 2010, 7:02 pm
    The original location, still in operation and expanding, is in the old Petra Space on Franklin, mentioned here in the Petra Thread

    I Dream of Falafel
    http://www.idreamoffalafel.com/
    331 S FRANKLIN ST
    CHICAGO, IL 60606
    312.913.9660
  • Post #7 - June 10th, 2010, 12:00 pm
    Post #7 - June 10th, 2010, 12:00 pm Post #7 - June 10th, 2010, 12:00 pm
    So, I decided to branch out from my normal Oasis routine and went to I Dream of Falafel. I got the trio of salads with falafel balls. Two of the three salads are cucumber/tomato-based, and are just fine, though nothing special (one has a tahini dressing, the other I can't quite tell). The third salad is shredded lettuce with shredded carrot and radish slices - unfortunately the shredded lettuce was sad and browning.

    The falafel balls have a nice herbal quality to them, but unfortunately are a bit of a bad fry job. The outside is really loose and oil has worked its way in to all the crevasses, resulting in a thick, slightly greasy crust. Clearly not as lovingly crafted as some falafel balls around town.

    -Dan
  • Post #8 - June 10th, 2010, 12:51 pm
    Post #8 - June 10th, 2010, 12:51 pm Post #8 - June 10th, 2010, 12:51 pm
    The lines here around noon are crazy. The food is ok, but not worth a 15 minute wait.
    i used to milk cows
  • Post #9 - May 5th, 2017, 6:28 pm
    Post #9 - May 5th, 2017, 6:28 pm Post #9 - May 5th, 2017, 6:28 pm
    I Dream of Falafel is opening the first of three new restaurants. 19 N. Wells St.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2017/4/7/1522 ... ummer-2017
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard

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