Chicago >Fattoush Restaurant
“selected the restaurant's "namesake" salad -- fattoush-- as well as the shishlik wrapped in a large, rather thick flat bread, the one we call "lafa" in Israel.”
“poor quality food and mediocre service for too much money.”
“Their prices are very reasonable as well.”
Middle Eastern food that fills every expectation.. I am Israeli and am always on the lookout for a new place to eat good Middle Eastern food. So when I happened to be in the area and spotted this restaurant, I went right in with the eager anticipation of enjoying what I hoped would be an excellent meal. And "Fattoush" did not disappoint! I selected the restaurant's "namesake" salad -- fattoush-- as well as the shishlik wrapped in a large, rather thick flat bread, the one we call "lafa" in Israel. The salad was oh so fresh -- the friendly owner informed me that it includes seventeen (!) different ingredients. It was a meal in itself, this salad, and all the finely cut vegetables and herbs blended perfectly to make for a delicious, savory, satisfying dish. The salad comes with several pieces of thin fresh pita, which can (and should!) be used to sop up the juices from the salad. The small, tender pieces of shishlik were done just right for my palate, and the owner doesn't skimp on the meat. This type of sandwich makes for an excellent meal to be eaten either for dine-in or on the run as a take-out option. A very appealing feature of "Fattoush" is that the owner does not employ any cooks. He and his wife are the only cooks in the restaurant, so you can be sure that lots of love and care is put into making these completely authentic Lebanese dishes. As for the atmosphere: Arab music was playing in the background and was not in the least obtrusive. The tables are spaced very well, with plenty of room to get around comfortably. I felt at home and relaxed, and there was no feeling of being rushed -- and I indeed took my time to thoroughly enjoy myself. I admit that I have yet to try the other choices on the menu, and I definitely plan on going back to do so.
poor quality food and mediocre service for too much money.. i am a local business owner. two three weeks ago a friend and i decided to try something new. description of fattosh, a BYOB sounded interesting. the place was almost empty but loud arabic music was playing. we had brought our own wine to enjoy with dinner, but we were informed by our waitress that she does not know how to open a wine bottle. the food was below average and had replacement ingredients different than that given in the menu description. plates were hastily removed and and the tab was shoved under our faces. the waitress checked on the tab several times to see if it was paid. she also picked up her tip right away. all in all, i had a bad experience.
It is worth a try.. The fod was good and the service was OK, I did not like how the employees were all sitting around in the room with me and everytime they got up I felt bad. But they were nice.
Average. I got the falafel sandwich which was overstuffed with falafel and didn't have enough of the other ingredients. It was really dry also. I didn't try anything else so maybe some of the other foods are better. Decor is average.
Very nice people, very fresh food. My husband and I really love going to this restaurant. Not only is the food very fresh and delicious (they seem to chop everything fresh as needed), the family that runs the restaurant is the nicest family and that makes the experience special. The service is perfect and they are always anticipating their customers needs. We hope they do very well for many years to come. Their prices are very reasonable as well.
This tidy, compact North Side cafe serves up tasty Lebanese cuisine to a laid-back neighborhood crowd..
Step in off Halsted and up a half-dozen stairs to the bright dining room, where white walls and tablecloths are offset by framed Lebanese travel posters and earth-toned floor tiles. The menu offers Middle Eastern favorites like hummus, vegetarian grape leaf wraps, tabbouleh and shish kabob sandwiches. Entrees include beef shawarma (strips of beef with a faint cinnamon flavor); baked salmon or trout; and a falafel plate. For dessert: irresistibly flaky baklava.
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