Chicago’s best Middle Eastern restaurants – Eater Chicago

Galit joins a great selection of Middle Eastern restaurants around Chicago.
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The Middle East is a diverse region, and Chicago’s Middle Eastern food scene is no different. From Lebanese to Turkish to Persian, there are threads that tie the city’s restaurants together–hummus, kebab, stone ovens–but variations in spices, signature dishes, influence, and atmosphere. Whether you’re craving a quick shawarma wrap or an elegant sit down dinner, one of these 18 restaurants is sure to satisfy.

As of January 23, Chicago restaurants are permitted to serve customers indoors with a 25 percent maximum capacity per room. At the same time, despite winter weather, a number of Chicago restaurants continue to offer outdoor seating. Regardless, the state requires reservations for indoor and outdoor dining. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the city of Chicago’s