Kibbeh trio at Semiramis
Subway: Brown to Kedzie(773) 279-8900 semiramisrestaurant.com41.882009 -87.706101 4639–41 N Kedzie Ave (between Eastwood and Leland Aves) Albany Park, Chicago
Lunch, dinnerAverage main course: $13
On a sunny day, this Lebanese café is warm and full of light. On darker days, the food provides the sunniness. The fattoush salad provides forkfuls of bright, tart flavors, and the basket of warm pita begs to be slathered with foul—fava beans cooked with olive oil and garlic to make a tangy, spreadable paste. Sandwiches, like a chicken wrap, and tender kebabs are prepared skillfully, and everything benefits from a slather of the housemade garlic sauce, toum. Pair the maamoul cookies with a cup of rich cardamom-laced coffee.