Subway: Blue, Red to Jackson; Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Adams(312) 386-1300 tastytahini.com41.878266 -87.625708 60 E Jackson Blvd (between Wabash and Michigan Aves) Loop, Chicago
LunchAverage main course: $7
Falafel or shawarma? We’re partial to the lamb shawarma at this Middle Eastern quick-serve joint, which caters primarily to the desperate students and office drones working nearby. It’s aggressively seasoned, plus it holds up better on the steam table than the falafel. Sauce? Yogurt mint is the natural pairing, but ginger adds a nice kick to the chicken shawarma. Sides like cabbage-mint slaw, chickpea salad and sweet-potato fries disappointed, so be grateful the pitas are warmed in a panini press for each order, and get on with your day.