Subway: Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Madison, Red to Monroe (Red)(312) 443-953441.882751 -87.626181 21 N Wabash Ave (between Madison and Washington Sts) Loop, Chicago
Lunch (closed Sun)Average main course: $5
Pass up the cases of sparkling diamonds and watches that line the Jeweler’s Mall, and make your way to the back for the real gem—a Middle Eastern takeout joint that’s saved many a vegetarian stuck in the burger-heavy Loop. Best bets are smoky baba ghanoush, crispy falafel and any of the daily specials, especially Friday’s Moroccan couscous packed with sweet potatoes, roasted eggplant and steamed spinach. Carnivores shouldn’t miss Monday’s Moroccan chicken pastille: flaky phyllo stuffed with saffron-ginger-cinnamon–laced chicken and chunks of carrots, green pepper and onions.