Subway: Blue to Irving Park/Pulaski(773) 427-9130 shokranchicago.com41.953628 -87.728154 4027 W Irving Park Rd (between Keystone Ave and Pulaski Rd) Old Irving Park, Chicago
DinnerAverage main course: $15
The first thing to arrive at your table is a bowl of the fiery hot sauce harissa, but trust us—there’s nothing painful about eating here. Appetizers like zaalouk (soft roasted eggplant salad) and taktouka (earthy roasted green peppers) exhibit all the surprising, uncommonly nuanced flavors Moroccan food is famous for. Meanwhile, the lamb Marrakech tagine combines tender lamb with bright flavors of preserved lemon, and a sweet chicken couscous is indeed sweet, but balanced by onions and almonds. The only opportunity for discomfort? When you try to pay by credit card (this place is cash only, bro).