Beyond crisp falafel, creamy baba ghanoush, and other familiar Mediterranean snacks, Sahara Restaurant & Grill offers dishes that may surprise the palate or astonish a newbie fork. That's because the restaurant specializes in Chaldean cuisine, which traces its roots back to ancient Babylon and Mesopotamia. Saad Attisha and his family opened the restaurant in1982, and ever since, they've been serving up specialties such as chopped salads with fresh mint, savory lamb tashreeb, and tender charbroiled quail. "The delicious meal never stopped impressing, and is highly recommended as a must-stop," wrote one Spero News contributor after dining at the restaurant's Oak Park location.
Stacked with Sy Ginsberg meats and served with homemade kettle chips, Front Page Deli's lineup of 22 newspaper-themed sandwiches cures both lunch and dinner cravings. The Headliner ($5.99 for a half, $7.99 for a regular) slips corned beef and swiss cheese onto mustard-slathered halves of an onion roll, and rye bread cushions the Authority's layers of hot brisket roast beef, coleslaw, and russian dressing. Diners can satiate freshwater appetites or pet orcas weaned on people food with the Weekend sandwich, which tops deep-fried cod and tartar sauce with lettuce, tomato, and american cheese. Patrons can plunge forks into eight specialty salads ($6.99 for a small, $8.99 for a large) such as the caesar and Baby Blue, or gussy up all-beef hot dogs with chili cheese, onions, and mustard ($3.49). Burgers ($4.99–$7.99) marshal an entourage of steak fries, and glass bottles of Michigan-made sodas ($1.98) drain swiftly for onsite speed rounds of model-ship building.
Jamaican Paradise transports clients to a Caribbean island with its menu of exotic cuisine and uncommon ingredients. Chefs stew cuts of goat in a rich curry, spice chicken with tongue-searing jerk seasonings, and serve entire portions of oxtails. The chefs, however, balance these adventurous dishes with sides and vegetarian-friendly entrees more tame than a stay-at-home fern, such as comforting scoops of mac 'n' cheese and roasted-vegetable curry. They also deviate from traditional tropical fare, serving recipes with unique flavor profiles, such as soup made with curried sweet potatoes and apples.