Like gritty crime-show interrogation scenes, the kebob combines grilling, skewering, and meat and vegetable good cop/bad cop routines. Take the law into your own hands and mouth with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Mediterranean fare at Cedars Mediterranean Kitchen, located near the University of Chicago. This Groupon is worth $25 if redeemed Monday-Thursday.
At Cedars, exotic Mediterranean flavors explode from pitas, kebobs, shwarmas, and traditional dishes. Time Out Chicago raves about the restaurant’s falafel and the Chicago Reader says the pitas are “unusually good.” A massive brick oven in the dining room bakes these delectably fresh pitas and roasts succulent meats. Char-grilled lamb skewers mingle with tomatoes, onions, and tahina sauce in the kefta kebob sandwich pita, which is served with home-style french fries ($7.50) and the Mediterranean skirt steak sizzles at 1,500 degrees in a savory marinade of lemon, cumin, garlic, and jalapeños ($14.99). Curry-grilled Chilean salmon is massaged with curry and Mediterranean herbs and spices ($14.99). Dessert nibblings include honey-glazed baklava ($2.99), pineapple-cheese hareesa ($5.50), chilled cinnamon rice pudding ($4.50), and the Cedars trio that features all three ($8.99). Ensembles of four or more can elect the family-style option for portions fit for sharing or clobbering roving food bandits.
Because crowds are larger on weekends, stop in Monday-Thursday to make use of this Groupon's full value. Plus, Cedars is BYOB, so grab a bottle of wine or bring your own brother.
Both Time Out Chicago and the Chicago Reader recommend Cedars Mediterranean Kitchen and nearly 100 Yelpers give it a 3.5-star average. Metromixers give Cedars an average of 3.7 stars, Yahoo! Locals give it a 4.5-star average, and nine zabihah reviewers give it an average of 4.4 stars:
- Cedars' falafel, hummus, baba ghanoush, lentil soup—pretty much everything that goes with its delicious, warm pita bread—have us hooked. And ever since its recent remodel—which reworked not only the now-slick dining room but the menu as well—we're equally enticed by the entrées. Sumptuous braised short ribs get a sweet pomegranate-glaze, and shekriya is comprised of tender lamb in a tangy yogurt sauce. – Time Out Chicago
- This Lebanese restaurant offers the usual suspects: marinated chicken kebabs, falafel, and hummus to spread on unusually good pita. Portions are generous, which makes it a great stop for those on a student budget. – Chicago Reader
Cedars Mediterranean Kitchen
From the first aromas of smoked eggplant and imported Mediterranean spices to the last dollop of house-roasted hummus, Cedars Mediterranean Kitchen exudes traditional Levantine comfort. Track lighting and a tastefully minimalist design scheme nudges the gustatory experience to the forefront, encouraging diners to savor fresh, lightly fried falafel, vegetarian tagene, and lamb kibbeh that Chicago Magazine praised for its "crunchy exterior" and "warm, spongy interior, bursting with lamb, onions, and pine nuts" in its piece, "40 Reasons to Love Chicago". Cedars also moonlights as a catering operation, serving their cuisines at parties and special events.
1206 E 53rd St.
Chicago, Illinois 60615Get Directions