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Restaurant Fri Nov 16 2007
The secret is out. My favorite neighborhood BYOB has been mentioned in Chicago Magazine's 124 Best Meals. It's funny when you love a place so much that you don't want it to get too popular, yet you realize that it needs that popularity to stay in business. Sigh...
I'm talking about Semiramis--a Lebanese gem in Albany Park. The consistently delicious food, very reasonable prices and excellent service put Semiramis at the top of my list. And while the rotisserie chicken got Chicago Magazine's attention, I keep going back for different favorites.
I start with the kibbeh trio appetizer, a blend of ground lamb and spices encased in a crust of potato, corn or the traditional bulgur wheat. Keep an eye-out for the chilled yogurt soup appetizer--a tangy seasonal favorite consisting of a creamy yogurt base, diced cucumber and grape halves. For my main course, I almost always order the chicken shawarma with fattoush--a chopped vegetable salad that's tossed with mint, sumac, olive oil, lemon, and toasted pita bread, and then topped with house-marinated chicken. And if I've successfully finished my wine (BYOB, $3 corkage), I'll finish the meal with Arabic coffee spiced with cardamom. Ahhh, happy tummy.
So if the next time I go to Semiramis and find myself waiting in line, I'll have this post to blame. But that's OK--it's too good not to share. 4639 N. Kedzie Ave., 773-290-8900.