Ameer Kabob, the new Middle Eastern joint on Milwaukee between Division and Augusta, isn't where you'd come to lay on carpets while gazing at ornamental wall portraits of Mecca through the thick, sweet smoke of the Nargila you're smoking. This place is simple, with bare walls and office-style lighting. But that's OK, it's mostly for takeout and delivery.
Call 'em up and order your inexpensive Arabian favorites — shawarmas, falafals, hummus, baba ghanoush and kabobs (typically $4-$5 — what Sultan's Market used to charge, before the popular restaurant at North & Hoyne was discovered by the hordes). There are vegetarian options too, as this is Wicker Park hipster-ville. And they'll deliver anywhere between Western and Fullerton.
Make the mistake and plan to dine in? That's OK. Ameer Kabob offers eight tables, chairs, silverware and all the bare essentials. Lunch specials served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. include a kabob or shawarma plate with rice, salad and pita bread. Before you head to the cozy cafe next door to suck on the water pipe, try Ameer's homemade baklava — or cheese and chocolate cake. What the place lacks in decor, it makes up in accessibility and affordability.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Jacob Wheeler