This part of town has no shortage of places to get a kabob sandwich. In fact, the popular (and SNL skit-inspiring) Hub's Restaurant
is directly across the street. But Shawarma Inn is carving its niche by focusing solely on Middle Eastern fare, complete with authentic music blaring and lamb roasting on a spit behind the counter. Owner George Koril brings many of the same dishes from his Albany Park restaurant, George's Kabab Grill
The restaurant offers full-service dining as well as carry out, delivery and catering. Menu items are what you would expect, with Middle Eastern favorites like hummus, tabouleh and baba ghanoush appetizers ($4-$6), shish kabob, falafel and shawarma sandwiches ($5), and entrees that range from kabobs and shawarma to Cornish hen and catfish (all $10-$12). All entrees are served with rice, salad, pita bread and the stew of the day. Sandwiches don't come with sides but include lettuce, tomato and cucumber and your choice of tahini, garlic or hot sauce.
If you're in the mood for breakfast (as many patrons may be at 1 a.m. on a Saturday), eggs, omelets and chili (for some reason listed as a breakfast item) are also available. Desserts include baklava, bamia and fatayar. Shawarma Inn does not serve alcohol, but is the kind of place that will satisfy a booze-fueled craving.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Erica Walkup