We recently went to the Middle East Bakery, which is located at 1512 W. Foster in Chicago, IL. They have a plethora of vegan food options. My only gripe is the parking situation. It’s all metered on-street parking on a very crowded street. Rob will have a pic on his blog tonight of the lovely Detroit-Style parking job this moron in a Daewoo did behind us.
We decided to try an assortment of items….hummos, spicy hummos, roasted red pepper hummos, sun-dried tomato hummus, baba ganoush, spicy baba ganoush, artichoke lemon spread, and of course foul (spicy fava bean dip).
Everything was delicious. I love that when they say something is “spicy” they mean it. The spicy hummos and baba have a bite…which sometimes you won’t feel until you’re done eating it. The foul was wonderful too.
They also have delicious spinach and onion pies that have a slight kick to them thanks to some crushed red pepper. I would eat these anytime.
They also sell falafel and we bought a dozen to try. Their falafel is eerily similar to my favorite restaurant back in the “D”…Country Restaurant.
Also tried their lentil soup. It was good. It wasn’t as flavorful as the Middle Eastern lentil soups I’m used to but I’d eat it again.
And of course, who can forget dessert. Just like New Yasmeen, they have honey-free baklava. I picked out the pistachio variety. I should have bought two packages! This stuff is deliriously good.
They also have an assortment of pita breads, spices, grains, legumes, dried fruits, and other snacks. I picked up a bag of pumpkin seeds to snack on.
Definitely try the Middle East Bakery if you’re anywhere near Chicago. The food is yummy. Parking is a bit crazy, but it’s worth the hassle when mouth-watering vegan baklava is involved. The people working there (the owners?) were exceptionally friendly and nice too. It’s not New Yasmeen but it’s the closest thing I’ve found so far since moving here.