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  • 5.0 star rating
    10/8/2015
    2 check-ins

    Not a flamboyant storefront, but the food is delicious and a good price! Cash only.

    We came on a Thurs early afternoon. Limited seating inside, but it seems most people come in and pick something up and then leave. The seating also has relatively quick turnover.

    The falafel appetizer plus lentil soup came out to be $6. The lentil soup was absolutely amazing. The spices were just right. And there was pita that came worth it to be used for dipping. I would highly recommend this combination, as it was filling, cheap, and tasty.

  • 5.0 star rating
    9/26/2015
    1 check-in

    KAFTA ME

    I walked in wanting either a beef or chicken shawarma. I asked the nice man at the counter which one was his favorite and he told me that both were good but chicken is the most popular. I then pressed him for his favorite and he suggested the lamb kafta. Why didn't I think of that? I looked at him and said, "Yes let's do that!"

    I also asked if he could make it spicy and he said yes. The prices weren't bad either. A Lamb Kafta wrap was only $3.99 which is a great deal.

    My wife went with the vegetarian combo special #1 for $5.99 which included Falafel, hummus, Baba Ghanoush, fresh vegetables, tahina sauce & pita bread. We also ordered a bowl of Fresh Lentil Soup for only $2.49.

    After placing our order we went to our table and waited. The nice man who took our order also delivered our food to us. We had arrived before lunch which was nice and relaxed but the closer we got to noon the larger the crowd got. I was so glad that we didn't come during the lunch rush. We were able to relax and enjoy our food.

    Our lentil soup with pita bread arrived first. I really liked it but I would not say it was the best lentil soup I've ever had. I liked the fact that it was not boiling hot. I hate getting soup that takes two days to cool off. I enjoyed the sweetness of the red lentils and it gave this soup a uniqueness.

    I really loved my lamb kafta. I was so happy he suggested it. I was very happy that there was lamb in every bite. I've had kafta wraps before where it's mostly veggies and no meat. That drives me crazy. I was also happy with the level of spiciness and the freshness of the vegetables. I would definitely come back for this.

    My wife loved her vegetarian combo. I was a lucky recipient of the food she couldn't finish. The hummus was very good. I loved the level of smokey flavor and believe it must be the smoked paprika that was served with it. I must also give high marks for the falafel. I love falafel but finding a good one is hard. This falafel was moist and soft on the inside. I hate it when falafels are dry and taste like gritty sand inside. This place gets how to make a good falafel. I was also impressed with the nice crispy outside and the yummy tahina sauce on top. I would also come back for the hummus and the falafel. I saw a wrap that includes both and I may have to try that.

    This place was a hidden gem. Thanks to all of the Yelpers that directed me here. Your reviews and photos really made me want to eat here and you did not steer me wrong. I just wish that this place was closer to where I lived because I would be a regular.

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/11/2015
    1 check-in

    I'm Lebanese and grew up with authentic Lebanese food.  Let me tell you, this place is legit.  Seasoning is awesome, tahini is on point, and veggies taste amazingly fresh.  They can also custom your food (i.e. Don't add pita to fattoush).  

    If you're in the area and want a quick, cheap, good dinner, stop by.  It'll be worth it!

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/28/2015
    2 check-ins

    My go to place for affordable Middle Eastern food is Sultans in Wicker Park, but a close friend of mine highly recommended this place to me since I am house sitting literally around the corner. I usually stick with what I know I will enjoy, that being a falafel. Since I was trying this place for the first time I figured I would step outside of my comfort zone and try something else. I decided to get the beef schwarma wrap, no onions because I pretty much loathe them. My friend got the same thing. The first few bites were good but after that I kinda got bored with it and the sauce was a bit too tangy in a sense for my taste(I am very picky when it comes to sauces and such). On the other hand my friend was crazy about his wrap.

    The wrap was put together nicely, just the right amount of everything and the beef was good. It just wasn't for me, but I can be a stickler when it comes to food. Next time my friend and I return here, because he has been dying to do so, I am going to try their falafel which I am sure I will love.

    I wish the inside of this place was a little more welcoming vs seeming like a hole in the wall. It is a small place and can get pretty busy so expect to wait a bit in line.

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/29/2015

    Cash only.  Big fan of the falafel and lentil soup, although the soup can be a bit heavy.

    The shawarma wraps, however, left a bit to be desired - while they're definitely cheap, the portions aren't huge - the wraps are not really stuffed.  I don't usually have huge meals but I can easily put down a couple wraps on my own.  I noticed that the wraps usually aren't served warm, and sometimes the meat, be it chicken or beef, ends up being really dry.  

    That said, for the other items I mentioned, I'm happy to get a quick take-out dinner from Taste of Lebanon if I can get there by 7 during the week.

  • 5.0 star rating
    4/14/2015
    1 check-in

    I took my wife to work yesterday.  After I dropped her off I looked for an inexpensive restaurant on Yelp w/a good rating.  Taste of Lebanon @ 1509 W Foster has a 4 1/2 star rating and for a good reason.  This is a tiny little store front with great food at very reasonable prices.  The interior is no frills, but the food I tried was excellent and very inexpensive.  This is a great combination in my book.

    I ordered the lentil soup.  The soup was only $2.49 & came with pita bread.  This was the best lentil soup I ever ate.  I also got the chicken shawarma wrap.  This was also delicious.

    I plan on going back and trying some other items on the menu.  This restaurant is a winning combination GREAT food @ REASONABLE prices.

  • 4.0 star rating
    3/22/2015
    5 check-ins

    Taste of Lebanon always appears first on Yelp when I'm searching at home (current location). Thursday evening it was on for a pick-up order.

    It's a small restaurant on Foster between Ashland and Clark. Parking could be trouble but I just walk the half block. I called ahead. After seeing the picture of the spicy Beef schwarma wrap, I was sold.

    Once I arrived, It was busy inside. Good sign of food to come. After tasting, I knew I made the right choice.

    The quantity of food is sufficient, quality is good and the price low. Worth it all around. I look forward to returning.

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/14/2015

    This is a great hole-in-the-wall lunch place. Super convenient, but cash only. Veggie platter #1 is the bomb. It even came with complimentary baklava! Unfortunately, I've discovered I don't like baba ghanoush (sp?) but maybe they will be so kind as to let me sub for extra hummus next time...? :)

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/1/2015

    Taste of Lebanon is terrific. In short, it's cheap, delicious, healthy food made and served promptly by great people.  

    They have solid options for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike (I love the Veggie Combo #1, the lentil soup, the falafel wrap) and every time I visit the employee running the register is friendly, cheerful and asks about my day. I leave feeling glad to be part of the neighborhood and psyched about whatever's in my takeout bag. Definitely worth a visit. Just remember it's cash-only!

  • 5.0 star rating
    9/27/2015

    Love this place. CASH ONLY! I know we're used to swiping and paying with phones but you have to go withdraw a $20 bill(which is enough for 2 people seriously!) and go to this place. In an area like Andersonville, which has myriads of hidden gems, this might be the best gem. Ambiance is "hole in the wallish" if you know what I mean. The Food however is 5 stars it's always good/comforting. Best lentil soup and I grew up eating lentils. My usual order is 2 lentil soups(1 for now 1 for later)/falafel plate(comes with 6 falafels and salad)/and chicken kabob wrap or Lebanese chicken salad...like I said everything is good just point at something if you don't know what to get and it will be good. Please go and support these hidden neighborhood gems and have an awesome meal while you're at it.

  • 5.0 star rating
    9/11/2015 Updated review

    Still coming here, still fantastic! They recently added a "Hummous & Shawarma" appetizer for all you people who claim to have a gluten allergy!

    5.0 star rating
    3/25/2010 Previous review
    There is not much to say about this place except AWESOME. The food is cheap, fast, and incredibly… Read more
  • 5.0 star rating
    1/24/2015
    3 check-ins

    Awesome!  I prefer this Middle Eastern fare much more than Andies and Rezas in Andersonville!  We ordered a Chicken Shwarma Wrap, a Lamb Kabob Wrap, a Falafel with Hummus Wrap, a Lebanese Salad, an order of Fries and Baklava for $20!  Yes, that was not a mistake, $20!

    The Chicken Schwarma wrap was good, but the Lamb Kabob Wrap was AMAZING!  I'm coming back an ordering the Beef Schwarma and Lentil Soup which I heard was phenomenal!  There are two veggie combos for the vegetarians out there.

    The only drawbacks are parking, tough in Andersonville, no delivery, and cash only!  These are minor compared to the fast service, cheap eats, and tremendous taste of the food here!

    If you are looking for a no frills, good value and great place to eat in the area, give this place a try.  You will be a frequent customer!

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/3/2014
    43 check-ins

    Nom nom nom, so good.

    I always get the falafel and hummus wrap and boyfriend always gets the lamb kefta wrap. The best part is squeezing their chili paste on to every bite. This chili paste is the bomb. If you order to go you get a couple little tubs, if you dine in you get the squeeze bottle all to yourself and every single little bite gets covered in chili paste and magic happens and birds sing.

    Baklava is good and homemade, fries are tasty but probably not necessary when you're cramming your face with wrap. Everything is crazy cheap. My boyfriend and I can have a more than filling dinner for under $15 here. That's $15 total for the both of us. Yes.

    What's important to note here is that while the food is served up fast, and this is just a little hole in the wall type place, nothing about this place is fast food or commercial. This is not some sort of shwarma grill chain. This is fresh, authentic and delicious served by the same friendly dedicated staff everyday.

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/1/2015

    Taste of Lebanon is an absolute treasure. I'm sure everyone has talked about the ridiculously low prices, but really, if you're a broke ass mother like I am, a filling falafel & baba ghanoush sandwich for $3.79 is a big deal, especially as Andersonville gets bourgier and costlier.
    It's also just a great sandwich, at least as good as the more expensive ones you can get at fast casual falafel chain like I Dream of Falafel and Roti. The fattoush salad (which has crunchy pita chips in it) is also brilliant and highly recommended. The fries are solid and $1.79 easily buys enough for two or three, though that certainly didn't stop me from having to force myself not to finish them all by myself.
    This place better not get pushed out of A-ville in favor of another bulls**t $12 burger joint. The world needs more glorious, friendly hole-in-the-walls like this.

  • 5.0 star rating
    4/1/2015
    1 check-in

    This is a great spot for fast and cheap Lebanese food. Our order came out minutes after our order, and it was well proportioned and tasty.

    I appreciated the several vegetarian options.

    The most expensive thing on the menu is $7.50, most are between $3-$5.

    There are no restrooms, but as a nice bonus, they have a sink to wash your hands before and after you eat.

  • 4.0 star rating
    12/20/2014
    1 check-in

    This is definitely a hidden gem.  We stopped by for the first time for a quick lunch and LUV it!!  It is somewhat a humble little restaurant that serves super affordable and delicious food.  I enjoyed their Beef Shawarma Wrap.  

    They received Hidden Gem Award in Andersonville Honor Gala 2014.  Well Deserved!!  Give them a try!!

  • 5.0 star rating
    9/7/2015

    Best swarma in the whole city. The lentil soup is amazing. Let be real this place is great across the board hands down the best. Cash only and quick.

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/28/2015

    Great authentic flavors! If you have limited lunch hour, this is your spot. Hot and fresh meal ready in less than five minutes. The wraps are $3.99. I'm also a fan of the lentil soup. Give this place a try, you won't be sorry.

  • 5.0 star rating
    9/24/2014
    4 check-ins
    Listed in Andersonville

    This place is quite small but it has a pretty damn good chicken schwarma wrap!

    Walking past this place without walking in should be a crime as the smell just hits you right in the nose...nothing but deliciousness!

    Food is very inexpensive as my wrap was about $3.99...most expensive thing I saw was a delicious looking vegetable platter for around $6.99. They even have a sign up from saying they were one of the best places for cheap eats. There is a TV that normally plays a sporting event.

    Cash only here so make sure you hit up an ATM before entering. They close @ 8PM every day so plan accordingly.

  • 2.0 star rating
    5/25/2015
    1 check-in

    I'm not sure I understand all these stellar ratings.  I tried the supposedly fabulous lentil soup... and it was alright.  The flavors seemed a little muted, and I prefer my own version(s).

    My partner got the falafel wrap and fries and said there wasn't much falafel in the sandwich, and the fries were only OK.

    The place is really cheap, fast, and friendly, so they do have that going for them... but I prioritize tasty food over all of those points.  I'd be willing to come back and try other things on the menu, but honestly that's not likely to happen with Middle East Bakery right across the street.

  • 5.0 star rating
    6/2/2015
    1 check-in

    Chicken shawarma's, Falafel's, and hummus soup is worth a five star dinner. You won't be sorry. The authentic flavors and small sweet spot. Great for a first date or just to hang out with good company!

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/24/2015

    Money vs. value, this place is 5 star. Nothing too fancy on the inside. Cash only, order at the counter. Food is fantastic and plentiful, and prices are so friendly. This a go-to spot when you want Mediterranean food now! Not open Sunday.

  • 5.0 star rating
    4/17/2015

    If I was dying tomorrow, I would eat here as my last meal. I find myself daydreaming often about their falafel wraps and lentil soup. When I'm at the store and they ask if I want cash back I say YES just so that I can go to Taste of Lebanon. This is how much I lurve them.
    Their prices were recently raised but it doesn't really matter... The employees are always friendly and they are quick! I turned my fiancé on to this place too. I can't wait til my next visit!

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/22/2015

    Every year I write Bon Appétit and submit a request (no, more accurately it could be described as a plea) to find out the recipe for the lentil soup. Here's the backstory. . . For a few sad years of my life, I lived in the southwest where I woefully could not access the deliciousness of Taste of Lebanon's lentil soup and spent time in my New Mexico kitchen trying to recreate that magic. However, like trying your hand at alchemy there is nothing like the real thing. If you are in Chicago, go here and find the lentil gold for yourself.

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/25/2015
    1 check-in

    This place is good, especially for the prices, but nothing mind blowing on my visit. The lentil soup, schwarma wraps, fries and baklava were all good but far from fine dining. This place seems like it would be a great alternative to chain fast food but still more of a takeout or after bar type establishment. Next time I'll try the falafel, hummus and babba.

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/16/2015

    Wow I do not know how else to put it, but you can not find better food at cheaper prices anywhere! I got the number 1 vegetarian special and also the lentil soup. Both items were delicious and my girlfriend got the chicken salad which she devoured. I will be stopping by this place whenever I'm in the area. Great service and atmosphere!

  • 4.0 star rating
    5/18/2015

    Since moving out of Andersonville, there is plenty I miss about the neighborhood. At the top of that list is Taste of Lebanon. Owned and operated by a local family, this place is as authentic as it gets.

    The ambiance leaves little to be desired, but that's also part of its charm. It's all about cheap, tasty Mediterranean fare at a fair price.

    Try the stuffed grape leaves, chicken shawarma wrap, and fatoush salad. They are exquisite and what keeps me coming back every so often. This place is the only place worth eating in Andersonville.

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/29/2015

    Among the best falafel I've had in Chicago. Fast, friendly and inexpensive.   First time here, but I'll be back.

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/30/2015

    The LEGENDARY Taste of Lebanon.

    LENTIL SOUP. ANY WRAP. A CAN OF SODA. It doesn't get much better.

    I love the guy at the register too. Super nice and he also turned me on to getting the wraps with sport peppers on the side (pro tip).

  • 5.0 star rating
    3/22/2015

    *CASH ONLY*

    This place is amazing. You can eat like a champion for under $10, and I usually spend under $4.

    The lentil soup is the best I've ever tasted, and a hefty bowl served with pita is only $2.59. Beef shawarma wrap is my other fave (not the best on earth, but really delicious), and under four bucks. The vegetarian platters offer a huge spread of food, and are yum.  Baklava isn't bad. My friends also tell me the falafel is great, but I haven't tried it yet.

    This place does't have an enormous selection or fancy atmosphere, but it's fantastic and every time I've been I had a pleasant experience.

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/28/2014
    1 check-in

    Some locals recommended that I left the main drag of this area and check out some of the Lebanese shops--there's a small pastry shop and grocery store, some restaurants, and Taste of Lebanon.

    Small and simple establishment with some mighty fine falafel wraps. I got mine with baba ghanoush. Highly recommended if you're in the area. Then go across the street and get some maamoul.

  • 5.0 star rating
    6/8/2015

    My favorite chicken shawarma in the city. Always excellent service and a smile from the gentleman at the counter.

  • 4.0 star rating
    12/23/2014

    The winners here are the lentil soup and baklava. I could consume 10 bowls of that ish. It reminded me of Indian daal curry, but much milder. Everything was so cheap - chicken shawarma and lamb kabob were $3.99 each, although I didn't find anything amazing about them. If I'm the area I would definitely grab the soup and baklava again.

  • 4.0 star rating
    6/23/2014

    Taste of Lebanon doesn't look like very much on the outside, or the inside.  They close at 8, and the menu is very limited.  

    However.  

    The food they serve is unbelievably good.  You go in and order, and in a couple minutes you have your fresh, awesome, inexpensive food.  The lentil soup is great and very well seasoned.  The falafel has great consistency on the inside (I don't like it when they get too finely ground) and the outside is deliciously crunchy.  The wraps are great, and I recommend the lamb.  Overall, this is a simple and straightforward menu done really, really well.

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/3/2015

    I drive for lyft part time and whenever I need something good and tasty, I call them up to let them know that I'm picking up and it's always ready. Except the other day when I tool too long... They made me a fresh sandwich so it wasn't cold, and it was done in a flash. Tried their lentil soup for the first time and it was great! These guys rock!

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/6/2015

    This place is amazing! Great food, and great prices! Try the Fattoush Salad and the lentil soup! So good!!!

  • 5.0 star rating
    1/5/2015
    1 check-in

    Best Lentil soup NA! ;)

  • 2.0 star rating
    11/1/2014

    I wasn't blown away by Taste of Lebanon, especially after seeing all the five-star reviews! I like hummus with tahini-tinged bite, but Taste of Lebanon's tasted of chickpea, plain and simple; the pita on the side was thin and tough. And while my steak schwarma wrap was filling and affordable, I found the steak itself dry and relatively flavorless. In other words: Meh, I've experienced better.

  • 5.0 star rating
    12/14/2014

    Do yourself a favor. No really...its the holiday season and you have been doing things for other people. So in the words of Tom Haverford...TREAT YO'SELF!

    And here is how you do it. You go to Taste of Lebanon. You get yourself some lentil fucking soup. Get some mother fucking french fries. You dip those french fries in that fucking soup. You also get yourself a Dr. Pepper. Thats right they have fucking Dr. Pepper. Ain't nobody in Chicago got fucking Dr. Pepper. You eat all this shit and you have a great fucking meal.

    If you're feeling fancy (which face it you are because its the MOTHA-FUCKING-HOLIDAYS!!!) you get some baklava. SHIT IS GOOD.

    But no really...this place is the best thing about Andersonville. Its cheap (but not because it is low quality but because it realizes that an inflated price doesn't mean you are good. it just means that you probably won't be around in two years because no one goes to your spot more than once). It is fast. But most importantly because the lentil soup is seriously the best in the city.

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/2/2014

    When you're looking to stretch your wallet a little further before payday comes without having to resort to instant ramen within the four walls of your apt, this is definitely the spot. More than 1/2 of the menu is under 5 bucks. The combo platters can fill you up to I-can't-eat-one-more-bite belly (under 7 bucks), and if you need something for multitasking on the commute, check out the wraps.

    Nothing advertises this place for more than it really is. Very straightforward. Which you probably can't even say for some of your Tinder hookups. It's no frills, stop in and go, cash only.