We prepare our food fresh daily with the healthy diet in mind. Nothing is frozen. All our food is prepared very light. Our meats are marinated for many hours with special sauces. The menu includes inexpensive appetizers, lunch, and meat & vegetarian dinner specials -- $4 to $14. For an extra treat browse our beverages and desserts.
We offer quick take-out, eat-in, and delivery.To learn more about our food, visit our Middle Eastern Cuisine page and our Location & Reviews page.
"Grape leaves has delicious middle eastern food. The atmosphere is small and cozy.
The combination plate is amazing, it comes with hummus, falafel, and babaganoush."
"This small restaurant has delicious food. They have great falafel, salad and shish kebab.
Well actually, I love everything there."
"This restaurant is a real find south of the Green Line in Oak Park. I can honestly say
I have never had a bad entree from here. You can dine in, but get there early."
"This is a great authentic middle eastern restaurant! Its very reasonably priced and
I like that its out of the main street and out of downtown, so there's usually never a wait."
Within steps of stately Victorian mansions and the quaint charming shops of Oak Park's main drag, Grape Leaves Restaurant feels a world away with its authentic Middle Eastern cuisine. A block south of Lake Street, the tiny eatery has been serving northwest Chicago locals for 12 years with good food, low prices, quick take-out and dine-in seating for about 20. The décor is a little dated, with massive painted murals and numerous knickknacks, and the plastic-covered tables are tightly packed in the narrow dining room. But what Grape Leaves lacks in space, it more than makes up for in taste.
There's the expected offerings of hummus (rich and creamy), baba ghannouj (splendid blended eggplant) and falafel (unbeatable deep-fried chick pea patties), but there's nothing standard about these dishes here. They're fresh, filling and unprocessed, and they're a great alternative to a fast-food lunch when on the go.
Other lunch options include tender juicy chicken shawarma and, of course, kabobs of lamb, filet mignon, ground beef or veggies. With options ranging from $2.75 for salads to $4.95 for sandwiches, diners can afford to try a few things without breaking the bank.
Entrees include several chicken, lamb and beef dishes, in kabob or couscous fashion, or a seafood platter of crab, shrimp and clams for variety. The portions are hearty and range from $9.95 to $13.95.
"It's one of our favorites, we come a lot," said Oak Park resident Joanne Kinoy, recommending the vegetable kabobs. "Our kids are vegetarians, so this is an easy place to go."
And no Middle Eastern meal is complete without the obligatory baklava for dessert, an indulgence for the waistline but not the wallet at $2.50. Tasty low-priced Middle Eastern treats, followed by a walk through the surrounding historic neighborhood -- now that's a great recipe for any Chicago day!
by D.J. Siegel, Chicago Reporter for HelloMetro
Review by www.HelloChicago.com