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June 11, 2007


Reza’s on Ontario

by gastronomicbypass

Location – 432 W. Ontario (Ontario, between Orleans and Kingsbury)

In one word – Standard
Food – When you’re looking for some quality standard Middle Eastern food, come to Reza’s. Expect nothing new or innovative, just predictable falafel, kabobs and baba ghanouj. Don’t get me wrong, I think that’s a plus at the place. I like to do the sampler plates when I am at Reza’s, it feels like I’m getting the “best of” plate (try Vegetable Sampler #4). You can also do a brunch buffet on the weekends for $19.95. I think you should only do this if you’re really hungry or want to have it all because generally portions at Reza’s are decently big.

Drink – This is not the place to go to for outstanding wines, but its selection will do. I’d advise trying the Persian coffee if you’re looking for an authentic drink.

Service – Every time I’m at Reza’s I have decently good service. The waitstaff isn’t looking to become a good friend, but they will serve you in a timely and polite manner.

Occasion – I like the location on Ontario because the space is giant. This allows you tons to look at if your dinner convo is lagging. I think you could come to Reza’s for pretty much any occasion. It’s not too formal for a casual dinner with friends, but at the same time, it’s not too casual for a date, meal with parents, etc. Note that there’s also some alfresco dining too (yah!).

Dress – Don’t get hung up on this if you’re at Reza’s. You’ll see walks of all kinds.

Cost – The most recent time I went we paid a little over $20 per person for lunch.

If you like, try… – Parthenon, Cedars of Lebanon

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. swan
    Jun 12 2007

    come on, reza’s is great. hit me up this summer, i’d love to try some more places in chicago.

    fyi, best in chicago:
    green zebra
    anyplace on argyle or that serves burritos

  2. Jun 12 2007

    Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy Reza’s. There is a lot of comfort in knowing that you’re going to get falafel and kabobs of great quality.

    I’ll review your other favorites sometime soon…



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