The summer is almost here and its time to think about those bathing suits and shorts. It also means that meals should be lighter and healthier. Lucky for me, we found a place right in the heart of Lakeview , home of hip and cool. Mediterranean food is full of flavor and color, just like the region. But along with the Mediterrananean food, food is served the way you want it. That’s why one of our favorite new places is “I Dream of Falafel.” Owner Hassan Naseem told me recently that the reason for the name was to give it a hip, cool feel. The name to me conjured up images of Barbara Eden in her harem costume munching on these delights of the Middle East. This is a relatively new concept because at the time there was not that many Mediterranean food places in existence. The first IDOF restaurant was started about five years ago at the base of the Sears Tower. Today there are four restaurants in the city, and one in the burbs. We got a taste of”Falafel” at the Belmont location today, and talk about tasty.
Everything at IDOF is homemade and fresh. This also reads true for the pita chips and potato chips . No commercial packaged chips here. There is plenty of yummy things to dip them in to as well. Our personal favorite was the zesty garlic sauce .Like so many places , they made a claim to hot sauce. I found it to be spicy with a kick , but no running to grab a glass of water . There is plenty to drink , but what we chose was from a special Pepsi fountain machine similiar to the Coke Experience. This is indeed special because it is the only one of its kind in Chicago and IDOF was given clearance by PepsiCo. My favorite was Diet Pepsi with Strawberry flavor.
All dishes at IDOF are built from the ground up. Diners can choose their entree and what they want in it. The meat is lean and filled with flavor and the falafels are also fresh. Hummus also is made right in the restaurant, you can choose regular or the spicier red pepper hummus.Love the couscous with the spices and cranberries. It isn’t your typical veggies for the entrees as well. Diners can choose tasty toppings like tabouli , tzatziki salad, greek olives, rice, and my favorite the chickpea / quinoa salad. Spices wake up the taste buds. If you don’t feel adventurous , don’t fret because they have chef inspired dishes that have the same goodies as the other entrees. So whether you order a wrap, salad plate, or just order one of the other dishes, you will experience a taste explosion that allows the spices to be more pronounced than our plain old American food. Top off the dinner with the best baklava outside of Greektown. Guaranteed that you won’t go away hungry, but you also will go away with a feeling that you have done something good for your body. And that will definitely look good on you.
You can also order online or visit one of the many locations .