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Cedars Mediterranean Kitchen

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#1,549 of 8,080 Restaurants in Chicago
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PRICE RANGE
$30 - $30
CUISINES
Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Mediterranean, Greek
Special Diets
Vegan Options, Halal
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STARTERS​
4.99
chicken shawarma +2
lamb shawarma +2
roasted hummus
our original recipe of white garbanzos pureed with tahini, fresh lemon, and garlic. garnished with pine nuts and sumac and drizzled with olive oil.
4.99
grilled baba ghanooj
smoked, skinned eggplant, chopped with fresh parsley and mint, then blended with fresh lemon, garlic and tahini, and finally topped with extra-virgin olive oil.
4.50
crispy falafel
a mediterranean classic. garbanzos blended with fresh herbs, vegetables and imported mediterranean spices, then lightly fried to a crisp. 6 pieces served with a side of jerusalem salad..
6.50
kibbeh
a wheat shell stuffed with sauteed spiced lamb, onions and pine nuts. lightly fried to a crisp with a golden brown crust (2 pieces)
4.99
chunky-style foul modammas
crushed​ fava beans sauteed in extra-virgin olive oil with garlic and a mixture of chopped seasonal peppers, then drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil.
4.50
sauteed vegetables
lightly sauteed cauliflower and eggplant topped with cedars' tangy spicy garlic sauce.
5.99
three cheese flat bread
fresh dough topped with mozzarella, feta and ricotta cheeses, hearth baked in our stone oven.
5.99
spinach-garlic flat bread
fresh dough topped with mozzarella, spinach, bell peppers,fresh herbs and spices, hearth baked in our stone oven.
8.50
mediterranean grilled shrimp
a skewer of jumbo shrimp marinated in garlic, lemon and extra-virgin olive oil char-grilled to perfection.
6.50
tomato and sausage flat bread
fresh pita topped with minced lamb, tomatoes, onions, garlic, hearth baked in cedars' stone oven.
SANDWICH PITAS​
warm, fresh pita bread hearth baked, stuffed with your favorite filling.
all sandwiches come with fries and salad garnish.
5.99
falafel sandwich pita
garbanzos blended with fresh herbs, vegetables and imported mediterranean spices, then lightly fried to a crisp, and stuffed in fresh pita with tahini sauce. served with cedars' homestyle fries.
7.50
mediterranean grilled chicken
char-grilled chicken breast, marinated mediterranean style, topped with red onions, lettuce, and tomato, served in a pita. served with cedars' homestyle fries.
7.50
tandoori chicken sandwich pita
char-grilled chicken breast, marinated with spicy tandoori masala flavoring, and topped with red onions, lettuce, and tomato, served in a pita. served with cedars' homestyle fries.
7.50
shawarma (chicken or lamb-beef)
marinated​ chicken or lamb-beef, roasted on a skewer rotisserie and topped with tomatoes, onions, and tahini sauce, served in a pita. served with cedars' homestyle fries.
5.99
veggie-hummus sandwich pita
lightly sauteed eggplant, cauliflower and potato topped with cedars' tangy spicy sauce, tomatoes, onions and tahina sauce served in a pita. served with cedars' homestyle fries.
7.50
kefta kebob sandwich pita
char-grilled rolled lamb skewers topped with tomatoes, onions and tahina sauce served in a pita. served with cedars' homestyle fries.
ENTREES​
all entrees served with grilled vegetables and your choice of rice, potatoes, fries or more veggies! entrees also come with a choice of a cup of soup or side of mixed greens salad. you may also substitute the cup of lentil soup for a bowl of lentil soup (1.00 extra) or cup of soup of the day (.50 extra) or bowl of soup of the day (1.50 extra) or jerusalem salad (1.00 extra).
13.99
mashawi
lamb-beef and chicken shawirma, along with a skewer of kefta kebob.
16.50
combination kebob platter
a platter combining traditional meats. shish kebob, chicken kebob, and kefta kebob.
13.99
braised ribs and chicken
our pomegranate-braised short ribs combined with chicken tikka.
12.50
lamb-beef shawarma
spit-roasted lamb and beef on a rotisserie and sliced thin and served on a bed of onions
18.50
grilled lamb chops (kastalata)
grilled baby lamb chops marinated in lemon, garlic and fresh herbs and spices.
13.99
shish kebob
a mediterranean classic lamb filet center cuts marinated in lemon, garlic and fresh herbs and spices skewered with veggies and char-grilled.
9.99
pan-sauteed lamb (kallayah)
sauteed lamb immersed in a spicy tomato sauce, with onions and peppers served over rice.
9.99
shekriya
lamb chunks braised for hours in a garlic-yogurt stew and served with basmati rice.
12.99
tomato sauce +1
kefta kebob
char-grilled ground lamb blended with fresh herbs and spices then rolled on skewers with tomato.
SOUPS AND SALADS​
cup 2.75
bowl 3.75
cedars' signature lentil soup
mediterranean country lentil soup, served with warm, fresh pita hearth baked in cedars' stone oven.
cup 2.75
bowl 3.75
soup of the day
cedars' seasonal selection of cream or broth-based soups. served with warm, fresh pita hearth baked in cedars' stone oven.
5.99
tabouleh
a mediterranean classic. finely diced tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, mint, and parsley mixed with cracked wheat, fresh lemon and extra-virgin olive oil.
4.99
jerusalem salad
diced tomato, cucumber, and parsley tossed with a tahina and lemon dressing.
6.99
mediterranean salad (fattoush salad)
mixed greens with fresh vegetables and feta cheese topped with house-made vinaigrette.
7.50
chicken +2
shepard's salad
mixed greens, shredded cabbage, sweet dates, tomatoes,toasted almonds and goat cheese tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette.
7.50
chicken +2
chopped salad
crisp cucumbers, tomatoes, bleu cheese, pita chips and red onions tossed with mixed lettuce in our sweet white balsamic vinaigrette.
7.50
chicken +2
pear + gorgonzola salad
mixed greens with toasted almonds, diced bosc pears, raisins, and gorgonzola cheese, all tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette.
HEARTY TRADITIONAL MEALS​
10.99
lamb +2
chicken +2
ripe tomato cous cous
imported cous-cous, boiled and sauteed, with mediterranean spices, then topped with a ripe tomato, garbanzo, and onion-flavored sauce.
9.99
lamb +2
chicken +2
kushary
basmati rice tossed with caramelized onions and sauteed lentils. may be topped with tomato sauce or yogurt.
9.99
lamb +2
tagene
a medley of fresh vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots, eggplant, onions, and zucchini stewed in a thick, ripe tomato sauce. served with rice.
9.99
chicken +2
curry vegetables
a medley of vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots, eggplant, onions, and zucchini, stewed in a thick, spicy curry tomato sauce. served with rice.
DESSERTS​
3.75
honey-glazed baklava
crushed walnuts and cinnamon rolled in filo dough squares, with a glaze of honey throughout. served with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.
single piece available for take out. 1.99
4.99
warm apple crumble
made with granny smith apples, slow baked and served warm with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.
4.99
gourmet cheesecake
a creamy new york style gourmet cheesecake.
4.99
pineapple-cheese hareesa
a​ mediterranean classic. a semolina crust on top and bottom, with sweet pineapple and cheese in between. our most popular dessert!
2.99
hareesa
sweet honey cake with a semolina crust and topped with almonds.
4.50
homemade cinnamon rice pudding
fresh cinnamon sticks mixed into homemade rice pudding. served chilled.
4.99
decadent chocolate cake
a rich slice of double-layer chocolate cake.
8.99
cedars trio!
three of our most popular desserts: honey-glazed baklava, pineapple-cheese hareesa, and cinnamon rice pudding.
FAMILY STYLE​
at cedars, we feature family style dining
our portions are large enough to share - so you get to taste more of a variety of food than you would if you were to order individually. just make your selections and enjoy!
available for parties of 4 or more only please!
four course meal including appetizers, salads, entrees, basmati rice, and desserts.
15.50 per person
appetizers
(choose three)
hummus
baba ghanooj
falafel
sauted vegetables
spinach-garlic flatbread
dolma
spicy chicken wings
three cheese flatbread
salads
(choose one)
mediterranean salad
shepard's salad
pear + gorgonzola salad
chopped salad
meat entrees
(choose two)
chicken kebob
kefta kebob
shish kebob
beef tenderloin kebob
lamb and beef shawirma
chicken shawirma
supplement +2.00 per person
char-grilled lamb chops
lemon garlic chicken
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Reviewed February 13, 2018

Good service, efficient people and great BYOB. We are regulars big time! My favorites are the special chicken wings, Swarma and Falafel. Fresh and just the right touch for spice. Liquor store is next door for convenience and easy parking in the lot- always parking...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank MellM_13
Reviewed January 10, 2018

I was surprised to find that two orders of pita bread accompanying our meals included bread with visible mold. The server seems non plussed

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank WGon52
Reviewed November 10, 2017

I had lemon/garlic chicken and it was so good! Be sure and have the “fries” . To me they were “chips. Whatever....delicious. There were a lot of people there when we left, so it is obviously popular with locals. (Plus, there’s parking!)

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank annpriv
Reviewed September 9, 2017

I think it is a good restaurant, the free whole wheat bread is very delicious. I do not think I took the right order so I did not enjoy the entry a lot. But I feel that the food overall there is great. The price...More

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank Yichuan D
Reviewed July 22, 2017

The place is deceptively simply furnished, and somewhat crowded into a strip mall sort of location in trendy Hyde Park (Boulevards and U of Chicago environs). However, the size of portions, the absolute explosion of flavors and spices belie the humble atmosphere. The waitstaff are...More

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank Mike M
Reviewed May 20, 2017 via mobile

We dug the cloth napkins & general vibe. Flavors of our dishes were just perfect. Daughter had the chicken shawirma and I had the vegetable tagene. The salad was a little weak (sad under ripe tomatoes), but the baklava was delish. I liked that we...More

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank WallymamaOhio
Reviewed May 15, 2017

Wanted to have a nice Mother's Day lunch with family, and our usual mid-East place was closed. Hence, a venture up-market to Cedars, which did not disappoint. We ordered two apps, soups & salads arrived, and we were well along to full by the time...More

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank HarryBGurnee_IL
Reviewed February 22, 2017

Great food, reasonable prices, consistent. Love the wings and swarma. Love to sample soups- Lentil, barley, lemon rice

Date of visit: February 2017
Thank MellM_13
Reviewed December 30, 2016

We ate here after visiting the Oriental Museum at the University of Chicago. It was close by (Hyde Park) and seemed to fit the theme of the day. We chose to do the family style dining, which was a wonderful option for the five of...More

Date of visit: December 2016
Thank joannamM8922WP
Reviewed December 25, 2016 via mobile

Had a class reunion recently. A large group meet here to have a feast and split the tab. We had a dozen dishes stacked with great food and a delightful time. Bill for each person was less than fifteen dollars. Great food. Great service. Great...More

Date of visit: November 2016
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