I love Chickpea, or حمّص, a new Middle Eastern Restaurant on Chicago Avenue (just West of Damen). Fly ambiance, great lunch prices, fresh food, A Die Hard movie poster in Arabic, and a Genie pinball game.
The owner, Jerry Suqi, told Time Out Chicago in November, “I came from Palestine when I was two and went back when I was 14….I distinctly remember grocery-store signs for Coke and movie posters from Robocop and Rambo, all printed with Arabic text, and how that stuck out visually…so I’m re-creating that streetscape here.”
Check the pics. This joint is dope.
2018 W Chicago Ave between Damen and Hoyne Aves (773-384-9930). Bus: 50, 66 (24hrs), 70. Lunch, dinner. Average main course: $8.