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Chicago's 4 best spots to score low-priced Mediterranean fare

Taza Cafe | Photo: Zach K./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on June 24, 2020.

Looking to satisfy your appetite for Mediterranean fare?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Mediterranean restaurants around Chicago, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to satisfy your cravings.

1. Windy City Gyros

photo: mike d./yelp

Topping the list is Windy City Gyros. Located at 3932 N. Broadway St. (between Clarendon Avenue and Dakin Street.) in Lakeview, the Greek and fast food spot is the highest-rated low-priced Mediterranean restaurant in Chicago, boasting four stars out of 229 reviews on Yelp. The menu features gyros and hot dogs.

Iliana G. noted, "We love this place! The food is so fresh and delicious, and the staff is very friendly."

2. Taza Cafe

photo: tim m./yelp

Next up is the Loop's Taza Cafe, situated at 176 N. Franklin St. (between Lake and Adams streets). With 4.5 stars out of 575 reviews on Yelp, the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean spot, offering sandwiches and more, has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a cheap option. The menu offers items like lentil soup and hummus.

3. Pi-Hi Cafe

photo: kyle d./yelp

Roscoe Village's Pi-Hi Cafe, located at 3539 N. Western Ave. (between Addison Street and Cornelia Avenue), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the inexpensive Mediterranean spot, which offers pizza and juices and smoothies, 4.5 stars out of 297 reviews. Look for paninis on the menu.

If you're curious for more, we found these details about Pi-Hi Cafe.

"Offering a healthy and tasty menu for your entire family," the business explains in the history section of its Yelp profile.

4. Cairo Kebab

photo: steve a./yelp

Cairo Kebab, a Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and halal spot in West De Paul, is another much-loved, affordable go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 280 Yelp reviews. Head over to 1524 W. Fullerton Ave. (between Bosworth and Greenview avenues) to see for yourself. The menu features sandwiches and desserts.

Furthermore, we found this about the business's signature items: "Located in Lincoln Park, Cairo Kebab offers an eclectic blend of cuisines from all around the Mediterranean, with authentic Egyptian dishes you won't find at other Middle Eastern restaurants," it writes on Yelp in the section about specialties. "Our food is freshly prepared daily, and we also offer a large selection of vegetarian and vegan options."

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