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Chicago's 4 favorite spots to score falafel on the cheap

Chicago's 4 favorite spots to score falafel on the cheap
Sultan's Market | Photo: Angela S./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on June 03, 2020.

Craving falafel?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable falafel hot spots in Chicago, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to fulfill your urges.

1. Falafel & Grill

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Topping the list is Falafel & Grill. Located at 1317 N. Milwaukee Ave. (between Paulina Street and Hermitage Avenue.) in Wicker Park, the Middle Eastern spot, which offers falafel and more, is the highest-rated cheap falafel spot in Chicago, boasting 4.5 stars out of 475 reviews on Yelp. The menu also offers lentil soup and grape leaves.

2. Sultan's Market

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Next up is Wicker Park's Sultan's Market, situated at 2057 W. North Ave. (between Hoyne Avenue). With four stars out of 1,304 reviews on Yelp, the Middle Eastern and vegetarian spot, offering falafel and more, has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a low-priced option. Try the baklava.

The site has lots more information on Sultan's Market.

"Sultan's Market is a story of love, food and family," according to the history section of the business's Yelp profile. "Sultan's Market was founded in the early 1990s as a family-run local grocery store."

3. Naf Naf Grill

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The Loop's outpost of the well-known chain Naf Naf Grill, located at 326 N. Michigan Ave. (between Wacker Place and MacChesneyer Drive), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the cheap Middle Eastern spot, which offers falafel and salads, four stars out of 523 reviews. The spot promises to "fan the flame of your curiosity and be your guide to exploring the best flavors of the Middle East, with generous servings of our authentic, handmade dishes, like pillowy pita, crispy falafel, savory shawarma and our scratch-made signature sauces," according to the website.

Tyler L. noted, "I found the taste and seasoning of their food to be excellent and authentic. The portion sizes were also huge. The bowl was so large that I could barely finish it."

4. Oasis Fresh

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Oasis Fresh, a fast food and Middle Eastern spot that offers falafel and more in Lake View East, is another much-loved, affordable go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 53 Yelp reviews. Head over to 500 W. Diversey Parkway (between Hampden Court and Pine Grove Avenue) to see for yourself. The menu also features spinach pie.

The site can tell you a thing or two more about Oasis Fresh.

"Fresh Mediterranean fusion, falafel, shawarma, gyros and friendly staff!" it states on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties.

This story was created automatically using local business data, then reviewed and augmented by an editor. Click here for more about what we're doing. Got thoughts? Go here to share your feedback.