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Hidden Gems: Al-Khaymeih

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Jun 16, 2008 3:28PM


There's no shortage of good Persian or Lebanese food in Albany park. Kedzie Avenue has Noon O' Kabob and the amazing Semiramis. Near the intersection of Kedzie and Lawrence sits Al-Khaymeih. This spacious restaurant offers the best of both dining worlds. Customers are treated to familiar Lebanese dishes served promptly by very attentive waiters who cleared out empty plates as soon as they saw them, kept the pita and hummous coming and uncorked our bottles of wine as we pulled them out (Al-Khaymeih is BYOB).

Entrées hover around the $12-15 range. I ordered a tender and perfectly seasoned chicken soltani, but what made me second guess my order was this perfectly charbroiled farouj. This Cornish hen dish was beautiful to look at and the bird was exquisitely marinated. The best surprise of all was the bill; for a party of ten it averaged to just under $20 per person, before tip. Management did not include a gratuity.

Al-Khaymeih is located at 4748 N. Kedzie.