There’s nothing like a good set of balls, and the golden-fried orbs cooked to order—still glistening with the oil from the fryer—served here are topnotch. Gap-toothed owner Jawed is committed to the memory of his West Bank youth, and ensures that each of his fried jewels is packed with plenty of fragrant coriander and cumin, a dusting of tangy sumac, stuffed into a warm pita and tossed with crunchy cool Jerusalem salad drizzled with a rich creamy dose of tahini.
1445 West Taylor
2057 West North, (773)235-3072; 2521 North Clark, (312)638-9151
Best of Chicago 2007