modern middle eastern fare in lincoln park  

A stone’s toss from the DePaul campus, among many college crowd-targeted establishments and a growing trendy food scene, Galit is a gem of a restaurant specializing in modern Israeli and miscellaneous Middle Eastern fare that attracts a hip and happening crowd. Relatively new to the Chicago dining scene, Galit opened in early 2019 and has since more than lived up to the hype.

The menu is playful and creative, riffing on Middle Eastern flavors borrowed from regional cuisines. Sharing is highly encouraged, though you may want to order some extra pitas to go around (hot out of the oven and extremely fluffy and addicting). The restaurant is accommodating to diners, taking care to write a menu that is easily digestible for people who may not be as well-versed in the cuisines while gently coaxing less adventurous eaters to try something different by rooting it in the familiar. Pair it with an extensive wine list and fun cocktails and it’s a home run.

the details

Address2429 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
Hours5 – 9pm Tuesday – Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday
Price$$ – most things are in the $10-20 range and most tables order ~1-2x plates a person for sharing
Aestheticwarm, modern and ever so mediterranean with an open kitchen (aka a perfect view of the pita making action)

good to know

Go here for: a sharable dinner and creative cocktails 

Order this: tehina hummus, mezze for the table, chicken thigh, halloumi

Amount of time to spend: 1-2 hours for a leisurely meal

When to come: if you forgot to make a reservation, better to come on the early side. 

Getting here: the restaurant is just a short walk from the Fullerton station (red, brown, purple)

Other things to note: 

  • They take reservations via Resy (highly recommended for Friday and Saturdays to avoid a wait).
  • Their menu is pretty pescatarian and vegetarian friendly, and they are accommodating of substitutions for dietary restrictions and allergies.

Last visited: August 2019

Last updated: October 2020

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