Head over to the Northwest Side
to partake in the sights, smells and tastes of Morocco, specifically the Northern Moroccan city of Fez, at this cafe just a short walk from the Irving Park Blue Line
stop. Maybe you won't buy into that whole "you'll forget youre still in Chicago" sentiment, but if you're looking for cuisine specific to Morocco, look no further than this small BYOB.
Start sampling with an appetizer: Order hummus for the standard Mediterranean affair, but for the adventurer in exotic cuisine, there's a bounty of options like zaalouk (roasted eggplant served in tomato sauce) or briwats (Moroccan-style egg rolls stuffed with shrimp). Of course, any restaurant based out of the Maghreb is going to serve couscous, and Shokran offers six varieties, from lamb to chicken to merguez a Moroccan-style sausage stuffed with lamb and ground beef. Aside from the couscous and the grilled selections, Shokrans entrees are mostly served as tagine, a stew made with marinated meat, African spices and served in a traditional pot. Still not tempted? Try one of Shokran's tender, juicy kebabs.
While the cuisine is obviously authentic Moroccan, the interior decorations strives for authenticity with the occasional ornate design on the wood paneling or on the sheets covering the ceiling. For a particularly comfy seating arrangement, try to snatch the booth near the window, where you'll be tucked right next to the table with a couple of dainty pillows.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Andy Seifert