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Chicago's first Kurdish restaurant is serving recipes inspired by the Middle Eastern food the founders grew up eating in their mothers' kitchens. Similar to the cuisines of Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran, Kurdish food à la Gundis has a Mediterranean touch and emphasizes spice, grease, and bread, aka things that make food taste better. Lamb and eggplant dominates here, and while there are familiar meze plates and kebabs, don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone with sac tawa, a traditional Kurdish stir fry made with your choice of beef or lamb. Sweets like baklava and cookies topped with pistachios make a strong case for dessert.

The Gundis Kurdish Kitchen Chicago
Chicago

Gundis Kurdish Kitchen

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Chicago's first Kurdish restaurant is serving recipes inspired by the Middle Eastern food the founders grew up eating in their mothers' kitchens. Similar to the cuisines of Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran, Kurdish food à la Gundis has a Mediterranean touch and emphasizes spice, grease, and bread, aka things that make food taste better. Lamb and eggplant dominates here, and while there are familiar meze plates and kebabs, don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone with sac tawa, a traditional Kurdish stir fry made with your choice of beef or lamb. Sweets like baklava and cookies topped with pistachios make a strong case for dessert.