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Cafe Suron
October 19, 2004 | 4 Comments

Tucked away in an old hotel lobby in the northeast corner of the city, Cafe Suron serves Persian food that is worth a visit.

I was part of a group of four that visited Cafe Suron this weekend. We made reservations for Friday night, which was clearly unnecessary, as the restaurant was more than half-empty.

We ordered three appetizers from the impressively diverse menu. The highlight was the Kashke-Bademjan, a seasoned eggplant dip with caramelized onions. Rich, strong flavors. My initial reaction was, "I've never tasted anything like this before." Delicious.

The other two appetizers were a tasty stuffed eggplant and a roasted goat cheese in tomato sauce. Fresh flavor across the board.

The list of entrees is as equally diverse as the appetizers, but many of the items are similar. There are a handful of seafood options (tuna, tilapia, mahi mahi, scallops), vegetarian options, lamb, chicken ,beef, and even quail.

I ordered the grilled quail. I was served three seasoned and grilled quail along side a mound of dilled rice and grilled vegetables. The quail were delicious, but messy. Well seasoned, crispy skin, and sweet meat. Perfectly cooked. As a reminder of my delicious meal, my fingers were stained from the seasoning for a whole day. Ask for extra napkins.

The atmosphere is casual and friendly, the prices are low, the service is attentive, it's BYOB, and not too crowded. Cafe Suron has a lot going for it. It's a hidden, seemingly unkown gem that's worth a visit.

One bit of warning: They do not accept credit cards. Parking can be difficult in the area, but their website says valet is available (which I did not see when I was there).

Check out Cafe Suron at 1146 W Pratt (east of Sheridan), (773) 465-6500, www.cafesuron.com.

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