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Barbari (CLOSED)

Restaurants, Persian Ukrainian Village

“I don’t believe in food having a nationality,” reads a note from Al Banifazl, the owner of this organic-leaning café, printed on the back of the menu. As such, the menu jumps from Neapolitan-style pizzas to Caesar salad to “Salad Olivia” made with hormone-free chicken breast. The common thread throughout many of the items is a Persian influence, which carries through in a sweet-tart pomegranate-beet soup served with housemade barbari, a traditional Iranian bread topped with black sesame seeds, and a standout sandwich of tender meatballs coated in a surprisingly not-cloying pomegranate-walnut glaze.


Venue name: Barbari (CLOSED)
Address: 2020 W Chicago Ave

Cross street: between Damen and Hoyne Aves
Opening hours: Lunch (Tue-Sat), dinner (Mon-Sat)
Transport: Bus: 50, 66.
Price: Average main course: $8
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