UPTOWN — Tik Tok Falafel, a new Middle Eastern restaurant, has opened at 4600 N. Magnolia Ave.
Khalid Jaber, 47, helps cook and manage the place for his son, owner Moe Jaber, who also owns a Middle Eastern restaurant in southwest suburban Orland Park, Shami Kabob and Grill.
Moe Jaber, 27, said he goes back and forth between kitchens. He has a culinary degree and recently spent about a year in his native Jerusalem honing his kitchen skills, he said.
He promised customers authentic tastes, and said he makes a mean falafel sandwich, among other menu items. The menu consists of Middle Eastern sandwiches, soups, salads and appetizers, ranging from about $5-$15.
"Everything we make is made in house. Everything is made fresh to order, and it's very healthy made by Mediterranean guidelines," said Moe Jaber.
DNAinfo Chicago tried a Chicken Shawarma sandwich and sampled the falafel — and both were delicious. Other first-time customers in the restaurant, which occupies the former Alma Pita, also gave restaurant staff rave reviews about the food.
Khalid Jaber said Wednesday, a week after the April 3 opening, that business is "so far, so good."
"We have gotten a lot of repeat customers, and we've only been open a week, so that's a good sign," he said.
Moe Jaber said Uptown "seems like a very nice neighborhood" and hopes that nearby Truman College will bring him a lot of business.