Mr. D’s Shish-Kabobs
6656 West Diversey Avenue, Chicago, IL 60707-2219 (Google Maps)
I really love Chicago food. I’ve traveled a bit in in my rather short life, but have yet to find a another city this varied in dining options. I’m known for moving between apartments after my leases end, and every time I do, I stumble upon new restaurants to tickle my fat-kid pallet. Now having lived in the neighborhood of Mont Claire for over a year, I still come across restaurants I have yet to walk into, let alone dine in. Mr. D’s Shish-Kabobs just so happens to be one of these unexplored locations. Well, after having two weeks left before I move into a new neighborhood, I decided to finally step into Mr. D’s, and I regret never giving this place a chance for this long. Curse you delicious food!
Nothing ventured, nothing gained
So I mustered the courage to walk into Mr D’s and am immediately glared by a middle-aged woman and a younger man behind the counter. I take a glance at the menu nailed on the wall and notice that nothing but standard items being listed. Burgers, hot dogs, fries, and other meals I didn’t bother to retain into memory. I suppose I expected to run into a plethora of Persian food, or to be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was just baffled to see basic items on the menu. Then, my eyes finally came across it, “Kabob!” The only unique item on the menu, and the only meal that allowed the place to have it’s somewhat misleading name. After ordering, I have a seat and start to take the place in. The establishment itself doesn’t seem to attract a crowd from what I can tell. While the food was being prepared, just one other person casually walked in to also pick up a kabob. After the younger guy finished cooking up the meal, with a stoic expression, he hands me the food, I pay (it’s cash only place in case you were wondering), and take a seat.
All sandwiches include an order of fries, and Mr. D’s actually give a really generous portion (not as ridiculous as a Five Guys portion, but a good amount). The fries are actually really good. They don’t stand out, and they aren’t made in some unique way, but they are fried and salted well (and that’s not something that cant be said about a lot of places). Now the kabob on the other hand is a sight to see. I didn’t get a chance to look at the meat itself before it was cooked, but we’ll just say it was made from some cow part. The meat is accompanied by these awesome white onion chunks in between, tomatoes and lemon chunks on top, all incased in bread, and ready for feasting… Mwah ha ha!
To put it bluntly, the kabob was amazing! The meat was not overcooked and the bread was soft but never elastic. The tomatoes and lemon complimented everything well (and I don’t even like tomatoes). I have not eaten that many kabobs in my life and the most memorable of the one’s I have ever eaten have been from Iraq (which I’ll unfortunately never be able to eat again for the rest of my life as I don’t plan on returning there), that being said, this kabob was good. I will admit that there were a few bites from the food that had me taste more of the char and less of the actual meat at times., I dont know if this is normal, but the grill taste was a bit distracting and it probably comes from my inexperience with kabobs. Either way those few bites were not as enjoyable.
Overall, the place is a dive. It doesn’t seem well kept, and it doesn’t need to be. It’s simple, it’s good, and well worth visiting again in the near future. If you find yourself in the North-western outskirts of Chicago, you absolutely need to check this place out.
Until then, stay hungry my friends.
- Haru Locke