Benjyehuda

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OK, we know what you’re thinking. What’s up with the name? As tough as it is to spell, the explanation behind it is actually quite simple. The owner’s name is Benji Rosen, and the inspiration to open up a street food-focused counter-service spot in Chicago came to him while he was while eating on Ben Yehuda Street, a pedestrian mall in Jerusalem, while traveling with his wife and business partner, Stacey. The pair opened Benjyehuda in the Loop about a year later. Though the menu leans Middle Eastern, offering fillings such as falafel and chicken and beef shawarma in a pita or a laffa bread wrap or on a bed of lettuce or rice, it also includes popular street food such as fries, offered here with Merkt's cheddar sauce, and churros. All entrees are customizable with toppings such as hummus, hot sauce, tahini, red cabbage and corn salad. The restaurant, which sports an loft-like look that incorporates industrial lighting and exposed brick, is designed for a quick lunch-time experience, with comfy high-backed booths and lots of stools (perfect for singletons) at counters along the walls.