Best New Restaurant: Naf Naf Grill

Joseph Diebold, Managing Editor

1629 Orrington Ave, 847-866-8470,

The concept seems so obvious you wonder why it didn’t exist before: “Mediterranean Chipotle.” But for fans of the Chicago-area chain, Naf Naf’s arrival on Orrington Avenue was long overdue. Like national chain Roti, Naf Naf offers a variety of pita, rice and grilled meat options, but it sets itself apart with its authenticity and nailing the little things, including the pleasant addition of pickles, a rare find among most Mediterranean restaurants. With a full meal (and some to take home) running you less than $10 and all the options you could ask for, Naf Naf stood out from a crowded field which included the swankier but pricier Found and Farmhouse and competitor Olive Mediterranean Grill.

— Joseph Diebold