- Mike Sula
- Turkish delight, the Nut House
I’ll say it again. The south suburbs are where it’s at for Middle Eastern food. Here’s another reason. Last August Moneer Shujaeih opened the Nut House in a strip-mall storefront across West 87th Street from the great Al Bawadi Grill in Bridgeview. Shujaeih is the scion of the founders of a small nut roaster and confectionery that opened in Amman, Jordan, in 1953, but quickly grew into a supplier of fine roasted nuts to luxury hotels across the Middle East.
The Bridgeview store is the company’s first U.S. outpost, and though it’s tiny, stepping through the doors is like beaming into a small corner of Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar. To the left: glass display cases sheltering pyramids of multicolored rolled and cubed lokum, or Turkish delight. To the right: a case loaded with all varieties of roasted and flavored seeds and nuts, everything from smoked watermelon seeds to Turkish hazelnuts. In the back there are shelves of the store’s proprietary chocolate brand, Amore, and a coffee roaster turning over Turkish beans.