Zizi's Cafe

By Kristen Kuchar

The vibrant flavors at Zizi’s Café transport you 5,000 miles east to the Mediterranean—and the combo platter completes your journey with a survey course on the tastes and textures that make Turkish cuisine so captivating. Savor the deep and smoky taste of the eggplant salad alongside a silky humus, the couscous salad offering a light and refreshing contrast while the roasted bell and banana peppers in the ezme provide the perfect blend of sweet and spicy. Tender and flavorful meats—such as the lamb and chicken that slowly roast before your eyes—are prepared with care and authenticity, as Turkish owner Zizi would only have it.

the crowd

Hungry DePaul students, young couples picking up their food to go, health conscious vegetarians loving the meatless options, solo eaters looking for a quick bite, and Turkish speaking diners yearning for a taste from home all make up this quiet, satisfied crowd.

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happy piggy bank
Between hearty lunch specials starting at only $2.75, a no-corkage fee BYOB policy, and many options under $10 to choose from, Zizi’s Café is light on the wallet.

at your service
Owner Zizi welcomes each guest with a genuine smile and continues his attentiveness until they walk out the door. He remembers each returning guest, and he’s eager to help navigate first timers through the menu and offer suggestions. The cooks diligently fill orders in the open kitchen, so whether customers are dining in or picking up, their food is ready fast.



Sun–Thu 11 AM–10 PM; Fri–Sat 11 AM–11 PM

price range

$3.95 (falafel) to $14.95 (combo platter)