Oh, where to eat on Devon Ave?

Not Hema’s Kitchen. We learned that tonight for sure. I don’t get the hoopla about this place at all (see here and here.) Watery chana masala, dripping grease papadum and poori. And, those condiments that they always serve with the breads — one is sweet; one has cilantro in it. I don’t know their official names. Well, the former was the color of melted red crayons but tasted okay. The latter had almost no flavor at all. Service was friendly and inattentive. One couple got up and left after sitting there for at least twenty minutes without being waited on. Maybe everyone went south to open up their new Lincoln Park location. As my husband said on our way out, “That was a stinker.”

So, where do you head on Devon when you’re craving Indian food? Tiffin is good, but, I think, overpriced.

The Reader recommends only one restaurant in the Devon Ave area, Arya Bhavan, but it is soley vegetarian, and I do like the occasional chicken dish.

The best Indian food I’ve had of late is at Essence of India in Lincoln Square. I also appreciate the reliable standby Raj Darbar on Halsted. But, I love the vibe of Devon Avenue and would much prefer to find a favorite up there.

Any suggestions?

9 Comments so far

  1. K. (unregistered) on July 6th, 2005 @ 11:38 pm

    Honestly, I’ve never had a bad meal at Indian Garden. I feel like that’s not a good answer, because they’re sort of a “chain”, but the food is very good and very consistent.


  2. eatchicago (unregistered) on July 7th, 2005 @ 7:06 am

    Sabri Nehari, Khan BBQ, Hyderabad House, Bhabi’s Kitchen, Tahoora, Ambala Sweets, Mysore Woodlands, to name a few excellent choices.


  3. Lauren (unregistered) on July 7th, 2005 @ 8:36 am

    I actually love Hema’s, but have only gone there for lunch and that was just to pick up. Maybe the earlier part of the day offers some better service and food.

    I did get violently ill last time I ate there (lamb samosas), but I am still not sure if it was from there as my sister ate the same meal and was fine. Regardless, I was hurting badly and haven’t worked up the courage to go back yet. But, man, are those samosas GOOD.


  4. Heather (unregistered) on July 7th, 2005 @ 9:08 am

    I believe the official names for the sauces are “the red” and “the green”, at least that’s what my husband & I call them- they are usually tamarind chutney and coriander chutney, respectively. And though I don’t know of the best places downtown, the best place BY FAR in the south suburbs (actually, the ONLY place as far as I can tell, so good thing it’s excellent) is Taj Mahal in Orland Park- unbelievable Chicken Makhani and Baigan Bharta. Plus their red & green are the best!!


  5. Jim (unregistered) on July 7th, 2005 @ 9:28 am

    For years, my wife and I went to Tiffin. But the in past year the price of the buffet has gone up $4. And we’ve noticed a drop in the quality of food as well. We tend to go to Indian Garden now where the food is just as good.

    I think the ‘green’ is sometimes called mint chutney as well.


  6. dilip (unregistered) on July 7th, 2005 @ 10:04 am

    I’d recommend India House on Grand and Clark.

    The buffet for lunch is incredible.


  7. Dan (unregistered) on July 7th, 2005 @ 4:59 pm

    For authentic Pakistani cuisine, can you beat Italian Express just around to corner on Western? Probably.


  8. JenniferRoche (unregistered) on July 13th, 2005 @ 11:16 pm

    Wow, thanks everybody. Lots of new choices, and now I’ll know how to talk chutney.


  9. Jason Dolenga (unregistered) on October 10th, 2005 @ 11:23 am

    The food at Essence of India, referenced above, is good but way overpriced. I’m not sure what the going rate for Indian food is, but I can’t imagine that $3.95 for rice is a good deal anywhere. It’s impossible to have lunch for one for under $20 now that the buffet is gone.



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