In exploring Chicago's ethnic cuisines, we were unsure of where to start on Devon Avenue, with its multiple blocks of South Asian restaurants, markets, clothing, and other shops. We asked Pakistani co-workers for recommendations They said Sabri Nihari is THE place to go and try Pakistani food, saying that the only down-side of this restaurant is that it is usually packed. Nice decor. Staff are graciously helpful and attentive, taking the time to explain what some of the ingredients are, although the place was full of late-night diners, even on one of the coldest nights of the year. Chicken charga was dazzling, a classier version of Buffalo chicken wings - coated, deep-fried whole chicken, covered in a hot vinegary sauce.. order 35min ahead, arrives whole and wrapped in aluminum foil with a knife sticking out... best eaten immediately! Beef nehari was amazingly tender and its velvety sauce was a symphony of flavors. Vegetarian samosas had excellent flakiness. Frontier chicken had the right level of spice to make it exciting but not overwhelming. Faluda dessert was just right for a cool finish. Very generous portions and so we took home enough leftovers for another meal. Street parking is not too hard to find within a few blocks.
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