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GHAREEB NAWAZ RESTAURANT: 24 hour, late-night, Indian, Pakistani, Devon

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GHAREEB NAWAZ RESTAURANT: 24 hour, late-night, Indian, Pakistani, Devon

Ligament | Jun 21, 2003 01:19 PM

Hey all,

Was dying for some good pakistani food last night at 1:30am after finishing my year of medical internship :)

Drove to and fro on Devon looking for places, this one was open, looked ghetto and good.

I knew the place because a lot of my indo-pak doctor friends at St. Francis hospital get late night carry out from here when they are on call. None of them say this is outstanding food, but they appear to think it is average to above average.

Anyway, this joint is dirty and grimy, just the way I like it. Plenty of insects flying around inside and outside. More mosquitoes than I have seen since the west nile craze. I guess they all packed up and came here. Granted, most of them were OUTSIDE the joint attracted to the neon lights.

The place is was patronized by teenage muslim youth, families with kids, and some sort of FBI/CIA guy who was shooting his mouth off to his buddy about "kill this" "you'll get killed" that, "push the button" type shit that was just hilarious to listen to. Maybe he was talking to me?

The bathroom was one of the dirtiest I have been to. I had a pair of latex exam gloves in my pocket left over from the hospital that came in handy.

Food was good!

I got the achaar Gosht, Lamb Shank, and "chili chicken" along with some really good, moist chewy chapati bread. Served with raw onions and cilantro along with raita. This was a total of about $12.

The Lamb Shank was the standout, soft, tender, grilled in the tandoor it seems, marinated in spices. Fell apart and had a great gummy texture on the outside. I ate it with my hands and they got all sticky. Only $3. High quailty protein per dollar, for sure.

The Achaar Gosht, which is lamb cooked with onions, ginger, garlic, spices and tomatoes, was quite good also. Not the best I have had, but really satisfying especially at $3 bucks! It lacked the "charred tomato" taste that I so love in this dish. Perhaps I do not know what I am talking about. Maybe the dish should NOT have the "charred tomato" tasted. Let me know.

The Chili Chicken was also very good. A big bowl of chicken boneless chunks which looked like they had been prepared like tandoor chicken, with a more pungent bay leaf/chili sauce on it. very tender. $5.

Overall, I thought what a great meal at 1:30am. Lots of fun.

Then, per my usual fashion, I ordered almost everything on the menu to go. Have not touched the carry out order yet, will give an update later today.

I would recommend this joint for very very cheap indo-pak (mostly safe environment), and late night dining.

BTW, I hope the term "Indo-pak" is *relatively* PC. I really do not know and no offense intended.

All the best, Jason aka Ligament

Ghareeb Nawaz "joint"
2032 W. Devon
Chicago, ILL
773.761.5300

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