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  • Post #91 - November 20th, 2016, 6:02 pm
    Post #91 - November 20th, 2016, 6:02 pm Post #91 - November 20th, 2016, 6:02 pm
    GN Devon: really the best biryani I've had in ages last night, with achar and raita on the side, a very cold lassi, and an ideally scorched made-to-order naan. The biryani was the mix - chicken and lamb, in little succulent knots within the fragrant al dente basmati. As previous posts will indicate I have bad luck hitting the right "on" hour (or day / prep cycle), but at its peak this is as strong as it gets, and still for a pittance.
  • Post #92 - November 20th, 2016, 10:43 pm
    Post #92 - November 20th, 2016, 10:43 pm Post #92 - November 20th, 2016, 10:43 pm
    Santander wrote:GN Devon: really the best biryani I've had in ages last night, with achar and raita on the side, a very cold lassi, and an ideally scorched made-to-order naan. The biryani was the mix - chicken and lamb, in little succulent knots within the fragrant al dente basmati. As previous posts will indicate I have bad luck hitting the right "on" hour (or day / prep cycle), but at its peak this is as strong as it gets, and still for a pittance.


    Agreed. It's probably the least consistent dish at one of the least consistent restaurants, but when it's "on" it is one of the best around.
    Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

    -Mark Twain
  • Post #93 - March 8th, 2018, 10:44 pm
    Post #93 - March 8th, 2018, 10:44 pm Post #93 - March 8th, 2018, 10:44 pm
    After years of "I really gotta get there," finally hitting up the Ghareeb Nawaz tomorrow night and I'm hoping for some guidance to avoid the land mines on the menu. From the looks of the thread, the essentials are chili chicken, parathas, palak gosht, and some sort of biryani. Is there any other required dish on the first go? What are the things to avoid at all costs (got it on the gyros tip)? How many dishes would be a hefty meal for four?

    Thanks in advance!
  • Post #94 - March 9th, 2018, 11:30 am
    Post #94 - March 9th, 2018, 11:30 am Post #94 - March 9th, 2018, 11:30 am
    For the prices, not too many landmines. Consistency CAN BE an issue among all of their dishes, but for the price, don't be worried too much about trying anything. I would order one naan at first, and then order more if you like them. If you're doing takeout, sure, order a few naans, but keep in mind, that their other breads are usually MUCH better. I do not order naan from there any more. I wouldn't order the gyros, either.

    Once you understand that some of the stuff is gonna be great, and some of it is not, but all of it will be DIRT CHEAP, you'll probably learn to love GN.

    As for heftiness? If you do NOT want leftovers...Damn. Tough Question!
    I always just order anything that strikes my fancy to try, sorry.
    For four ppl with appetites...

    One meat biryani...maybe two if you want lots of rice.
    Two veggie dishes
    One pulse dish - probably chana masala
    Two meat (gravy) dishes (don't be surprised if these are not overflowing with meat for the price)
    Chili Chicken
    Four paratha and one naan (more naan if you try theirs and like them)
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #95 - May 11th, 2018, 8:58 am
    Post #95 - May 11th, 2018, 8:58 am Post #95 - May 11th, 2018, 8:58 am
    I'm up and down with Ghareeb Nawaz, decades of patronage have yielded stretches of obsession and years of neglect. Currently on an up phase, three tasty meals in the last month.

    For those who have not been in a while, G N is brighter, cleaner, more comfortable (in relative terms) and there seems consistency /care in whats on the plate. Prices remain absurdly low.

    GNLTH1.jpg Bindi ghost, dal, paratha = lunch.

    Ghareeb Nawaz, Count me a Fan!

    Ghareeb Nawaz
    2032 W Devon Ave,
    Chicago, IL 60659
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #96 - May 11th, 2018, 5:21 pm
    Post #96 - May 11th, 2018, 5:21 pm Post #96 - May 11th, 2018, 5:21 pm
    Ghareeb Nawaz Halwa puri. Breakfast, 9am, twodaysinarow. $3.66

    GNLTH4.jpg Halwa puri
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #97 - May 11th, 2018, 6:13 pm
    Post #97 - May 11th, 2018, 6:13 pm Post #97 - May 11th, 2018, 6:13 pm
    Remember that even on its worst day, Ghareeb Nawaz is still 2/3 of a GNR. :)

    =R=
    There's a horse loose in a hospital -- JM

    I am not interested in how I would evaluate the Springbank in a blind tasting. Every spirit has its story, and I include it in my evaluation, just as I do with human beings. --Thad Vogler

    I'll be the tastiest pork cutlet bowl ever --Yuri Katsuki

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #98 - May 21st, 2018, 7:54 am
    Post #98 - May 21st, 2018, 7:54 am Post #98 - May 21st, 2018, 7:54 am
    I've been on, as Trixi-Pea called it on my Instagram feed, Ghareeb* streak!

    5-times in as many weeks, counting a few recent tip-top meals at Pakeeza, I'm definitely on an IndoPak streak.

    GNLTH6.jpg Vegi Thali, $4.58 of pure tasty.


    Ghareeb Nawaz, Count me a Fan!

    *2032 W Devon Ave
    Chicago, IL 60659
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #99 - May 23rd, 2018, 4:14 pm
    Post #99 - May 23rd, 2018, 4:14 pm Post #99 - May 23rd, 2018, 4:14 pm
    Ghareeb Nawaz, lunch for 4 for 2.

    GNLTH7.jpg Green chili chicken biryani, channa masala, bhindi gosht and dal palak.
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #100 - May 25th, 2018, 10:28 am
    Post #100 - May 25th, 2018, 10:28 am Post #100 - May 25th, 2018, 10:28 am
    Glad to hear that they have updated the place without raising prices. One of our favorite spots but the decor was a turn off for our kids.
    What disease did cured ham actually have?
  • Post #101 - May 25th, 2018, 8:37 pm
    Post #101 - May 25th, 2018, 8:37 pm Post #101 - May 25th, 2018, 8:37 pm
    The struggle is real, Ghareeb addiction . . .

    GNLTH8.jpg Ghareeb addiction. Halwa puri, chana masala.
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #102 - May 26th, 2018, 6:42 pm
    Post #102 - May 26th, 2018, 6:42 pm Post #102 - May 26th, 2018, 6:42 pm
    GNLTH9.jpg I need a Ghareeb Nawaz 12-step program. Halwa puri, bhindi, chapati.
    .
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #103 - May 27th, 2018, 11:55 pm
    Post #103 - May 27th, 2018, 11:55 pm Post #103 - May 27th, 2018, 11:55 pm
    Damn, G Wiv on a serious roll here
  • Post #104 - June 23rd, 2018, 3:02 pm
    Post #104 - June 23rd, 2018, 3:02 pm Post #104 - June 23rd, 2018, 3:02 pm
    A quick shout out to Ghhareeb Nawaz (SOUTH.)

    Ordered 45.00 worth o stuff, and not really one disappointment.
    Butter Chicken
    BUTTER BEEF!
    BUTTER Paneer
    Ok, I over makhani'd, I admit, BUT it wasn't my fault. I assumed the Butter Paneer was a typo, and they'd have peas in it, too, AND ALSO, once I saw Butter Beef on the menu, I just had to. I think they'd hit their makhani stride at GN South. It was all the same makhani curry, but it was decent - not lackluster. Certainly not the bestest ever, but much better than their past offerings. I'm guessing it's from a giant food service masala, but, I would definitely be happy to order any butter dish here every time, if this is their new standard. The Butter Beef, btw, was stringy stew meat. Not stringy in a BAD way. It was just long threads of stewed beef. The beef was great, stewed right - long and slow, and then plopped into the butter curry.

    Palak Paneer - Awesome, not too soupy, and HOT (spicy) YAAAY. Well flavored, It "popped."

    Dal - What is going on here? The dal was fantastically done, and HOT! (Spicy.) Again, the flavor was popping - nice and bright, and it wasn't soupy, OR a sludge of overcooked pulses.

    Green Chili Chicken Biryani - fantastic as well, and again...HOT! (Spicy.)

    Also rocked a Chicken Boti Paratha which was great.. Chicken was nice and spicy.
    I was not only surprised by the popping flavors in every dish, but also, somone finally brought the heat, too! Surprisingly spicy this go-round. I loved it!
    I shied away from their naan, as I often do - I've never liked theirs, but the paratha and chapati are either a buck or 75 c each, so I load up on those instead.

    Don't sleep on this place if you're nearby, and lookin for a taste of Devon on the cheap!
    Roosevelt and Halsted, SW corner, set way back off the street.
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #105 - June 23rd, 2018, 8:47 pm
    Post #105 - June 23rd, 2018, 8:47 pm Post #105 - June 23rd, 2018, 8:47 pm
    seebee wrote:. I assumed the Butter Paneer was a typo, and they'd have peas in it, too.

    Whatever happened to banner quotes?
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #106 - June 23rd, 2018, 8:49 pm
    Post #106 - June 23rd, 2018, 8:49 pm Post #106 - June 23rd, 2018, 8:49 pm
    JoelF wrote:Whatever happened to banner quotes?

    They're still there, as always but not on the mobile version.

    =R=
    There's a horse loose in a hospital -- JM

    I am not interested in how I would evaluate the Springbank in a blind tasting. Every spirit has its story, and I include it in my evaluation, just as I do with human beings. --Thad Vogler

    I'll be the tastiest pork cutlet bowl ever --Yuri Katsuki

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #107 - June 24th, 2018, 8:57 am
    Post #107 - June 24th, 2018, 8:57 am Post #107 - June 24th, 2018, 8:57 am
    seebee wrote:A quick shout out to Ghhareeb Nawaz (SOUTH.)

    Ordered 45.00 worth o stuff, and not really one disappointment.
    Holy Houston Chronicle $45 at Ghareeb is a sh*t ton of food, impressive!
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #108 - June 24th, 2018, 9:38 am
    Post #108 - June 24th, 2018, 9:38 am Post #108 - June 24th, 2018, 9:38 am
    Exactly. 45.00 IS a lot. I'm usually prepared for one or two clunkers to throw away per order, but this time, everything was great.
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #109 - June 25th, 2018, 2:30 pm
    Post #109 - June 25th, 2018, 2:30 pm Post #109 - June 25th, 2018, 2:30 pm
    seebee wrote:I shied away from their naan, as I often do - I've never liked theirs, but the paratha and chapati are either a buck or 75 c each, so I load up on those instead.


    I love their paratha. It's still cheap at its current price, but I do miss their old pricing (at least the Devon location) where paratha were just $0.50 when ordered with an entree.

    And agreed with others--$45 buys a shit ton of food at GN. I used to get about $25 worth during grad school to have lunch and dinner for the whole week during finals.
  • Post #110 - June 27th, 2018, 6:41 am
    Post #110 - June 27th, 2018, 6:41 am Post #110 - June 27th, 2018, 6:41 am
    Behavioral wrote:And agreed with others--$45 buys a shit ton of food at GN. I used to get about $25 worth during grad school to have lunch and dinner for the whole week during finals.

    A bunch of years ago I took two younger cooks I worked with for a late night feast at Ghareeb N on Devon. We were slightly inebriated, them more so than me, and I went a little crazy with 3am ordering.

    $43 filled 12 linear feet of table space, an impressive display. Even youth and hunger, once again them not me :), did not make an appreciable dent.

    One of the fellows moved out of the city, I see and am friends with the other, he brings up that meal to this day. He worked an event with me earlier this month and mentioned the meal fondly.
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow

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