Tonight, Indian food will return to the corner of Fullerton and Clark in Lincoln Park as Rangoli opens its second restaurant. Rangoli replaces Orange at 2415 N. Clark Street, and the restaurant neighbors the space formerly occupied by another Indian restaurant, Hema’s Kitchen. Rangoli fills a niche and bring its familiar menu of mostly Punjabi classics to a new neighborhood.
This is the second restaurant for Rangoli. Ownership opened a West Town restaurant in 2012 as a BYO in a part of the city without many South Asian options. The restaurant developed a cult following as one of the few restaurants away from Devon Avenue (Chicago’s South Asian enclave) not to dumb down the heat level. At the same time, the cooks adjust spice levels to accommodate customers who can’t take the heat.
There are 11 new items exclusively at the Lincoln Park location, five alone in the tandoor section. Customers can order new tandoori shrimp, salmon tikka, or lamb chops. There are also two new kebobs made with marinated chicken. These are all classic dishes. Carrot lovers should also note that Rangoli Lincoln Park will serve gajar halwa. This is a traditional Indian sweet made with carrots, milk, and sugar. Like the original location, Lincoln Park is BYO.
Rangoli isn’t trying to be reinvent the wheel like some other new South Asian restaurants in Chicago, but having a dependable place for biryani and mutter paneer is always welcome. Rangoli Lincoln Park opens tonight.
Rangoli, 2415 N. Clark Street, (773) 687-8085, open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.