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Where to Eat South Asian Food in Chicago

Find great options at these Indian, Nepalese, Pakistani restaurants

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Devon still has plenty to offer Chicago.
| Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

The chefs and cooks who represent Chicago’s South Asian community have had a renaissance in recent years. Restaurants are diving into more regional fare, daring the city’s diners and critics to discuss more than a dish’s spice level.

While the suburbs have continue see growth, and with that comes more food options, the Chicago’s has more Indian restaurants than ever, and they’re located all across the city. Urban dwellers can find Indian, Pakistani, Nepalese, and Bangladeshi food. A few Devon Street entries even have outdoor seating, a new development as the city’s South Asian hub continues to evolve.

Below, find Eater Chicago’s favorite South Asian restaurants.

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1. Bombay Chopsticks by India House

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721 W Golf Rd
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
(847) 380-5775
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Oh, so you don't know about Indo-Chinese food? The subcontinent isn't all about buffets, and Indo-Chinese food is growing more popular by fusing their savory flavors. Imagine Southeast Asian stir fries complemented by South Asian spices and starches. It's worth the trip to Hoffman Estates. A second location in Naperville is open.

2. Sabri Nihari Restaurant

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2502 W Devon Ave
Chicago, IL 60659
(773) 465-3272
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A former Michelin Bib Gourmand winner (until 2020), Sabri has been around for nearly 25 years. They have secured a rare patio space on Devon. This Pakistani restaurant’s signature namesake beef dish is memorable, as is the chicken boti, beef samosas, and lamb chops. Order to-go online.

Glorious kebobs grilled in a kitchen by a cook. Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

3. Khan B.B.Q.

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2401 W Devon Ave
Chicago, IL 60659
(773) 274-8600
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No, you won't find meats slathered in sauce at this Pakistani spot. But it's a rare opportunity to find beef (Frontier beef) spiced the South Asian way. Don't sleep on the biryani, and mind the house rules, which are posted on the open/closed sign. Also, if you've ever wanted to try goat, this is the best place on Devon to sample the meat with several selections.

4. Annapurna Simply Vegetarian

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2600 W Devon Ave
Chicago, IL 60659
(773) 764-1858
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Annapurna is a quintessential Indian snack shop, and it’s vegetarian. Try the iconic Indian street food dish bhel puri (puffy rice mixed with potatoes, onions) that’s served with chutney. The textures and mix of sweet and savory make it work. The restaurant recently moved and it now offers patio seating.

5. Udupi Palace

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2543 W Devon Ave
Chicago, IL 60659
(773) 338-2152
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It's a perpetual struggle for lovers of South Indian vegetarian food: Mysore Woodlands vs. Udupi? Try the Thali at Udupi, the combo platter for veggie delights. And don't forget to sample the deep-fried puffy goodness that is the poori. Make sure there's some spiced potatoes at your disposal, too.

6. Sukhadia's

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2559 W Devon Ave
Chicago, IL 60659
(773) 338-5400
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This is a traditional Indian sweet shop that also serves solid chai. The chain has two local locations, on Devon and in Northwest Suburban Hoffman Estates. Snack wise, there's a smattering of vegetarian items like dosa and pani poori.

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7. Basant Modern Indian Restaurant

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1939 W Byron St
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 770-3616
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“Pork belly achari” isn’t a dish Chicagoans will find often, but customers can find this and other modern Indian takes at Basant in North Center. The Fish Basant, a salmon cooked in coconut milk and tomato sauce, is another star at the restaurant. They also have a tandoor Cornish hen and gulab jamun cheesecake.

8. MOMO Factory

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3202 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 661-2970
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In Lakeview, this modest fast-casual Nepalese restaurant is a momo paradise with the cherished item available in numerous configurations. Food is fresh and flavorful. If dumplings don’t interest, don’t sleep on the rajma.

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9. Superkhana International

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3059 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-9028
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What started out as a pop-up series in bars has blossomed into a hip restaurant that blends Indian flavors with American applications. Superkhana International isn’t a regional restaurant, but one that specializes in riffs like a butter chicken calzone and a pizza made of Indian flatbread. The dhokla is a can’t miss dish, showing a traditional side. The space is only open for pick-up.

A baked and folded naan bread pocket on a blue and white plate stuffed with orange butter chicken sauce. Nick Fochtman/Eater Chicago

10. Chiya Chai

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2770 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(612) 481-3229
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There's probably not a better place for chai in Chicago. Chiya Chai, which opened has been open for years in Logan Square, features a mind-blowing assortment of teas brewed perfectly. There really is something for everyone inside this cute space. And there's the Nepalese food, featuring momos, this starchy and sticky dumplings filled with lamb and other goodies, including curry chicken wings.

11. Tandoor Char House

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2652 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 327-2652
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Tandoor Char House has been a Lincoln Park and Lakeview classic for years, but more recently, the restaurant has challenged the traditional menu with burgers, tamarind chicken wings, and more. Folks can still find naan, and sizzling platters, but it’s the fusion dishes that stick out. They’re open for to-go, and also have a street-side cafe shared with two other restaurants across the street.

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12. Cumin

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1414 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 342-1414
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Another Nepalese spot that serves great Indian food. This is where to try a momo, a Nepalese-style dumpling that's comparable to Chinese pot stickers.

13. Wazwan Supper Club

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1742 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

Wazwan Supper Club has found a permanent home for halal Asian-inspired street food in Wicker Park. A griddled burger has a nice mix of spices, as does the fried chicken sandwich. The momos are also the best in the city, as the kitchen uses fine dining techniques. Be on the look out for the debut of fine dining component, Aman, which will offer a tasting menu.

A bamboo steamer with dumplings. Wazwan

14. Vajra

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1329 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 929-4990
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In West Town, Vajra is something truly exceptional — a full-service Nepalese and Indian restaurant with a full bar and imaginative cocktails. The momos maybe the best in Chicago. The classics are all there, but the tender goat chops — with yogurt marinade — is what will keep diners returning. Order via Tock. Unfortunately, Vajra continues to be open only for carryout during the pandemic.

15. Moti

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70 W Huron St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 344-3670
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This River North cafe began cranking out Indian-inspired pizzas during the pandemic. They’re almost California-style and cut into squares and triangles with topping options like chicken tikka and smashed samosa. But there are traditional options including veggie momos topped with a Manchuran-style sauce and diced green peppers. 

16. Bar Goa

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116 W Hubbard St Suite 1
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 900-0197
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The owners of Rooh Chicago have opened a bar along Hubbard Street and the food is balanced with Indian-style snacks inspired by the city of Goa, located on India’s West Coast. Shredded pork and chicken makes these “poi-wiches” addictive. Check out a fun prawn and chorizo fried rice, plus all-star chicken wings in a hip setting. There’s also location at Time Out Market food hall in Fulton Market.

Fries on a plate and a flatbread sandwich.
Bar Goa has two locations.
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17. Vermilion

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10 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 527-4060
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Vermillion is a well known quantity outside of Chicago, as Rohini Dey opened a New York location. But the original continues to thrive with sidewalk patio on Hubbard Street in River North. The name of the game is Indo-Latin fusion, with dishes like skirt steak with mole and an eclectic cocktail selection. It’s far from traditional, but still worth a visit.

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18. ROOH

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736 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 267-2323
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A spinoff of a San Francisco restaurant, ROOH represents the biggest splash an Indian restaurant has made in Chicago in decades, occupying a prominent location along Randolph Street. Chef Sujan Sarkar has trained across the world and brings a precise touch to modern classics, like butter chicken, but also plays around with ingredients like jackfruit with unique results. Rooh has outdoor dining in a cute alley space.

19. Maharaj Indian Grill

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333 S State St, 8 E Van Buren St Unit C13
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 877-5376
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This suburban import makes its Chicago debut with a solid menu of traditional Punjabi favorites. This location is just steps from Grant Park and has a large delivery radius giving folks a quality option for naan, a delightful baigan bhartha (eggplant) and a variety of tandoor fare.

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1. Bombay Chopsticks by India House

721 W Golf Rd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

Oh, so you don't know about Indo-Chinese food? The subcontinent isn't all about buffets, and Indo-Chinese food is growing more popular by fusing their savory flavors. Imagine Southeast Asian stir fries complemented by South Asian spices and starches. It's worth the trip to Hoffman Estates. A second location in Naperville is open.

721 W Golf Rd
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

2. Sabri Nihari Restaurant

2502 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60659
Glorious kebobs grilled in a kitchen by a cook. Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

A former Michelin Bib Gourmand winner (until 2020), Sabri has been around for nearly 25 years. They have secured a rare patio space on Devon. This Pakistani restaurant’s signature namesake beef dish is memorable, as is the chicken boti, beef samosas, and lamb chops. Order to-go online.

2502 W Devon Ave
Chicago, IL 60659

3. Khan B.B.Q.

2401 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60659

No, you won't find meats slathered in sauce at this Pakistani spot. But it's a rare opportunity to find beef (Frontier beef) spiced the South Asian way. Don't sleep on the biryani, and mind the house rules, which are posted on the open/closed sign. Also, if you've ever wanted to try goat, this is the best place on Devon to sample the meat with several selections.

2401 W Devon Ave
Chicago, IL 60659

4. Annapurna Simply Vegetarian

2600 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60659

Annapurna is a quintessential Indian snack shop, and it’s vegetarian. Try the iconic Indian street food dish bhel puri (puffy rice mixed with potatoes, onions) that’s served with chutney. The textures and mix of sweet and savory make it work. The restaurant recently moved and it now offers patio seating.

2600 W Devon Ave
Chicago, IL 60659

5. Udupi Palace

2543 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60659

It's a perpetual struggle for lovers of South Indian vegetarian food: Mysore Woodlands vs. Udupi? Try the Thali at Udupi, the combo platter for veggie delights. And don't forget to sample the deep-fried puffy goodness that is the poori. Make sure there's some spiced potatoes at your disposal, too.

2543 W Devon Ave
Chicago, IL 60659

6. Sukhadia's

2559 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60659
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

This is a traditional Indian sweet shop that also serves solid chai. The chain has two local locations, on Devon and in Northwest Suburban Hoffman Estates. Snack wise, there's a smattering of vegetarian items like dosa and pani poori.

2559 W Devon Ave
Chicago, IL 60659

7. Basant Modern Indian Restaurant

1939 W Byron St, Chicago, IL 60613

“Pork belly achari” isn’t a dish Chicagoans will find often, but customers can find this and other modern Indian takes at Basant in North Center. The Fish Basant, a salmon cooked in coconut milk and tomato sauce, is another star at the restaurant. They also have a tandoor Cornish hen and gulab jamun cheesecake.

1939 W Byron St
Chicago, IL 60613

8. MOMO Factory

3202 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657

In Lakeview, this modest fast-casual Nepalese restaurant is a momo paradise with the cherished item available in numerous configurations. Food is fresh and flavorful. If dumplings don’t interest, don’t sleep on the rajma.

3202 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657

9. Superkhana International

3059 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
A baked and folded naan bread pocket on a blue and white plate stuffed with orange butter chicken sauce. Nick Fochtman/Eater Chicago

What started out as a pop-up series in bars has blossomed into a hip restaurant that blends Indian flavors with American applications. Superkhana International isn’t a regional restaurant, but one that specializes in riffs like a butter chicken calzone and a pizza made of Indian flatbread. The dhokla is a can’t miss dish, showing a traditional side. The space is only open for pick-up.

3059 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

10. Chiya Chai

2770 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

There's probably not a better place for chai in Chicago. Chiya Chai, which opened has been open for years in Logan Square, features a mind-blowing assortment of teas brewed perfectly. There really is something for everyone inside this cute space. And there's the Nepalese food, featuring momos, this starchy and sticky dumplings filled with lamb and other goodies, including curry chicken wings.

2770 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

11. Tandoor Char House

2652 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Tandoor Char House has been a Lincoln Park and Lakeview classic for years, but more recently, the restaurant has challenged the traditional menu with burgers, tamarind chicken wings, and more. Folks can still find naan, and sizzling platters, but it’s the fusion dishes that stick out. They’re open for to-go, and also have a street-side cafe shared with two other restaurants across the street.

2652 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

12. Cumin

1414 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Another Nepalese spot that serves great Indian food. This is where to try a momo, a Nepalese-style dumpling that's comparable to Chinese pot stickers.

1414 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

13. Wazwan Supper Club

1742 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
A bamboo steamer with dumplings. Wazwan

Wazwan Supper Club has found a permanent home for halal Asian-inspired street food in Wicker Park. A griddled burger has a nice mix of spices, as does the fried chicken sandwich. The momos are also the best in the city, as the kitchen uses fine dining techniques. Be on the look out for the debut of fine dining component, Aman, which will offer a tasting menu.

1742 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

14. Vajra

1329 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

In West Town, Vajra is something truly exceptional — a full-service Nepalese and Indian restaurant with a full bar and imaginative cocktails. The momos maybe the best in Chicago. The classics are all there, but the tender goat chops — with yogurt marinade — is what will keep diners returning. Order via Tock. Unfortunately, Vajra continues to be open only for carryout during the pandemic.

1329 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

15. Moti

70 W Huron St, Chicago, IL 60654

This River North cafe began cranking out Indian-inspired pizzas during the pandemic. They’re almost California-style and cut into squares and triangles with topping options like chicken tikka and smashed samosa. But there are traditional options including veggie momos topped with a Manchuran-style sauce and diced green peppers. 

70 W Huron St
Chicago, IL 60654

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16. Bar Goa

116 W Hubbard St Suite 1, Chicago, IL 60654
Fries on a plate and a flatbread sandwich.
Bar Goa has two locations.
Time Out Market Chicago

The owners of Rooh Chicago have opened a bar along Hubbard Street and the food is balanced with Indian-style snacks inspired by the city of Goa, located on India’s West Coast. Shredded pork and chicken makes these “poi-wiches” addictive. Check out a fun prawn and chorizo fried rice, plus all-star chicken wings in a hip setting. There’s also location at Time Out Market food hall in Fulton Market.

116 W Hubbard St Suite 1
Chicago, IL 60654

17. Vermilion

10 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60610
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Vermillion is a well known quantity outside of Chicago, as Rohini Dey opened a New York location. But the original continues to thrive with sidewalk patio on Hubbard Street in River North. The name of the game is Indo-Latin fusion, with dishes like skirt steak with mole and an eclectic cocktail selection. It’s far from traditional, but still worth a visit.

10 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60610

18. ROOH

736 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661

A spinoff of a San Francisco restaurant, ROOH represents the biggest splash an Indian restaurant has made in Chicago in decades, occupying a prominent location along Randolph Street. Chef Sujan Sarkar has trained across the world and brings a precise touch to modern classics, like butter chicken, but also plays around with ingredients like jackfruit with unique results. Rooh has outdoor dining in a cute alley space.

736 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661

19. Maharaj Indian Grill

333 S State St, 8 E Van Buren St Unit C13, Chicago, IL 60604

This suburban import makes its Chicago debut with a solid menu of traditional Punjabi favorites. This location is just steps from Grant Park and has a large delivery radius giving folks a quality option for naan, a delightful baigan bhartha (eggplant) and a variety of tandoor fare.

333 S State St, 8 E Van Buren St Unit C13
Chicago, IL 60604

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