For Chicago’s Indian community, all the roads lead to Devon Avenue which is adorned with its scores of South Asian groceries and boutiques. The vegetarian restaurant ‘Mysore Woodlands’ holds its own place amongst various other restaurants surrounding it. Order the ‘Mysore Royal Thali’ which is a seemingly bottomless platter- decked with soup, mixed-vegetable cutlets, samosas, three different curries, and more for you to dig in.
A dhaba is a roadside stall frequented by truckers from India. You will find a mixed crowd here ranging from college students, to hipsters, to multigenerational Indian families. The customers throng to the counters for generous portions of - paneer tikka masala or shahi paneer which is usually paired up with greasy aloo parathas.
Your taste buds will be delighted as you dig in the expansive dosa meals- served with coconut and tamarind chutney heaped with spiced potatoes which is a part of authentic South Indian cuisine. At this vegetarian mainstay, you will dig into a two-foot version that is nothing short of epic. Save some room for delicious side dishes like idlis, sambar, and uttapam.
Informal chaat houses, that serve salty and sweet treats like the famous - bhel puri, sev puri, dahi chaat, gol gappas, ladoos and barfi are an institution in India. Meet their L.A. counterpart: Surati Farsan Mart is a casual market and café specializing in authentic vegetarian street food. You will be delighted to find every type of chaat and spicy food items for you to enjoy when you are in the spicy mood.