8 best Pakistani restaurants in Chicago

8 best Pakistani restaurants in Chicago

Cold weather makes you feel like food that just packs your body and soul into a nice delicious hug. Never heard of a hug described as delicious? If you have eaten South Asian cuisine, you agree. The spicy, rich flavors of curries, biryanis and kebabs and addictive roti and naan breads that tie it all together provide one happy meal. Below we serve the best Pakistani restaurants in Chicago.


1245 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60610

There are not many South Asian places in the city that serve zabiha halal meat – you will find much more on Devon. Luckily for city dwellers, this near north dive serves Pakistani, Indian and Middle Eastern food, including zabiha halal. Tabaq is a no-frills restaurant, perfect for your quick fix of South Asian classics. Try one of the eight curry dishes or barbecue dishes, such as Frontier Chicken.

2652 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

110 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

Tandoor Char House has locations in River North and Lincoln Park. Brothers Fahim and Faraz Sardharia spent many years perfecting Indian and Pakistani recipes that pay homage to their parents’ cooking as well as their own approaches. The food as well as the atmosphere serves a memorable dining experience. Chana Masala is one of the most popular dishes, with chickpeas, onions and tomatoes sautéed with various herbs and spices.

5060 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60640

This casual Indian-Pakistani restaurant in Uptown also serves as a small grocery store. Try the Halwa Puri Breakfast Special, which includes three pieces of puri, halwa chana and aloo bhujia – a blend of crispy, sweet and spicy. Shans samosas are a favorite with the audience and are bigger than most, so do not fill the starter – save room for a biryani or curry!

1546 N Larrabee St, Chicago, IL 60610

Located in Old Town, Kababish specializes in fresh Pakistani-Indian barbecue as well as traditional dishes with authentic spices. The rotating menu includes items such as curries and soups and stews. Try customer favorites like Butter Chicken, Fish Fry, or if you are really hungry, Lahori Chargha, half a chicken marinated in traditional Lahori spices and then deep fried.

2502 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60659

Sabri Nihari is a family-friendly Pakistani restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in Chicago’s Little India. Nihari, a stew with slow-cooked meat, is a popular dish. Sabri Nihari fills a generous serving of tender beef in its nihari that will definitely warm you up on cold Chicago winters.

2032 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60659

807 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

Ghareeb Nawaz has locations in UIC and Little India as well as Lombard. The Devon location opens late until 6 p.m. 04.00 for all the late night gluttons who crave hearty portions of Indian and Pakistani food. The relaxed place is perfect for those looking for a quick and delicious quality meal. Try Veggie Thali, which includes four types of veggie curry.

2539 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60659

Bundoo Khan in Little India is known for its authentic Pakistani and Indian barbecue and other family-style dishes. Some favorites include Chicken Tikka, Malai Boti, Puri Paratha and the restaurant’s distinctive karahi. For a handheld, try one of Bundoo Khan’s Special Rolls, which includes your choices of meats – like chicken boti or Bihari kabab – wrapped in traditional bread, like paratha or naan.

2244 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60659

Not only one of the best Pakistani restaurants in Chicago, Usamania also provides an elevated experience to its guests. The restaurant has a robust menu with traditional Pakistani-Indian dishes as well as fast food and child-friendly items. The chefs use only the highest quality ingredients and serve zabiha halal meat.

For a traditional winter dish, try Paya, which is cow’s feet cooked with different spices. Do not miss the AYCE weekend brunch buffet at 12-16, which has more than 25 dishes to eat.

Selected image credit: Kababish BBQ & Grill

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