Today I'm off duty, so I'm turning the blog over to Katherine Bernot, my current intern, who also happens to be a senior at Northwestern. Katherine knows first-hand the struggles of being food-obsessed but living on a student's budget. In that spirit, every now and then I'm going to give her a chance to talk about some of her budget-friendly discoveries. Today's find: affordable, authentic South Asian food in Rogers Park.
As many of my fellow students know, budget food often means boring food. ‚ It tends to be greasy, bland and uninspired; quantity and price tend to trump flavor ($5 footlong, anyone?) But lest we resign ourselves to sub-standard sliders and ramen, I've undertaken a quest to find the delicious, less than $10 meals I know are out there. The good news is, with a sense of adventure and a little luck, they're not so hard to find.
Exhibit A: This past Saturday night, a friend and I were craving authentic South Asian food, but March Madness-related beer purchases had nearly wiped out our cash supply. Luckily, my friend - who fancies himself a bit of an expert in this arena - led me to one of his favorite restaurants on Devon Avenue. From the street, Ghareeb Nawaz has an unassuming, hole-in-the-wall vibe that doesn't quite do justice to the mouth-watering food beyond its front door. As a true Muslim establishment, it serves zabiha halal food, a term similar to kosher laws for Jews, that indicates the meat conforms to Muslim dietary rules. Their menu offers both Indian and Pakistani dishes, which are posted on the wall along with photos, all for less than $5.
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