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Chicago's 4 favorite spots to find cheap Indian eats

Ghareeb Nawaz | Photo: W C./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on June 17, 2020.

Looking to satisfy your appetite for Indian fare?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Indian restaurants around Chicago, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to meet your needs.

1. Ghareeb Nawaz

photo: saniya s./yelp

Topping the list is Ghareeb Nawaz. Located at 2032 W. Devon Ave. (between Hoyne and Seeley avenues.) in West Rogers Park, the Indian and Pakistani spot is the highest-rated inexpensive Indian restaurant in Chicago, boasting four stars out of 836 reviews on Yelp. The spot offers items like chicken biryani and paratha, according to the menu.

The site can tell you a thing or two more about Ghareeb Nawaz.

"We prepare quality affordable Indian and Pakistani food," the business says in the history section of its Yelp profile.

2. Oberoi's Indian Food

photo: seema s./yelp

Next up is West Rogers Park's Oberoi's Indian Food, situated at 6407 N. Bell Ave. (between Arthur and Devon avenues). With 4.5 stars out of 65 reviews on Yelp, the Indian spot has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for an inexpensive option. Try the chicken tikka.

As to what the business is known for, "Butter chicken and biryani" it writes on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties.

3. Bombay Wraps

Photo: Bombay Wraps/Yelp

The Loop's Bombay Wraps, located at 122 N. Wells St., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the inexpensive Indian and vegetarian spot, which offers wraps and more, four stars out of 424 reviews. Look for rice bowls and wraps on the menu.

In terms of signature items, "Bombay Wraps is Chicago's first fast-casual Indian concept focusing on authentic, fresh and fast Indian fare in a modern, fun environment," it states on Yelp in the section explaining specialties. "Bombay Wraps has taken the best of Indian food — complex flavors, rich aromas, abundant variety and delicious slow-cooked recipes — and made it simple, fast and approachable by serving them in wraps (paratha or whole wheat roti), sandwich rolls (buttered and toasted) and bowls (basmati rice or fresh-cut salad).

4. Shan Restaurant

photo: gail t./yelp

Shan Restaurant, an Indian and Pakistani spot in Uptown, is another low-priced go-to, with four stars out of 252 Yelp reviews. Head over to 5060 N. Sheridan Road (between Winona Street and Carmen Avenue) to see for yourself. The menu features rolls and daal.

Yelper Rachel G., who reviewed Shan Restaurant on April 23, wrote, "The food is fabulous. I would highly recommend the tandoori chicken!"

This story was created automatically using local business data, then reviewed and augmented by an editor. Click here for more about what we're doing. Got thoughts? Go here to share your feedback.

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