Amarit is a great restaurant, which offers Thai food in the expensive gold coast at a cheap price. Though the location might deceive you, the restaurant has great prices, with entres starting from $7. The food is great. I highly recommend their green curry beef. Ask for outside seating in summer time, as you get to enjoy the area and also the good weather. Some of the dishes can get spicy, so make sure to ask the waiter if cannot handle spicy food. Another item on the menu worth mentioning is the crab rangoons. They are an appetizer item but one of the best in Chicago.
PROS: Value for money and location
Overall, the restaurant and atmosphere were very nice. We went on a Sunday evening and there were only a few other tables. Having never eaten Ethiopian food we asked the host/waiter to recommend two of his favorite dishes. We were pleased with our food (a chicken and beef dish), but expected a little more spice (we asked for the spiciest dishes). The restaurant specially prepared our food without the butter - instead they cooked everything in olive oil to make it a little healthier. Nice traditional atmosphere, good food, friendly staff.
PROS: authentic food and nice staff
CONS: parking, ambiance
Tiffin is one of the best restaurants on devon ave. It offers not only great food but also great ambiance, which is not met by any other Indian restaurant on Devon. The offer lunch buffet which is pretty elaborate with a great menu. There a a lot of vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes available. Tiffin is also great for dinners. You can order most of the items offered in the lunch buffet plus more. My favorite is their lamb achari. It is a combination of pickle masala and lamb. I also recommend their tandoori roti against the usual naan. Also worth trying are their gulab jamuns.
PROS: awesome lunch buffet
If you are ever in the mood for good south indian food, stop by at udupi palace. They offer all the major south indian dished, atleast the ones that I know off. They do offer north indian dishes on the menu, but I usually stick to the south indian dishes. Except for the chole bhatura I havent tried any of the north indian dishes here.
I usually start off with the medhu vada and move on to one of the dosas or uthappams. The food is very good and consistent. The service to is very prompt and effective. I highly recommend this place if you are looking for some good south indian food.
PROS: As close as you get to authentic south indian food in US
Dragonfly offers great ambience and great food. The service is great and the staff very courteous. The food is not as great, but the presentation makes up for it. I have been to the place multiple times. If you use one of the "buy one entree get one free" coupons, this place can be a bargain. I used to get a lot of these coupons in the mail. Haven't seen them in a while but that won't stop me from visitng them again. They used to be in a nicer location in Gold coast. But for some reason they have moved to Randolph street.
PROS: great ambience
CONS: not so consistent food quality
Kwick Pantry in Lombard offers a huge collection on Indian movies. They usually have the latest hindi movies and their dvd's are of very good quality. I havent tried their VHS so can't comment on them. They also have a a good collection of freshly prepared items. One that I will highly recommend, would be their methi paranthas. Also worth trying are the samosas.
The owner is usually there himself and the store is very well managed. He is very friendly and courteous and good at remember his repeat customers.
PROS: Friendly staff
CONS: crowded aisles
Original Hema's Kitchen in Devon area is a very good place to refresh your palate with authentic flavors. That is if you forget the noisey restaurant with sometimes slow service, and Hema's grand kids riding around their tricycles. Still the food makes it worth it all. The servers usually mess up your orders. So make sure your server understands what you ordered. Also a good idea to check on your server to make sure your food is coming. This place can be really unorganised but the food is just like how you will get at home.
PROS: Authentic Indian food
CONS: Slow service
I bought tires from this location. I had to wait a long time for the installation and deal with rude and unprofessional staff. I had to go back to fix a flat. Since I was there I asked them to rotate the tires as that was part of the package when I bought the tires. I was told the tires are rotated. But they did not. I talked to the mechanic who pulled out the car and he told me, he had not rotated the tires. All the staff had to say was come some other time as we are real busy.
PROS: Cheap Deals
CONS: Incomplete work
Delgado offers a convinient location next to the blue line in case you want to drop your car there and take a train to city or close by.
They usually give a pretty good estimate of the problem and are honest in pricing and the amount of work required. It is easy to talk to them and are pretty good with warranty if you have a problem with them. I have gone back with a noise that was bothering me, and they were pretty good at fixing it.
PROS: Convinient location next to el stop, honest estimate
CONS: Small waiting area