A Sandwich a Day: Chili Chicken Paratha at Ghareeb Nawaz

A Sandwich a Day

Reviews of Chicago sandwiches.


[Photograph: Josh Conley]

Ghareeb Nawaz is very punk rock. It doesn't really care what you think of its semi-shabby interior, decorated with pictures of Mecca, a self-service beverage cooler, and a gutted ATM. You can also take or leave its cash only, no-nonsense counter service. Hey, it's punk rock, man. And they've been rocking out the cheapest Indian/Pakistani dishes (nothing on the menu is over $4.99) a little further down on Devon for years.

True to its ethos, the spicy Chili Chicken Paratha ($2.99) pulls no punches. These tender chunks of fire-hued chicken have been marinated in pure anger, and just come out swinging. And while you're lying there, fumbling around for your taste buds, some mean little white onions just pile it on. But there are still undertones of garlic, ginger, cumin, and tumeric flavors fighting through the flames. It's all wrapped in a fresh, buttery paratha. Though a little yogurt or fresh cilantro might help round it out a bit, this sandwich is very satisfying. Not that it cares what you think.

Josh Conley once guessed the exact number of Hershey Kisses in a big glass jar. It's still on his resume. He tries to be funny HERE.

Ghareeb Nawaz

2032 West Devon Avenue, Chicago, IL 60659 (map)