Unique Indian food and drink – Specials in Lincoln Park and Edgewater


While Indian food is considered an acquired taste by some, the good stuff is known the world over for its subtle, multi-layered flavors and aromas. And there is no shortage of very good Indian restaurants in our great city of Chicago. Check out TimeOut Chicago’s recent list of Chicago’s 10 best Indian restaurants here. And below is news about two others you may want to consider when you’re in the neighborhoods.

Hakka Bakka Kati Rolls in Lincoln Park  serves fast casual Indian food featuring natural, fresh ingredients and authentic recipes to showcase the myriad of flavors that truly represent Indian cuisine. With a menu providing a simplistic approach, Hakka Bakka is putting one of India’s most popular street food items, the Kati Roll, on the culinary map. The Kati Roll features homemade, pan-seared flatbread filled with choice of chicken, lamb, paneer, chickpea, potato or egg, and is prepared with a Tikka (tomato and yogurt based) or Hariyali (cilantro and mint based) marinade, then topped with house made chutney like spicy chili, cilantro, sweet tamarind or savory yogurt.
  • Monday, January 16 through Tuesday, February 28 (one per customer)
  • $5.99 Mini Kati Roll Combo Meal (available now) includes Masala Fries and soft drink (chicken or chickpea mini roll only, dine-in only).
  • FREE tea & coffee

  • Monday, January 9, 16, 23 & 30
  • FREE lentil soup with any purchase (one per customer, dine-in only). Hakka Bakka’s lentil soup is made in house daily from fresh and healthy ingredients. There is no oil or fat added and they use fresh mung beans boil it down for about two hours. A hearty, healthy alternative to and just as satisfying as heavy cream-based bisques.
  • Monday, January 16, National Hot & Spicy Foods Day
  • FREE veggie samosas with tamarind chutney with any purchase (one order per customer, dine-in only). Hakka Bakka’s spicy samosas are bite-sized deep fried triangles of dough stuffed with potatoes, peas, carrots, onions, and ginger. Think of it as an Indian Empanada.

And, further north, consider a unique Indian bistro Mango Pickle, located in Edgewater at 5842 North Broadway. Owner Marisa Paolillo learned how to cook Indian cuisine as a result of living and traveling in India for 9 years, and she continued to explore on her own. She worked for a time at The Table restaurant in Mumbai, India where she was exposed to the culinary world.

Marisa’s new bistro menu demonstrates her love for food and brings a spoonful of India back to Chicago. Using saffron and cardamom, Mango Pickle is serving up authentic Indian dishes with a Western twist. Based on the popularity of Chai Tea Time in India she’s created a special Chai menu. On Fridays and Saturdays starting at 4:30pm, Mango Pickle features a family recipe, Chai Masala, along with house-made syrups and infusions. The Chai Menu includes:

  • Bombay Masala Chai…$3
  • Spiced Hot Chocolate…$3

Then pick from one of these optional add-ons:

  • Saffron-cardamom…$1
  • Cocoa…$1
  • Spiced Jaggery…$1 (natural sugar that’s like a cross between spicy molasses and buttery caramel)
  • Coffee…$1
  • Bourbon…$ (according to selection)
  • Somrus Indian cream liqueur…$5