-Grubbing in Chicago
Sri Lankan Cuisine in Rogers Park
Chicago is one of the worlds greatest food cities but that doesn’t mean you can find it all here as far as international cuisines go. There’s still quite a few of them that you won’t find around town but Sri Lankan is no longer one of them with the opening of Cafe Nova near the Loyola University campus.
They just opened so the menu is on the smaller side for now but you’ll find a few of the Sri Lankan classics like the Kothu Parotta which comes with a fiery chicken curry on the side. Kothu Parotta is chopped up flatbread that’s pan fried with eggs, vegetables, spices. It can also be called Kottu Roti in reference to the flatbread used to make the dish. I always enjoy this and I’m glad to have an option for it within city limits. There’s a few Southern Indian spots in the suburbs where you can find this dish since there’s some overlap in Sri Lankan and Southern Indian and Kerala food in particular. I also tried some Sri Lankan snacks in the form of a fish cutlet and a chicken pattie. I talked to the young owner who comes from the Southern Province of Sri Lanka as do the recipes. He’s hoping to add more Sri Lankan stuff to the menu as word gets around. Sri Lankan cuisine is relatively uncommon outside of specific areas like NYC, Toronto, and London. Actually this is just the fourth restaurant in the Midwest to identify as Sri Lankan with two being in Minneapolis and the other in Grand Rapids.
6431 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL 60626