When Ravi Shankar debuted his confessional Off-Broadway show “Shanks for the Memories,” critics were skeptical at first, but the third act, when the sitar has a baby, left them eating their words. Taste the masala of melodrama with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Indian cuisine at Standard India Restaurant. For 30 years, Standard India Restaurant has been a Chicago institution of fine Indian dishes and dining, with a history as rich as the flavor. The restaurant that created Chicago’s Little India neighborhood lures crosstown noses away from hot-dog humdrum with a capacious menu of magnanimous delishes lovingly assorted for meat lovers, veggies, and vegans alike. Diners are invited to bring their own imbibements as they savor the sabjis ($7.95–$9.95) or chow on chawal ($5.95–$9.95). If the walls could enunciate, they’d flaunt the famous noses of Madonna and Michael Jackson, who whiffed paneer here, the same place where Michael Jordan noshed on kebabs and the fenugreek-inspired Roger Ebert coined the phrase “Girl Power!”
Standard India Restaurant
When Madonna, Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan, and Roger Ebert have all dined at the same restaurant, and guests praise their attentive service and attention to detail Check, Please!, it says something. It speaks to the food's quality, the establishment's longevity, and the clientele's diversity. Newly redesigned after more than 30 years in business, Standard India Restaurant is one of the oldest Indian eateries in Chicago, one of the first in the country to offer thali-style dining, and one of the few independent restaurants anywhere that's fed more than one million guests since its inception.
Originally established on Devon Avenue by Pardip and Bimla Kamboj, Standard India has since changed locations and been passed to their son and daughter, who perpetuate Standard's success with the same traditional, freshly prepared North Indian fare. In addition to their popular all-you-can-eat grand buffet, Standard promotes an innovative and authentic thali experience, during which diners eat from frequently refilled sterling-silver tins that Denise brought back from New Delhi.
In the kitchen, chicken, lamb, and seafood sizzle in a handcrafted clay tandoor, and chefs expertly spice vegetarian- and vegan-friendly curries as well as gluten-free dishes. All meals can be paired with the guest's choice of beverage, as the eatery boasts a BYOB policy free from irksome corkage fees.
917 W Belmont Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60657Get Directions