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Mount Everest Restaurant and Rajun Cajun

We decided to visit Evanston again recently and went back to the Mount Everest Restaurant, which is supposed to be Indian and Nepalese cuisine.  We went during lunch when they have a buffet.  I’ve never been to a Nepali buffet before and I still never have.  Not that there are a lot of Nepalese restaurants in all of Chicago what does is the only Indian restaurant in Evanston and their lunch buffet is exactly like any other Indian buffet around Chicago.  There’s a salad bar, tandori chicken, a chicken curry dish, a goat dish, and a few vegetarian choices, naan bread at your table, rice pudding for dessert.  We got there kind of late but I feel sorry for the people who arrived even later than us who were served the buffet even though there were no plans on replenishing any of the dishes and there was slim pickings.  The price isn’t so bad for the buffet at $8.95 which is a lot cheaper than, say, India House.

630 Church Street
(between Chicago Ave & Orrington Ave)
Evanston, IL 60201

Another South Asian restaurant we went to recently which happened to be in another college town neighborhood was Rajun Cajun, voted the best cheap restaurant in Hyde Park.  The name is a bit misleading as there is very little actual Cajun food but there’s actually a lot of Indian food.  As well as the Southern/soul food staples like fried chicken, mac and cheese, sweet potatoes, corn bread, and collared greens.  All under one tiny roof.  The samosas are actually pretty good although the cornbread doesn’t taste very fresh (it’s better at Boston Market up the block).  You can try individual sample portions of the many vegetarian dishes but the amount that we paid for a regular sizef butter chicken curry was a bit high.  However, if you’re in Hyde Park you’re pretty far from a lot of good ethnic food so what are you to do? so, for being voted cheap and good it’s not really that cheap but unfortunately probably the best.  They also apparently rented Indian videos.

Rajun Cajun
1459 E. 53rd St., Chicago

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