Devon's Black Friday

November 27 2006 - 10:56 AM

Sabri was not only my favorite restaurant on Devon, it was one of my favorite restaurants in the city. It’s one of the few places that I posted about more than once and used unfairly as a yardstick to compare other restaurants against.  Their nehari was spectacular. Their chicken makhani would be my last meal on earth. Usmania is across the street and down a block or two but it’s a different restaurant.

I came back from the holiday to the terrible news that Sabri burned
down. A fire stretching from Campbell to Maplewood closed many
businesses in addition to Sabri.

If a chain restaurant has a problem there’s likely another one down
the street. The businesses on Devon are unique. You can drive anywhere
in this country and not find the same specialty items.  I’ve had friends say that not
only is the food at these restaurants authentic but it can be better than the same fare in
Pakistan.

Like the Khan BBQ fire that forced them to relocate, I’m hoping that
the same will be true for the businesses here, especially Sabri.

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