Nando's PERi PERi - Lakeview

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Nando's PERi PERi - Lakeview
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Nando's serves peri-peri grilled chicken.

South African grilled chicken chain Nando’s opened their first location in the West Loop in May 2015, added one in Lakeview in June, and has another slated for July. This is great news, since the simple grilled chicken is juicy and marinated with peri-peri, a South African pepper that imparts piquant heat before quickly fading. The chicken comes in whole, half or quarter pieces, and you select an additional sauce—medium, hot or extra hot peri-peri, or less spicy mango-lime or lemon-herb—to be slicked on. The heat scale printed on the menu may appear daunting, but neither my date nor I had trouble with the hot. The chicken comes with sides, like bright peas mashed with parsley, mint and chile, soft fries with peri-peri mayo and a cucumber salad with poppy seed dressing. There are also salads and sandwiches, like Nandoca’s Choice, butterflied peri-peri chicken breast topped with crisp coleslaw and wedged into lightly seasoned garlic bread. While you order at the counter, it's a step above fast casual, with booze and funky furniture making it a place you're happy to settle in for awhile.

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Venue name: Nando's PERi PERi - Lakeview
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Address: 670 W Diversey Pkwy
Chicago
60614
Opening hours: Mon 11am-10pm, Tue 11am-9pm, Wed 11am-10pm, Thu 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-10pm
Transport: El stop: Brown, Purple to Diversey. Bus: 22, 36, 76.
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Tried the new Lakeview Nando's last weekend before a movie at the Landmark. The service can be a little confusing for first-timers (you're seated by a hostess, but order and pay at the counter before waiting for a server to bring your food to the table), but the grilled chicken breast and sides were delicious. The spice scale is a little intimidating, but I went for medium this time and will definitely be upgrading to hot next time.