Tuesday, December 27, 2005

FC1 Western Ave. Stop 4: Devon Avenue

This is the neighborhood where Indians and Pakistanis live in peace and harmony, united by capitalism. Most ethnic neighborhoods are an adventure for the casual driver, but Devon is especially infuriating. Turn signals, traffic lanes, and red lights apparently are all optional. A Pakistani teenager once told me that he learned to drive here. "If you can drive here, you can drive anywhere," he said. Seems to me most of the people around here are still learning. Anyway, there are some nice restaurants near this intersection, and if you ever need a live chicken or other animal, you know where to go.

I don't know if you can make it out, but on the side of the building in the background is the remnant of the sign for the Nortown Theater. I remember going there as a kid. The neighborhood seemed like a different world to me back then, scary, foreign, weird. Well, I guess it still does. Someone told me the Jewel of India restaurant was going to be torn down and turned into a theater showing Bollywood movies. That would be cool. Right now you have to drive to the suburbs to see a good flick from India. But looking at this corner, I wonder why they couldn't convert the Nortown back into a theater.


Anonymous Mr. Molitor said...

FYI - My father told me that the taste of India restaurant used to be a diner and ice cream shop he would go to when he lived in the city in the 50'sdca

10:24 AM  
Blogger ap said...

Wonder what curry-flavored ice cream tastes like ... I'm sure it's better than what they serve at Margie's

11:08 AM  
Blogger Marley6 said...

lancaster, pa has exactly 1.5 indian restaurants. i have been to both, which is how i determined that they only equate to 1.5

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Molitor said...

Hey Marley. Are there any Amish Indians?

3:09 PM  
Blogger ap said...

and if not, are the Amish allowed to eat Indian food, at least at the half a restaurant?

3:17 PM  
Blogger Marley6 said...

of course the amish can eat there, we don't segregate, just they do. that is, providing no one takes their picture, and no tv's are turned on, and everyone agrees to eat by candle light, oh, and no one plays the sitar in case dancing occurs - but sure.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Jonah said...

Chicago Live Poultry makes that block stink. You can smell the chicken shit and blood a while off.

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

but we can sleep peacefully knowing that those little animals were killed under the proper "halal" specifications

5:29 PM  

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