When filling a void in your life it's best to take matters into your own hands, which is all the easier to accomplish if your hands happen to be filled with Double Stuf Oreos. Filling a void for South Asian eats in Wicker Park by slinging its own, Cumin.
From a dude so frustrated by the absence of Indian subcontinent flava in his WP/Bucktown 'hood he decided to open a resto his own damn self, Cumin answers the call with a robust offering of both Indian and Nepalese grub plated in a 70-seat dining room that blends paintings of traditional Nepalese scenes with up-to-date touches of sleek black furniture and bright bamboo flooring -- risky, as it has the potential to create total panda-monium. The Nepalese portion of the menu (low spice and non-dairy) kicks off with traditional starters like steamed minced chicken dumplings before getting its entree on with a bone-in goat meat stew called Gorkhali Khasi, and Aulu Tama ra Bodi: a blend of potatoes, bamboo shoots and black-eyed peas, though if tonight's going to be a good, good night you'll have to push through the bloating. Meanwhile, Indian's covered by Pakora (chickpea-battered fritters filled with anything from eggplant to spicy shrimp), potato'd Chicken Vindaloo, spiced-coconut-milk-bathed Lamb Madras, and naan stuffed with fun like cherries, raisins, almonds, cashews, and coconut powder, thankfully not coco-derived powder, since the only thing that makes nuts is you.
Sauce-wise they're rocking a full bar heavy on single-malt Scotches, plus a beer list sporting Indian selections like Taj Mahal, Kingfisher, and Flying Horse, all of which you'll want, since you came here to fill voids and eat Double Stufs, and you're all out of Double Stufs.