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    Post #1 - May 6th, 2022, 9:50 pm
    Post #1 - May 6th, 2022, 9:50 pm Post #1 - May 6th, 2022, 9:50 pm
    The last time I was at the Glenview Joong Boo, I noticed a sign that read Moti and La Michoacana. Funny thing is I'd seen "Moti Massala" on Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton and Webster a couple weeks previous, looked them up and it was a cool-sounding Indian pizza fusion-y place. Could it be the same? At the time, there wasn't a website, even now, it's only a pre-order menu. In fact, searching for this one on Google, I get one on Huron, as well as the one on Lincoln. The selection of pizzas and street food is bigger at the other places, but there's two more menu screens currently dark at the Glenview store.

    Even weirder, this one is integrated into a La Michoacana, with ice cream, paletas, mangonadas (which sound like something that would be fine for the Indian menu too), elotes, with more Mexican food to come.

    So we went there for dinner tonight. We ordered two 6" pizzas, an order of elotes (accidentally, we wanted the elote pizza) and loaded fries. All of it was a great big happy, except maybe the elotes which were a little bland (should have shelled out for the flaming cheeto topping).

    The Chicken Tikka pizza was quite tasty, lots of saucy stuff, pretty spicy.
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    The Elote Pizza was better than the cup of elote, with cotija, cilantro and spicier
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    The loaded fries have corn, cilantro, onions, moti and cilantro lime sauces (could be a little crisper). It's a bit of a salt bomb but really tasty. Extra to add protein.
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    The small pizzas are $4.99, really cheap but more of a lunch than a dinner - we'd have been hungry without the fries. We'll definitely be back.

    Moti & La Michoacana
    610 Milwaukee Ave, Suite 160
    Glenview, IL 60025
    https://www.toasttab.com/la-michoacana-moderna/v3/
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  • Post #2 - May 7th, 2022, 8:45 am
    Post #2 - May 7th, 2022, 8:45 am Post #2 - May 7th, 2022, 8:45 am
    Looks interesting. Curious about the fries: Menu says they are "baked" but does that mean they are fried first and then warmed in the oven once the sauce, etc. is on? And the naan pizza idea looks like a terrific make-at-home snack using frozen naans.

    Notes on the other locations: They don't seem to have the cute little naan pizzas, just 12" and 16", and they look more like pizza crust. The Lincoln shop has a 20% code for instore orders thru May 16, mention the website ad at the counter.
  • Post #3 - May 7th, 2022, 9:42 am
    Post #3 - May 7th, 2022, 9:42 am Post #3 - May 7th, 2022, 9:42 am
    tjr wrote: Notes on the other locations: They don't seem to have the cute little naan pizzas, just 12" and 16", and they look more like pizza crust. The Lincoln shop has a 20% code for instore orders thru May 16, mention the website ad at the counter.


    Can confirm: same toppings, just on a cardboard crust. Every time I have Indian pizza I think about how good it can be were it on actual naan; glad to see someone is doing it.

    Note to those who see/read this and think “novelty”: it is. But every Indian pizza I’ve had—bad crust be damned—is an absolute flavor bomb, sort of an adult and/or south Asian version of whatever nasty thing you did as a college student when eating pizza (ranch? Fake garlic butter?). Try it.
  • Post #4 - May 7th, 2022, 3:01 pm
    Post #4 - May 7th, 2022, 3:01 pm Post #4 - May 7th, 2022, 3:01 pm
    The Moti Cafe at Huron/Clark in River North has both their Indian inspired pizza but also a naan flatbread which is just a smaller version of the pizza made on naan. It was great for lunch during the before times when I worked in that neighborhood. The momos were also delicious.

    Moti Cafe
    70 W Huron Street
    Chicago, IL 60654
    312-344-3670
    https://motichicago.com/

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