When the restaurant opened last fall, Usman Chaudhry and Amena Chaudhri had one simple goal: to bring high-quality halal hot chicken to the Tri-State region’s dining scene.
âWhen I opened the restaurant, I wanted to showcase my culture and create a fusion that works really well together,â Chaudhry said.
It works well together, and the word has spread quickly. Namkeen now attracts people from across the tri-state area who line up for hours to sample the couple’s spicy creations.
Their finger-licking menu includes traditional Nashville hot chicken; the Tikkaville sandwich, which adds an explosion of Pakistani flavors; Dhamaka fries, with masala fries, fried chicken, tikka sauce, pickles, coleslaw and mint chutney; and their Tikka Chicken Mac & Cheese.
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But of all their mouthwatering dishes, maybe it’s their signature Cucking Waffle Sandwich that gets everyone talking. It’s filled with hot fried chicken, pickles, coleslaw, chipotle aioli on jalapeÃ±o, all sandwiched between two Belgian cheddar waffles.
âWhen you take a bite of the Cucking Waffle Sandwich, you get the sweetness and spicy flavors of chicken, coleslaw and pickles. A lot of people are hesitant at first, but once they try it they want more, âChaudhri said. .
The couple were impressed with the overwhelming support they received, especially after opening during the pandemic.
âIt was a risky decision, but I had confidence in my business and my style, and it turned out to be a blessing. You come here, you sit down and you are fresh, it is the experience that you really makes you want to come back, âChaudhry said.
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