Like a butt in sweatpants emblazoned with the word "SEXY," anything proclaiming its own greatness makes one instinctively raise an eyebrow and think, "I'll be the judge of that."
Indeed you should be the judge, and Chicken Fantastic at Safari Restaurant in south Minneapolis will handily fulfill the promise of its name. This lovable quasi-hot dish pairs the textural delight of perfectly cooked Basmati rice with the satisfying familiarity of tender chicken smothered in a creamy garlic sauce. Strips of carrot add crunch and color, and a melty white cheese on top cinches this dish's place in the canon of comfort cuisine. It is a perfect takeout order for a snowy January day.
Should you need a blast of pepper to balance the richness of the cheese and the heavy cream (not that you need balance, who says you need balance?), Safari includes a dose of a fresh, spicy green chile sauce called basbaas cagaar. Use with caution, but definitely use — it's a cleansing jolt of vegetal heat. And according to Somali tradition, your meal comes with a complimentary banana and a mango juice (or soda if you prefer, but opt for the mango juice). It's a complete meal with leftovers for less than $12.
Happy new year. May your butts be sexy and your chickens fantastic.
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