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What Violette Adrien’s Rogers Park BYOB lacks in ambience it makes up for in deceptively simple Haitian dishes like braised goat with faint curry notes, incredibly tender roast chicken coated in sweet stewed onions and glistening hunks of fried pork perfect with a scorching hot sauce.

The empanada-like pates (pronounced like the charcuterie) are specific to Haiti, and Violette has long been known in the local Haitian community for her way with the flaky dough, developing enough of a cult following that you’d be wise to verify some are coming out of the oven before making the trip.

Address: 2311 W Howard St Chicago 60645

Cross street:between Oakley and Claremont Ave

Transport: El stop: Purple (rush hrs), Red, Yellow to Howard. Bus: 97, 206.

Price:Average main course: $11

Contact: www.kizincreole.com