Updated September 2020
If you’ve been craving adventuring out for some authentic, cultural food we have you covered! Recently we asked our Instagram followers where their favorite spots were for Indian food. We’ve compiled them below so consider this your DFW Indian food tour of incredible dishes, traditional spices and lots of flavor!
Inside the adventurous food hall style eateries in the Dallas Farmers Market are all kinds of cultural cuisines. 8 Cloves is one of those options offering organic Indian fare made with quality ingredients paying homage to the dishes of India. They make their own, homemade signature spice blends that make each bite flavorful and delicious. Soon you will be able to purchase the spices to add to your dishes at home, too! There are vegan, vegetarian and gluten free menus, as well!
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SHIVAS BAR AND GRILL
For fine Indian cuisine, Shivas near the aquarium has an upscale interior, a patio and a full bar! The owners successfully opened 2 successful restaurants in Kentucky before opening Shivas here in Dallas. Score lunch specials on classic tikka and briyani dishes and more from 11 am - 2 pm! If you’re looking for a date night, check out the Royal Dinner for 2 on the full menu which comes with an app, soup, naan, raita, rice and a dessert! They are closed on Mondays and also have a private room for intimate events.
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Grab some kebabs, curries and more at the dine in restaurant while doing some grocery shopping in their market! The restaurant is beautiful considering that it’s attached to a grocery store with its comfy seating and stylish interior. It's a nice setting to sit down and relax either pre or post shopping for some excellent food. Carrollton’s hub of diverse cultural restaurants and stores makes it the perfect home for Al Markaz. After just perusing the photos we’re definitely craving some naan and tikka masala!
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For Indian located in in the heart of Dallas, head to Roti Grill right off of 75 on Knox (or in Frisco now too!). You’ll find a quick casual restaurant in a modern setting. Order lentil soup and some samosas to start. For your main, enjoy 7 vegetarian specials, or three platters or a tandoori or biryani dish. To drink, order the Mango lassi (a mango + yogurt drink) or a spiced chai.
Another great Indian spot in Carrollton’s corner is BBQ Tonite’s indo-pak eatery! Their recipes have been mastered over 16 years and bring a taste of unique culinary innovation with menu categories like bbq sizzlers that you wouldn’t typically find on an Indian restaurant’s menu. What’s definitely impressive is their expansive dessert menu, so plan to try more than one! Their most popular is a bright orange mango soft serve ice cream which is served on weekends! Feast on a brunch buffet Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am - 3 pm! There are halal and vegetarian options, too.
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SPICES OF INDIA KITCHEN
The cute, black building is hard to miss when passing by! The dine in area is modest but the food is explosive with natural spices that are used to make each dish packed with flavor. Start off with the housemade naan and load up on various exotic plates from beef, veggie, chicken, biriyani, even goat, duck and seafood! A dessert we haven’t seen much of can be found here too which is payasam, a sweet, pudding style treat made with rice, raisins and cashews. We personally can’t wait to try it! Find daily specials on their Facebook and Instagram!
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India Palace is a Dallas staple for Indian cuisine named “Best Indian Restaurant” by Dallas Observer for 12+ years and many other accolades by the Dallas Morning News and Zagat Survey! They have been serving up some of the best, authentic Indian food in Dallas since 1985 including gluten free and vegan choices. Dine in for a white tablecloth experience in their trendy, modern interior and you can order takeout or delivery to enjoy at home. Specials are on week days from 11 am - 2:30 pm and served with soup or salad, vegetable of the day, rice and naan! Complete the experience with an Indian drink from the full bar!
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Mai Colachi’s huge restaurant is the perfect place to spread out to enjoy a socially distanced Indo-Pak meal! Sit inside the upscale interior or out on the cozy and relaxing patio. They’re big on combo deals to get the most bang for your buck while trying out multiple dishes at once. They also have tons of specials that you can subscribe to by texting “taste of home” to 31996.
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India101 is exactly what it sounds like, the 101 for all things Indian foods from a buffet of 101 options, an Indian sweet shop and it’s very own bar and lounge with balcony patio access. Plus at 18,700 square feet it’s named one of the largest Indian restaurants in the US! The 101 buffet is definitely the wow factor and you can even create your own virtual buffet platter with 8 items, 1 side and 1 drink for takeout at just $20.99! Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free are available.
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Settle into an intimate restaurant environment filled with smells of all the yummy spices used in traditional dishes, which makes sense because Tadka is a North Indian term for bringing flavor with exotic spices! Among assorted proteins, a common substitute in Indian food is paneer and they have an entire menu category dedicated to dishes featuring paneer main courses. If you’re seeking an authentic meal on a smaller scale this is definitely the spot! Even the dishes and drinkware feel authentic!
As one of the largest international markets in DFW, this Indo-Pak store has all your grocery needs from Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, and Nepali specialties! Anything you need to make your own authentic dishes from the comfort of your kitchen can be found in its aisles and inside they have their own restaurant! The lunch and dinner buffet has weekly special menus that rotate various dishes for you to try served hot and fresh. So if you need to do a little grocery shopping, knock two birds with one stone and take advantage of the delicious buffet for only $6.99 Tuesday - Sunday!
Our Place brings together DFW locals and Tandoor cooking with a myriad of specialties. Their large menu makes it hard to narrow down what to order because they all sound so incredible! For a taste of everything, the popular option here is opting for the lunch buffet which includes soft drinks and vanilla ice cream! They have some non traditional menu sections that are pretty interesting like a fusion of Indian Chinese. Top it off with one of the imported Indian beers!
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How does a plate (or multiple) of home cooked Indian sound? Featured in D Magazine, Mumtaz has been around in DFW for 30 years and counting! Everything is made fresh to order and while the buffet is temporarily on hold, make plans to check that out in the future! You can get it delivered with your preferred third party apps, too. Dine on the comforts of chicken tikka masala or if you’re new to Indian, get adventurous with dishes you might not have ever heard of because there’s no shortage at Mumtaz! We’ll cheers to that - with some chai or lassi, of course!