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A thali platter at Vrindavan in Plano.
Didi Paterno

Spice It Up at These 14 Indian Restaurants in the Metroplex

The best biryanis, kebabs, street food, Indian Chinese, thali, and mithai that DFW has to offer

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A thali platter at Vrindavan in Plano.
| Didi Paterno

There’s something about the art of blending spices and ingredients in Indian food. The way it creates a multi-layered yet harmonious dish keeps everyone coming back for more. From Vegan, vegetarian and non-vegetarian, North and South Indian, biryanis, kebabs, street food, Indian Chinese, thali, pizza to mithai, the Indian restaurant scene in the Metroplex offers a diversity in its cuisine that mirrors the explosive growth of the community in recent years.

Take a bite into some of the best still flourishing old-timers, affordable chains, and newcomers who’ve created a unique take on the cuisine.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Chennai Cafe

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Chennai Cafe in Frisco serves Southern and Northern Indian dishes during its weekend grand buffets. The live dosa and appam stations, which are flat griddles toasting different kinds of fermented rice pancakes, are showcased for diners’ viewing and eating pleasure. And all meats served are halal. 

Red Hot Chilli Pepper

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Zero in on the noodle section of the menu for Calcutta chow mein noodles, which are stir-fried thin wheat noodles with assorted vegetables doused in soy, vinegar and garam masala sauce, and Khao Suey, a Burmese specialty with a coconut curry sauce. Add egg, tofu, paneer, chicken or shrimp to any noodle dish. All meats served are also certified halal. 

Vrindavan

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Vrindavan is an upscale vegetarian thali restaurant — for beginners, thali is a set meal with a selection of different legume stews, rice, chutneys, fresh vegetable salad, pickle, relish, savory buttermilk drink and more. Each day features a thali of the day from different regions of India. The Wednesday and Saturday special of Brijwasi thali includes hariyali tikki (potato and mint patties), dubki wale aloo (potatoes in spicy gravy), chana masala (spicy chickpeas), paneer makhanwala (paneer in a creamy tomato cashew nut gravy), and more. Check their menu to see all the daily options. While this spot was once reservations only, it is now open to walk-ins.

Bawarchi’s

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Take your pick from the variety of Hyderabadi-style biryanis at this spot. Bawarchi’s is known for their biryani, made of long grain rice layered with a blend of saffron, milk, ghee, vegetables or proteins, and spices cooked in a thick-bottomed pot sealed shut to steam. Order the family pack with a choice of biryani that serves two, an appetizer, and a chef’s choice dessert. Meals here are great to-go as well as dine-in.

India101 Xpress

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India 101 Xpress in The Colony focuses on quick dine-in and drive-in options. It features a scaled-down a la carte menu with a combo option to sample a choice of one to three entrees. For a filling vegetarian meal, order the rich dal makhani, made with whole black lentils stewed in spices, cream and butter, masala aloo gobi, spiced potatoes and cauliflower, paired with plain long grain rice and garlic naan.

Tandoori Pizza

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Tandoori Pizza puts an Indian twist on pizza. All pizzas are halal, to boot. Choose butter chicken, seekh kebab, chicken tikka, curry or paneer as toppings.

India Chaat Cafe

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Head to India Chaat Cafe for a good chat over Indian chaat or snacks. Taste the explosion of textures, temperatures and flavors in a plate of Dahi puri, crispy hollow puri stuffed with spiced potatoes and garbanzos, doused in yogurt and chutneys. Or try a platter of assorted pakoras, deep-fried vegetables, paneer, chicken, fish, or jalapeno covered in batter.

Kebab  N’ Kurry

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The red and green neon sign of Kebab N’Kurry, one of the oldest Indian restaurants in the Metroplex, is hard to miss. Open since 1982, Kebab N’Kurryserves classic dishes cooked inside a traditional clay oven known as a tandoor. It’s worth ordering the tandoori chicken, bone-in chicken splayed and cut in half and then marinated in spiced yogurt. Also outstanding is the chicken tikka, boneless chicken cubes marinated in the same spiced yogurt which are skewered and grilled.  

Gopal’s Vegetarian

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This Richardson restaurant specializes in Gujarati-style thali. It serves various freshly made homestyle Gujarati dishes, highlighting a blend of flavors and textures. Try the dal dhokli — savory steamed chickpea flour cakes topped with mustard seeds that come with sweet and sour tamarind chutney and fresh green cilantro chutney. Also excellent is the Gujarati thali, a set meal with long grain rice, legume stews, pickles, vegetables, papads or paper-thin crispy crackers from black lentils, and gulab jamun for dessert with Bajarina rotla, a pearl millet flour flatbread.

Bikaner Sweets and Vegetarian Cuisine

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Curious about Indian confectionery and desserts, collectively known as mithai — including the legume or seed-based flour spiced milk dough balls known as laddos and buttery spiced milk solid sweets called barfi? This is the place to start. Buy the Sixpence Surprise box for their choice of mithai to try or point to the most intriguing, colorful ones that draw your eye in the display case to order by 2 to 4 pieces or by the pound. 

101 Paratha

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If paratha, a pan fried flatbread folded onto itself to create many, distinct layers, is what one craves, one is sure to find at least one at 101 Paratha. The spin-off from its mother restaurant India 101 puts a spotlight on the beloved Indian bread by offering, no joke, 101 choices, including dessert parathas and Singapore style specials. 

EggHolic

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EggHolic brings traditional Gujarati street food to Irving. Eggs are front and center with the signature Surti Gotalo, which features two sunny side up eggs topped on a rich, spiced tomato gravy with more eggs grated in. 

Bombay Sweets & Snacks

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Fresh off the boiling jalebi oil, lacy orange fritters doused in sugar syrup are the draw to Bombay Sweets & Snacks in Irving. A wide selection of rainbow-colored mithai is available to order by the pound. There is also chaat for those who crave savory flavors. 

Kalachandi’s

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Find this restaurant inside a Hare Krishna temple and community center, which turns 40 this year. The restaurant’s courtyard is an oasis. It continues the tradition of serving filling vegetarian dishes that mix Indian classics and familiar American staples, including a salad bar and homemade whole wheat cinnamon bread. 

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Chennai Cafe

Chennai Cafe in Frisco serves Southern and Northern Indian dishes during its weekend grand buffets. The live dosa and appam stations, which are flat griddles toasting different kinds of fermented rice pancakes, are showcased for diners’ viewing and eating pleasure. And all meats served are halal. 

Red Hot Chilli Pepper

Zero in on the noodle section of the menu for Calcutta chow mein noodles, which are stir-fried thin wheat noodles with assorted vegetables doused in soy, vinegar and garam masala sauce, and Khao Suey, a Burmese specialty with a coconut curry sauce. Add egg, tofu, paneer, chicken or shrimp to any noodle dish. All meats served are also certified halal. 

Vrindavan

Vrindavan is an upscale vegetarian thali restaurant — for beginners, thali is a set meal with a selection of different legume stews, rice, chutneys, fresh vegetable salad, pickle, relish, savory buttermilk drink and more. Each day features a thali of the day from different regions of India. The Wednesday and Saturday special of Brijwasi thali includes hariyali tikki (potato and mint patties), dubki wale aloo (potatoes in spicy gravy), chana masala (spicy chickpeas), paneer makhanwala (paneer in a creamy tomato cashew nut gravy), and more. Check their menu to see all the daily options. While this spot was once reservations only, it is now open to walk-ins.

Bawarchi’s

Take your pick from the variety of Hyderabadi-style biryanis at this spot. Bawarchi’s is known for their biryani, made of long grain rice layered with a blend of saffron, milk, ghee, vegetables or proteins, and spices cooked in a thick-bottomed pot sealed shut to steam. Order the family pack with a choice of biryani that serves two, an appetizer, and a chef’s choice dessert. Meals here are great to-go as well as dine-in.

India101 Xpress

India 101 Xpress in The Colony focuses on quick dine-in and drive-in options. It features a scaled-down a la carte menu with a combo option to sample a choice of one to three entrees. For a filling vegetarian meal, order the rich dal makhani, made with whole black lentils stewed in spices, cream and butter, masala aloo gobi, spiced potatoes and cauliflower, paired with plain long grain rice and garlic naan.

Tandoori Pizza

Tandoori Pizza puts an Indian twist on pizza. All pizzas are halal, to boot. Choose butter chicken, seekh kebab, chicken tikka, curry or paneer as toppings.

India Chaat Cafe

Head to India Chaat Cafe for a good chat over Indian chaat or snacks. Taste the explosion of textures, temperatures and flavors in a plate of Dahi puri, crispy hollow puri stuffed with spiced potatoes and garbanzos, doused in yogurt and chutneys. Or try a platter of assorted pakoras, deep-fried vegetables, paneer, chicken, fish, or jalapeno covered in batter.

Kebab  N’ Kurry

The red and green neon sign of Kebab N’Kurry, one of the oldest Indian restaurants in the Metroplex, is hard to miss. Open since 1982, Kebab N’Kurryserves classic dishes cooked inside a traditional clay oven known as a tandoor. It’s worth ordering the tandoori chicken, bone-in chicken splayed and cut in half and then marinated in spiced yogurt. Also outstanding is the chicken tikka, boneless chicken cubes marinated in the same spiced yogurt which are skewered and grilled.  

Gopal’s Vegetarian

This Richardson restaurant specializes in Gujarati-style thali. It serves various freshly made homestyle Gujarati dishes, highlighting a blend of flavors and textures. Try the dal dhokli — savory steamed chickpea flour cakes topped with mustard seeds that come with sweet and sour tamarind chutney and fresh green cilantro chutney. Also excellent is the Gujarati thali, a set meal with long grain rice, legume stews, pickles, vegetables, papads or paper-thin crispy crackers from black lentils, and gulab jamun for dessert with Bajarina rotla, a pearl millet flour flatbread.

Bikaner Sweets and Vegetarian Cuisine

Curious about Indian confectionery and desserts, collectively known as mithai — including the legume or seed-based flour spiced milk dough balls known as laddos and buttery spiced milk solid sweets called barfi? This is the place to start. Buy the Sixpence Surprise box for their choice of mithai to try or point to the most intriguing, colorful ones that draw your eye in the display case to order by 2 to 4 pieces or by the pound. 

101 Paratha

If paratha, a pan fried flatbread folded onto itself to create many, distinct layers, is what one craves, one is sure to find at least one at 101 Paratha. The spin-off from its mother restaurant India 101 puts a spotlight on the beloved Indian bread by offering, no joke, 101 choices, including dessert parathas and Singapore style specials. 

EggHolic

EggHolic brings traditional Gujarati street food to Irving. Eggs are front and center with the signature Surti Gotalo, which features two sunny side up eggs topped on a rich, spiced tomato gravy with more eggs grated in. 

Bombay Sweets & Snacks

Fresh off the boiling jalebi oil, lacy orange fritters doused in sugar syrup are the draw to Bombay Sweets & Snacks in Irving. A wide selection of rainbow-colored mithai is available to order by the pound. There is also chaat for those who crave savory flavors. 

Kalachandi’s

Find this restaurant inside a Hare Krishna temple and community center, which turns 40 this year. The restaurant’s courtyard is an oasis. It continues the tradition of serving filling vegetarian dishes that mix Indian classics and familiar American staples, including a salad bar and homemade whole wheat cinnamon bread. 

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