Thursday, February 21st

Austin’s Spice Route

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We’re known for our Tex-Mex, our barbecue, food trucks and vegetarian eats. Indian might be the food genre experiencing the most growth in Austin and I say Bring it on! The versatility and regional variations mean a limitless world of flavors and textures to explore. Ideal for carnivores, vegans, and everyone in-between, Indian food is simply divine.

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Asiana

801 E. William Cannon Dr, Ste 205, Austin, TX 78745

Don’t let the rundown strip mall or sparse decor fool you, Asiana makes some great food. Delicious dosas, fluffy naan and some of the spiciest vindaloo in the city. Ask for it spicy and you shall receive.

Naan

Bombay Bistro

10710 Research Blvd. #126, Austin, TX 78759

4200 South Lamar #300, Austin, TX 78704

The elegant, romantic decor of the south location makes for a great date spot.

Bombay Express

13000 North I35, Bldg 12, Unit 216, Austin, TX 78753

Vegetarian.

Bombay Grill Indian Restaurant

3201 Bee Caves Rd. #148, Austin, TX 78746

Cheery service and wide range of options on the buffet.

Chola

2601 S. I35, Ste. B-400, Round Rock, TX 78664

Leans on Southern cuisine although has some Northern offerings. Known for their weekend buffet.

Clay Pit

1601 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701

A downtown favorite, Clay Pit offers a modern setting and delicious Bombay-inspired cocktails. The curried mussels alone are worth the trip.

Curried Mussels

Curry in a Hurry

2121 W. Parmer Lane #114, Austin, TX 78727

This vegetarian spot features a daily curry. Bonus: free wi-fi!

G’Raj Mahal

91 Red River, Austin, TX 78701

This popular food truck is distinctly Austin. The BYOB has lots of outdoor seating and makes for a great start when bar-hopping on Rainey Street.

G'Raj Mahal

Indian Spicy Kitchen

500 Canyon Ridge Dr, Ste L275, Austin, TX 78753

Extensive menu and online ordering system makes takeout a breeze.

Man Pasand Grocery

3601 W. William Cannon #750, Austin, TX 78749

A great place to stock up on spices, snacks, frozen meals, grains and more. The freshly made hot samosas for $1.00 at the counter are some of the best I’ve ever tasted.

Masala Wok

1100 Center Ridge Dr, Ste 300, Austin, TX 78753

10515 N. Mopac, Ste. A-155, Austin, TX 78759

This small chain has classic Indian and Chinese options.

Naan Sense

519 E. 7th St, Austin, TX 78701

This food truck satisfies late night bar-goers downtown. A popular dish is their Kathi Rolls: parantha with an egg, chutney, cabbage and cilantro.

New India Cuisine

2304 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

The South Austin Marathi-style restaurant offers lots of fish and yeast-free naan.

New India

Nomad Dosa

1603 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

The popular Airstream cranks out soy and gluten-free vegetarian dosas. They often sell out so get there early.

Royal India

4894 Hwy 290 West, Austin, TX 78735

Located in the old Estancia Churrascaria building, favorites include a dosa bar and the Royal Feast, a $44 multi-course dinner for two people.

Sarovar

8440 Burnet Rd, Ste 100, Austin, TX 78757

This old Austin favorite specializes in thali and surly waitstaff.

Ganesh

Shalimar

9310 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753

The biryani is a favorite.

Star of India

2900 W. Anderson Lane, Ste 12D, Austin, TX 78757

Standard buffet of classic dishes in a comfortable setting.

Swad

9515 N. Lamar Blvd #156, Austin, TX 78753

Vegetarian favorites and fun street food. The big-as-your-head dosas are a must try. You won’t even mind the lack of atmosphere.

Mysore Masala Dosa

Tarka Indian Kitchen

201 University Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665

2525 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757

5207 Brodie Ln, Austin, TX 78745

The little sister of Clay Pit offers many of the same classic curries and fantastic pakoras. The fast, casual counter service has proven to be so popular that they keep expanding, with three locations now.

Mirch Masala

Pakora

Taj Mahal Indian Cuisine

12407 N. Mopac, Ste 200B, Austin, TX 78758

A budget hole-in-the-wall that frequently offers discounts for their lunch buffet.

Teji’s Foods

1205 Round Rock Ave #115, Round Rock, TX 78681

Part grocery, part restaurant, the widely-respected Teji’s has the fluffiest naan.

Whip In

1950 I35 South, Austin, TX 78704

A funky South Austin staple, Whip In is a convenience store with indoor and outdoor live music, a massive selection of craft on draft, and a large menu of fusion Indian eats.

9 Responses

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  2. shef says:

    I’m thankful for this roundup so I can refer my clients to read about them somewhere! I concur with a lot of what you say about those places. We like Asiana and Teji’s (though haven’t been to Teji’s in a long while). Chola was excellent also with the best buffet in town encompassing North and some authentic South cuisine , but last time I went was a couple of years ago. Their chef moved to Asiana :) Thanks again!

  3. Hey, Nomad Dosa has moved to the Rio Ranchero Eatery area located at – 2512 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705. Thank you for writing about us!

  4. Jodi says:

    Tarka is my go-to Indian take-out place. I tried Asiana recently and it was delicious but the service took forever. I also really love Swad.

  5. aneelee says:

    SWAD is my absolute favorite in the whole wide world. love that i have a list of new indian places to try now. thanks!

  6. Just tried Asiana and it was awesome! Kind of far from me, but worth the drive!

  7. Brian says:

    Awesome list! I live by Swad and Shalimar and you’re right about both places. I have quite a few places to add to my restaurant list.

  8. Lisa says:

    Great list! Swad is a long-time favorite of mine, but so many of these are great choices. I thought of one more missing from the list: Madras Pavillion in north Austin… vegetarian, buffet-style with all the standards.

  9. Down south here, I wasn’t thrilled with Asiana, but I have enjoyed Bombay Bistro (and there have always been lots of Indians in there when I’ve been) and Tarka for a more modern spin. SO many places up north that I haven’t been to in ages like Swad & Sarovar, and I would also add Madras Pavilion at Burnet & 183 to the list. Now I want dosas! ;)

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