Tuesday, February 25th

Indian Food in Austin

This is an updated version of the 2013 AFBA City Guide to Indian Food. Leave me a comment and share your favorite dishes with readers. What’s hot (and spicy!) for 2014? 

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.

Bollywood

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

 

Biryani Pot

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

This chain has high quality food, friendly service, and is a very popular lunch destination. Formerly Taj Mahal Indian Cuisine.

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.

Chaat Shop

Mobile

Check the website to see when the food truck will be in your area. Try the Chaat Box, a combo meal with vegan choices and a samosa for $7.50.

Chicken Lollypop

1005 E. Braker Lane, Austin, TX 78753

The Mumbai-style Indian Chinese menu satisfies vegetarians and meat eaters alike.

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

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!

Daawat

500 Canyon Ridge Drive, Austin, TX, 78753

Formerly Indian Spicy Kitchen, the extensive menu and online ordering system makes takeout a breeze.

Gandhi Bazar

3421 W. William Cannon Dr, #133, Austin, TX 78745

12809 N FM 620, #3, Austin, TX 78750

2121 W. Parmer Lane, #113, Austin, TX 78727

Prefer to cook your own Indian food? Stock up on spices and other essentials at one of Gandhi Bazar’s locations.

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. Update: Brick and mortar in the works!

G'Raj Mahal

Hot Breads Bakery and Cafe

7318 McNeil Drive, Ste 102, Austin, TX 78729

So much more than a bakery, choices run from traditional Indian dishes to savory spiced puffed pastries. A unique concept in Austin.

Indian Palace

3616 Far WEst Blvd, Ste 113, Austin, TX 78731

North Indian cuisine; delivers to surround area.

Lamba’s Royal Indian

41 Waller Street, Austin, TX 78702

Spicing up farmer’s markets, Lamba’s sells a wide range of frozen Indian dishes. They can be found at HOPE and other farmer’s markets in and around Austin.

Madras Pavillion

9025 Research Blvd, Ste 100, Austin, TX 78758

The vegetarian favorite has cuisine from both North and South India.

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 Dhaba

75 Rainey Street, Austin, TX 78701

This food truck is a recent addition to Rainey Street and early reviews are extremely positive. Perfect for late night eats while bar-hopping.

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.

Naanful Indian Grill

11101 Burnet Rd, Ste A130, Austin, TX 78758

2000 S. I35, Round Rock, TX 78681

1335 E. Whitestone Blvd, Ste T130, Cedar Park, TX 78613

Quick, build-to-order dishes. Will deliver, but order early, as their site estimates 60-75 delivery time.

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

Paradise Biryani Pointe

1779 Wells Branch Pkwy, Ste 102, Austin, TX 78728

They specialize in biryani, but if that’s not your thing, there’s a large menu with lots of diverse options.

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.

Spice Mystery

13717 Burnet Rd, Ste 300, Austin, TX 78727

Craving Indian food but your companion doesn’t like it? Spicy Mystery also has an American menu with burgers, fried pickles, and chicken fried steak.

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

Taj Palace Indian Restaurant and Bar

6700 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX 78752

For more than 20 years the extensive buffet has been delighting loyal customers. This was one of Austin’s first Indian restaurants.

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

 

Taste From India

519 E. 7th Street, Austin, TX 78758

Indian kabobs for the late-night bar crowd.

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.

5 Responses

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  2. Raul Colon says:

    Great guide. Austin has the best Indian Food Truck I have tasted. It is called Naan Sense.

  3. Optimista says:

    What a great round-up! I just recently heard about Chicken Lollypop and have been wanting to go check it out.

  4. Lee says:

    Great guide. CANNOT wait to eat some Indian with you guys again!

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