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.
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.
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.
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.
13000 North I35, Bldg 12, Unit 216, Austin, TX 78753
3201 Bee Caves Rd. #148, Austin, TX 78746
Cheery service and wide range of options on the buffet.
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.
1005 E. Braker Lane, Austin, TX 78753
The Mumbai-style Indian Chinese menu satisfies vegetarians and meat eaters alike.
2601 S. I35, Ste. B-400, Round Rock, TX 78664
Leans on Southern cuisine although has some Northern offerings. Known for their weekend buffet.
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.
2121 W. Parmer Lane #114, Austin, TX 78727
This vegetarian spot features a daily curry. Bonus: free wi-fi!
500 Canyon Ridge Drive, Austin, TX, 78753
Formerly Indian Spicy Kitchen, the extensive menu and online ordering system makes takeout a breeze.
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.
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!
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.
3616 Far WEst Blvd, Ste 113, Austin, TX 78731
North Indian cuisine; delivers to surround area.
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.
9025 Research Blvd, Ste 100, Austin, TX 78758
The vegetarian favorite has cuisine from both North and South India.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2304 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
The South Austin Marathi-style restaurant offers lots of fish and yeast-free naan.
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.
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.
8440 Burnet Rd, Ste 100, Austin, TX 78757
This old Austin favorite specializes in thali and surly waitstaff.
9310 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753
The biryani is a favorite.
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.
2900 W. Anderson Lane, Ste 12D, Austin, TX 78757
Standard buffet of classic dishes in a comfortable setting.
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.
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.
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.
519 E. 7th Street, Austin, TX 78758
Indian kabobs for the late-night bar crowd.
1205 Round Rock Ave #115, Round Rock, TX 78681
Part grocery, part restaurant, the widely-respected Teji’s has the fluffiest naan.
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.