Sometimes, you need a spice mix that sets your entire mouth on fire to truly feel alive. That is where having a great Indian restaurant that knows both how to create homey, savory dishes alongside ones that can light up every taste bud is key to long-term food survival.
With recent events, many Indian restaurants are upping their carry-out game, bringing their entire selection of dishes to their customers with take-out options. This is great timing because you can try something new along with a longtime favorite, creating a sampling menu that the whole family can enjoy and explore.
These restaurants have everything from specialty drinks to hearty appetizers to luxurious lunches and dinners. The spice levels can vary from the everyday tingle on the tongue to the four-alarm fire that nearly sets your hair on fire. Make sure you sample what kind of spice levels each place offers and adjust accordingly.
Plus, if you’re in a confined space with kids and spouses, you also may want to adjust the garlic level if you’re so inclined. Or, in case you’re tired of family togetherness, you may want to ask the proprietors of these fine Metro Detroit Indian restaurant mainstays to amp it up and add all of the cloves of garlic that they can.
Here are five Metro Detroit Indian carryout places well worth your time and tips:
NoorJahan Indian Cuisine: There likely has never been a restaurant so hotly anticipated than this one in the Eastside city of Grosse Pointe Woods. It was a rumor for a year, a sign in the window for months and then a smash when it finally opened in late December. Regular patrons rave about the garlic Naan, its most popular and top-selling menu item. Other popular dishes include the Bombay Aloo, Shrimp Biryani and Vegi Samosas.
Priya: This Troy restaurant is known for its grand buffet and great service, but during this carry-out season, you may want to try the Lunch Boxes, which features both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. The menu is varied with great appetizer treats such as Poori with potato curry, rice entress including Chicken tikka biriyani and vegetarian entrees such as Mushroom kadai and Dal makhana. You also can add sides from pickles to chutneys to salads.
Star of India: For those who travel far for a great sauce or creative menu, your best bet for a easy-to-grab lunch or dinner is Ferndale’s Star of India. There are lots of favorites to be found, whether it is a mixed-vegetable curry or Fattoush salad. But there are also local favorites to savor such as Saag Aloo with spinach and potato as well as a Begun Bharta, which is smashed and grilled eggplant.
Himalayan Flames: Dearborn is widely known for its food culture and well-known restaurants that serve an array of international flavors. The Himalayan Flames seeks to bring the ingredients and traditions from Nepal and Tibet in a way that blends flavorful dishes with fresh, locally procured ingredients. Locals have jumped to welcome this new restaurant, which opened in 2019 and has been described as the best Indian food in Dearborn.
Neehee’s Indian Vegetarian Street Food: With its cheerful bright yellow exterior, you may be tempted to drive by this sunshiny eatery as just another fast-casual restaurant. But this Troy hot spot quickly gained fans for its dosa wraps and other authentic street foods, prepared with care and quickness. Regulars also laud the Mango Lassi and Samosa Chaat.