If you want to treat yourself to Indian food, the 'Burgh has a lot of Indian restaurants providing authentic and delicious options.
Pittsburgh is a famous food destination and one can find many different cuisines to satisfy their taste buds in 'Burgh, including Italian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese and Indian. If you are lover of spices and want to treat yourself with Indian food, the 'Burgh does have a lot of Indian restaurants providing authentic and delicious options. Indian cuisine is broadly classified into North Indian and South Indian, and the method of preparation of recipes and the ingredients used differ according to each region. Check out our favorite places to have Indian Food in the 'Burgh below.
Mintt Indian Cuisine offers a wide variety of Indian and Indo-chinese food. The restaurant is located at two places in Pittsburgh – One at Banksville Road and the other in Monroeville. They use fresh spices and blend them in right proportion every day according to each recipe. Don't forget to mention your spice tolerance level when you order your food. Food with spice level 10 will be really spicy! Their menu ranges from kebabs to tandooris, pulao to exotic biryanis and dosas to naans. They offer on-site catering and fresh, hot-out-of-the-grill dosas and out-of-the-oven tandoori and rotis to your guests. Don't forget to try their freshly baked cakes in their bakery section, including eggless and customized cakes.
This restaurant serving authentic Indian cuisine is a continuous recipient of various awards from Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh City paper and Urbanspoon. It is located at two places – one in Green Tree and the second in Cranberry. They offer diverse delicious menus and pastries. Try their lunch buffet on the weekends to enjoy wide variety of Indian cuisine in one meal. The Green Tree location has private dining facilities to enjoy meal with your loved ones. Check out their crisp vegetable and chicken and egg puff in their pastry section. Their on-site dosa station, chaat bazaar, and tandoori stations are unique. Don't leave without trying their crispy hot dosas!
If you are in Carnegie and if you would like to try Indian food, then I highly recommend Café Delhi for its non-vegetarian dishes. They offer kebabs of all varieties and their specials are a must-try – spiced mini idlis, lychee paneer and mixed trio. Try out their appetizers, especially cut mirchi – where chili is fried, stuffed with peanut and served with fresh-cut onions and lemons. Also try their tandoori plates and exotic varieties of biryanis. Grab their wraps if you are short on time. Cafe Delhi also provides evening snacks ranging from crowd favorite panipuri, vegetable samosa to chana batura. They also provide catering facilities.
This restaurant is located in the Old William Penn Highway near to the Venkateshwara Temple. If you want to treat yourself with idli/dosas, then Udupi is your perfect stop. They offer different varieties of idli (rice and lentil steamed cakes), vadas (rice and lentil fritters) and dosas (Rice and lentil thin crepes). The name of the place refers to the famous South Indian cuisine – Udupi and it lives up to its authenticity. They offer Indo-chinese food like manchurians, fried rice and soups. Try out their special South Indian thali meals. Because it is located on the outskirts of the city it is perfect option for brunch, breakfast or lunch. Don't miss their special madras coffee and rasam vada.
This Indian restaurant is named after one of the Seven Wonders of the World and is located on McKnight road, north of Pittsburgh. I highly recommend their lunch buffet which offers enormous collection of vegetarian recipes, appetizers, tandooris, non-vegetarian recipes and scrumptious desserts. The restaurant prepares their own yogurt and cheese and uses less oil and no MSG. They provide a dinner buffet on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. They cater nationwide and can prepare food from any part of India which has diverse cuisines according to each region.
Spice Affair is located on the Brilliant avenue in the east side of Pittsburgh. The restaurant has a tranquil ambiance perfect for special dinners. Their specialties include diverse options of tandoori and breads as well as kebabs and tandoori shrimp. They also offer various options of lassi, including mango, rose and plain flavors. I recommend a glass of rose lassi after a meal to complete it on a sweet note. They do offer special and unique varieties of naan breads like kabuli naan, keema naan and chicken cheese naan. They are more specialized in North Indian curries and their saag is outstanding.
Downtown Pittsburgh Options
Apart from the above mentioned restaurants, there are few other Indian restaurants in downtown Pittsburgh where you can grab a quick lunch buffet during your weekdays, but be aware that some of the restaurants are closed on weekends. If you crave for Indian food on a busy day, find out any one of these restaurants - Indian Palace, Indian Spices, Sree’s Foods, Mezbaan Indian Cuisine & Taste of India - and quench your thirst for spicy and tasty Indian food. Check out these Indian restaurants and let us know your favorites!
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