Washington, DC has some of the best Indian food in the U.S. From the height of sophistication to the most authentic, you’ll find the most aromatic foods. DC offers stellar buffets and housemade naan. These top Indian restaurants will get you sweating or cool you down with the world’s most diverse food.
243 K St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
Washington loves ethnic food on the go. Indigo brings Indian food in a quick-service style with locally sourced ingredients. This new restaurant in the Atlas District is perfect for both those who love Indian food and those who are new to the cuisine. Grab one of the Indirolls, which features meat or veggies sizzled with spinach, cilantro and onions that are rolled up in a naan bread for a hands-on Indian meal. Indigo also offers curries or vegetarian plates served with rice.
4441 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
Offering a reasonably priced lunch buffet, you’ll find all of your favorites and fixings to go with them. From vegetarian cuisine to the meat dishes, the buffet features tried-and-true dishes like the saag paneer, dal or vindaloo, and daily selections. Naan is included, so you can indulge as much as you want. The samosas are delicious and the lassis are a sweet way to complement the spices.
2622-A N. Pershing Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
This authentic Indian restaurant in Arlington, Virginia offers a delicious menu of some of the best foods that India has to offer. Try the biryani, which is a basmati rice special mixed with vegetables, seafood or meat. This restaurant has delicious chicken tikka malsala and butter chicken. It will adjust the spiciness to what you want. If you can’t decide between a few dishes, Masala Express offers a mix-and-match platter so you can try a few.
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633 D St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
Rasika offers the best of modern Indian cuisine in a sophisticated setting. The flavors of Rasika’s cuisine are some of the most cultivated and tastebud stimulating that guests have ever experienced. Try the palak chaat, which is the crispy spinach with a sweet yogurt and chutney made with dates. The breads are made in house and include the traditional mint or garlic naan and paratha, or something more modern like the truffle or chili and olive oil.
Salt and Pepper
2632 Georgia Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
Salt and Pepper is a takeaway Indian spot near Howard University. Offering halal meats, you’ll find seafood and chicken dishes like the vandal or korma. This spot offers goat biryani and lamb specials and also kabob and tandoori specials. The fresh bread includes the traditional naan and aloo paratha, but also whole wheat roti and bahtoora, which is a crispy, deep-fried bread.
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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isn’t enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.