Best of India
8120 Minnetonka Blvd
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
I've done my research as far as Indian food goes. Not only have I eaten at pretty much Indian restaurant this side of the Mississippi, but I've had my pickings in New York, New Orleans, and London. And I cook Indian often. Well, I attempt. I can't even touch the good stuff.
A year or two after my old favorite closed - New Delhi, on Franklin and 14th Street - Becca invited me to try Best of India. So I did. NEW FAVORITE!
For the 300th time, Becca and I decided to come here on our super-special BFF girls' night. We were so excited, we got there about 20 minutes before they opened. (Read: they open at 5. You prolly want to schedule around that.) So we stared at the store front for a sec.
Then we went to the Ax-Man a couple stores down. Which was fun. In a very cluttery way. Then we wandered into the convenience store on the other side of the place. Nothing appetized us in the least.
Then, FINALLY, it was 5:00. BOOYAH.
The place is pretty small, and I'd imagine it seats maybe 60 people, max. I've never seen it full, so go there. Get yourself a table. You won't even have to make a reservation. The owner and waitstaff are very friendly. I'm pretty sure a few of them recognize us by now.
The menu has a whole vegetarian page. You'll want to stay away from anything with paneer - Indian cheese - and anything with the word "creamy" in the description. Otherwise, when you order, just make sure you specify that you need it without ghee. Ghee's that nummy buttery stuff they cook everything with, but they can easily use oil instead.
Before I took my first bite last night, you have to understand that Becca and I had just had the following conversation.
ALLI: J.J. Abrams needs to make another Star Trek movie.
BBQ: (expression of utter happiness) Pictures of the set leaked!!
ALLI: WHAT. It's in production?! What pictures?!
BBQ: These pictures, of course!
Okay, in real life, Becca is not a hyperlink. But you get the picture. So with images of a new favorite movie in my head, I started in on the food.
The meal always comes with a boatload of rice on which you can disperse your curry if you so desire. Me, I like my curry straight up. In between spicy bites, I take sips of mango juice to sooth my burning mouth. Perfect meal.
Now let me continue Homer Simpson-style daydreaming about how good that meal was.
[EDIT 3/17/2013] Readers, I'm sorry to say that the naan here is made with dairy. Don't despair! You can have roti instead, which is just as delicious.