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32. Chai Pani
Ethnic restaurants that open in town so often feel pressured to filter their food for locals and translate the language of their dishes into something more American. Kudos, then, to the Asheville-based Chai Pani, which sticks to its spicy south Indian roots in the heart of Decatur. Locals crowd the colorful space for street food favorites like puffy puris stuffed with potatoes, tamarind, and green chutneys. Frying is a particular skill of the kitchen, so even haters of kale (turned into fritters) and okra (blistered and crunchy) will happily eat their greens.
406 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, 404-378-4030, chaipanidecatur.com