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Chai Pani reopens its dining room with a brand new menu, forgoing okra fries for dishes that are often cooked at home, rather than in restaurants. “It's an exploration of the more humble side of Indian street food and Indian at-home cooking," says Meherwan Irani.
Chicken tikka masala on a taco? A new, fun taqueria in Chamblee serves up tacos with toppings like lamb and yogurt and chana masala.
Chai Pani owner Meherwan Irani and Vishwesh Bhatt of Snackbar in Oxford, Mississippi, created the Brown in the South supper series as a way to spotlight Indian chefs living and working in the South. And the first dinner at Chai Pani in January was a sold-out success.
Never tried Bangladeshi food before? This Chamblee newcomer is a great place to start. Indian favorites such as rich, creamy spinach and paneer cheese share the menu with garlic chili morich, a spicy, stewed Bangladeshi dish made with finely chopped green chilies, chopped tomato, garlic, and spices.
Chat Pani has moved from well-worn space I once frequented as an Emory undergrad, but the vibrant chaat and thali remain as excellent as ever.
Southern India and the American South are thousands of miles apart, but Spice to Table chef Asha Gomez sees an abundance of similarities between her family home in Kerala and her adopted home, both hot and humid places where hospitality reigns.
Where to find excellent Tamil cuisine in metro Atlanta, plus, can we please be done with Styrofoam, the little coffins made of waxed cardboard, and even the ecoconscious alternatives, which seem to be made of porous materials that suck the life and moisture out of the food?
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