Samosa Deals in Atlanta
Scout Notes: We've heard tales of a land far, far away, where the food trucks roam freely, the street food flows like milk and honey, and the villagers are never without a tasty snack in sight. This land, known as Los Angeles, is where NaanStop got its start, puttering around town filling Angelenos' bellies with their naan wraps, rice bowls, and samosas. But the ATL is hard to leave behind. So, when Neal and his NaanStop crew got wistful for their hometown, they packed up the tandoor, hit the road, and set up shop with a brick-and-mortar in the middle of Downtown, bringing their family recipes with them. Fast-forward to present day, and NaanStop has already cultivated quite the following of folks who dig a quick and easy way to get their Indian fix without skimping on authenticity (Neal's grandma and mom would not approve of that). In Neal's own words, he wanted to give people a way to enjoy authentic Indian food without feeling overwhelmed by dish after dish on an unfamiliar menu. Thus, NaanStop's menu keeps it simple: choose either a rice bowl, a Naanwich wrap, or a salad, and fill 'er up with an entree like chicken tikka masala, braised lamb, or chola (simmered garbanzo beans). For maximum flavor, try one of the chutneys, which range from sweet (apple tamarind) to hot (coconut mint cilantro) to really hot (chili-cilantro). But please, don't stop there: do yourself a favor and get your hands on one of those samosas. It's Mom's recipe, it's about the size of your fist, and it took home the bronze at the LA Street Food Festival. Try it chaat style (topped with chutney and chola), and you'll soon be a [naan]believer. Menu Highlights: Samosa, $2.50 Chicken Tikka Masala, $5.99 Chola (Garbanzo Beans), $5.99 Paneer Tikka Masala, $6.99 Braised Lamb, $7.99 Mango Lassi, $3 Hours: Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Saturday & Sunday
Thanks to new ownership, a new name and an updated menu, the familiar Indian joint once known as Haveli is bringing the sweet, sweet melodies of Indian spices to the 'hood in a whole new way. Alpharetta, meet Sitar, the new kid on the block who's cooking up delicious, classic staples alongside not-so-common chef specialties that are giving the neighbors a chance to expand their horizons into the realm of homemade paneer cheese, chaat-style snacking and some seriously indulgent sweets. Sounds like music to our ears. Sitar's menu, which hones in on the spicy, rich cuisine of Northern India, reads like a Greatest Hits of our favorite Indian comfort food classics: rich, creamy curries; buttery tandoor-baked naan; elaborate biryanis; aromatic dishes stewed in all sorts of heady spices, from cardamom to cinnamon to heat-packing chiles. But beyond the familiar staples, Sitar's kitchen also whips up some signature specialties that one might not regularly encounter at your average strip mall curry shop. Take the menu's selection of chaat, for example: the savory snacks one might find at a roadside vendor in India, which just so happen to pair perfectly with the ice-cold beer they're stashing behind the bar. Fun fact: the word chaat actually translates to "lick." Which, incidentally, is precisely what you'll want to do to your plate as soon as you're done scarfing down that crispy fried dough in the chaat papri. Menu Highlights: Samosa, $3.95 Chicken Pakora, $4.95 Saag Paneer, $10.95 Chicken Tikka Masala, $13.95 Lamb Biryani, $13.95 Hours: LUNCH: Monday - Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. DINNER: Monday - Friday, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.