While Charlotte may mostly be known as a barbecue town, that doesn't mean you can get some great cuisine from other cultures. In fact, thanks to the Johnson & Wales culinary school being in town, Charlotte is actually becoming a pretty trendy food destination.
If you're looking for Indian cuisine, you're in luck in Charlotte because there are plenty of spots to get your fix. From places that specialize in a quick lunch to upscale options for a special night out, there's no shortage of Indian food here in Charlotte. Most of these restaurants are also great for people trying to find vegetarian or vegan choices.
Here's a look at Charlotte's best Indian restaurants (in no particular order).
Located on the East Boulevard corridor, not far from Uptown, Myers Park, Dilworth and Southend, Copper is an Indian food favorite for many Charlotteans. Their Tikka Masala leads the way as a top dish, along with the lamb dishes like Lamb Kozhambu and Lamb Chops.
The restaurant sits in the Mayer House, a turn of the century bungalow that's rich in both local and national history. Copper is a modern and upscale restaurant, but it's decidedly Indian when it comes to the food.
Located in Ballantyne, The Blue Taj is an excellent spot to fill your Indian cuisine craving. The ambiance here is outstanding and the waitstaff beyond helpful. In fact, many people make this their first experience with Indian cuisine, and after explaining what they like, leave their dish choice up to the staff. The scallop nilgiri kurma is delicious, and the naan great for dipping. This restaurant is a sister restaurant to Copper.
Bombay Grille has some of the best Indian dishes in Charlotte period. They probably have some of the most unique ones too. The garlic naan is incredibly fresh and is one of the dishes people mention most, and the chicken korma is superb. There's a large menu with plenty of authentic Indian dishes as well as Indian/Chinese fusion. The decor isn't sparkling, but it's certainly fine enough. There's also a pretty good buffet here if you feel like eating until you're stuffed.
Located in the University area, Passage to India is a true gem. The lunch buffet here is second to none and even larger on the weekend. There's a large dinner menu as well. The chana masala and naan are impressive, and worth the trip.