In Phoenix, ethnic restaurants have increased many folds in the last couple of years. There are many more Indian restaurants spread out over metro Phoenix area, the East Valley and Scottsdale now than 5 or 10 years back. If you are eager to try Indian food but do not have much time for a formal, sit down dinner, there are many options now. Here is a list of five restaurants to go for a quick bite.
1. Little India, Tempe: This place is the typical "Chat Corner" or ideal place to go for street foods, quick meals and desserts. You can order a variety of snack items like samosas, kachoris, dahi vada, papri chat and small meals like chole bature, parathas, puri sabji etc. They make fresh sweets in house which is an added bonus. Prices are very affordable in the $5-10 range. Website is http://www.littleindiaaz.com/
2. Woodlands Vegetarian South Indian kitchen, Chandler: This place sells South Indian staples like dosas, iddlis, vadas and specialty items like Gobi Manchurian and thalis. Service is fast, self style and food served on styrofoam plates. Prices range from $5-15. Website is http://www.woodlandsaz.com/
3. Dhaba Café, Tempe: This is a more street food version of the Dhaba restaurant. Chat items like samosas, aloo tikkis, pakoras and fried bread like parathas are available at this place. Prices are in the $5 range. Check out the website http://www.the-dhaba.com/cafe.php
4. Bombay Spice Grill, Phoenix: This restaurant recently moved from its old Phoenix location to Paradise Valley. It has borrowed the concept of wraps and rice bowls and extended it to Indian food. You can order any curry or vegetable item of your choice, choose the desired spice level and order it wrapped in bread like naan, over rice or as a salad. Prices are in $6-8 range. You can also order online at http://bombayspice.com/
5. New India Bazaar, Phoenix: This place is a grocery store cum eatery where you can do your shopping for Indian groceries and also order food at the same time. You can go for munchies like samosas, chaats, pani puris or order meals like vegetable and non-veg thalis. They also sell fresh sweets made in house like jalebis. Other Indian desert items like barfis, laddoos etc are also available.