Indian Food in Baltimore?
I've been craving indian food, but I'm relatively new to the area and haven't been able to get much reliable input from friends.
Any recommendations as to where I should head this weekend?
Banjara was owned by the brothers who own the Ambassador in the JHU area, but they sold Banjara a few years ago. I love the Ambassador, but it can be a bit pricey. Anyplace around Mt.Vernon would be good. There's also one that recently opened in Little Italy (I know, a bit out of sorts) but I've heard really good things about it. Just can't remember the name. Try sunspot.net and check the archives under food, or check the back of Baltimore Magazine for listings.
We went to the Ambassador last night. It was the first time we went there, and granted, it was a Sunday, but when the food arrived it was lukewarm, the rice fairly dry and the food bland. They were quite nice about heating it up again--service was very good--and that helped the rice. Frankly, though, I'll take Bombay Grill over the Ambassador. Never been to Banjara, so don't know about that.
The place in Little Italy is called "India Rasoi"; you can do a Google search to find reviews (Sun, City Paper) and its own website. I've had take-out from there several times, and the food is pretty good albeit not entirely memorable.
On the other hand, the best Indian food I've ever had was at Maharaja's in Greenbelt--though this could be out-of-date since it's been a couple years since I've been there. I've been there a half-dozen times with all sorts of friends, and they've all raved about the restaurant as well. Get anything made with Ghee--even two years later, I can still remember the richness and flavors.