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Birmingham Indian restaurants

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My family and I went to Silver Coin restaurant in Hoover again last week. Each time I go I get more and more impressed. I think it stands not only at the top of the line for ethnic restaurants; it's one of the better restaurants we have in town. Everything I've had there has been stellar, especially the dhosas, the goat curry and the channa masala (curried chickpeas). And the naan is the best I've ever had anywhere. Great people and great service, too. And they go for authentic spicing.

I feel guilty because I've always been a fan of Taj India, which for years was the only decent place to get my fix for Indian food in a nice setting. I also love the people there and it brings in a funky clientele. My one complaint is they dumb down their food a little bit in the spicing department.

I mourn the loss of Aha Bite, but its location is probably what killed it more than anything else. No comment on the other place -- per Mama's advice about saying nice things.

What's your favorite place for Indian food? What do you like to eat? Do any of you 'Hounds try to cook Indian food at home (we do have several nice markets in Hoover)?

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  1. Like you I prefer Silver Coin. I recently ate at an Indian restaurant on NYC's "Indian Row" called Haveli's, which was just a tad bit better than Silver Coin. They had this pickled cabbage condiment to put on the naan that was incredible. Anyhow it is nice to have an Indian restaurant in B'ham that is excellent like Silver Coin.

    Taj has a nice Holi dinner- I don't know if Silver Coin does similar type events during Holi or Diwali.