Long gone are the days that India Garden was dubbed a "hidden gem," an unassuming 50-seat Bengali hideaway set back from the road. Today, of course, it simply is called "that amazing Indian restaurant on Detroit." When it opened eight years ago, it ended a long and depressing string of failed restaurants in that spot, proving that quality, consistency and value will always trump so-called "cursed locations." All the classics are here — chicken tikka masala, saag paneer, aloo gobi, all done right and with a surprising level of heat. But don't stop with the menu; regulars know that just because it isn't listed, doesn't mean the kitchen won't make it. Swing by for lunch and you'll be treated to one of the best lunch deals in town, a 10-buck, all-you-can-eat Indian smorgasbord where hunger is replaced by pure satisfaction.
18405 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, indiagardencleveland.com.
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