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Where do you go when the curry craving strikes?
Where do you go when the curry craving strikes?
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11 Curry Dishes to Eat Right Now

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Where do you go when the curry craving strikes?
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Curry is as versatile as your favorite pair of jeans. Some are spicy, others sweet and tangy. Some are thick and gooey, others brothy. Some spread across plates, others ladled into bowls. Your definition of curry depends on where you come from, where you have been, and what you want to eat at that particular moment.

The very definition of curry can be vague. As a verb it means to "prepare or flavor with a sauce of hot-tasting spices." That can be just about anything from the sweetly mild green Thai curry to the vibrant pop of a firey Caribbean dish.

The good news is that no matter type of curry or curries you hold dear, you can most likely find it in the Twin Cities. More importantly, in the dead of winter, curry is the perfect dish to fill your stomach and warm your body from head to toe.

—by Theresa Swaney

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Afro Deli & Coffee

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1939 S 5th St
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 871-5555
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Afro Deli will soon open a new location in Stadium villiage, but for now, we're downing curry in St. Paul and curry is a simple combination of chicken, peppers, eggplant, carrots, onions, garlic, and African spices in a light yellow sauce. Served up fast and hot on a bed of fluffy yellow rice.

2. George & the Dragon

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813 W 50th St
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 208-1047
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This neighborhood pub in Lynnhurst isn’t your average watering hole. For starters, this pub has a daily curry on the menu. Drawing from his Filipino roots, owner Fred Navarro’s curry specials run the gauntlet of flavors, spices, and proteins. Maybe lamb meatball one day, maybe shrimp another, maybe Thai flavors, maybe Indian. No matter the day or time, you can stop by George and Dragon and be sure that your curry (and beer needs) will be met.

3. Marla's Caribbean Cuisine

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3761 Bloomington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 724-3088
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The Caribbean islands have their fair share of curry dishes, most of which are hot enough to make you sweat off a pound or two. Marla’s Caribbean Cuisine in South Minneapolis offers curry both straight up and with plate of island dumplings. Seasoned with imported Trinidad spices and slow cooked with cabbage, carrots, and bell peppers, Marla’s curries are the sort you eat slowly with large gulps pineapple soda between bites of spicy meat and vegetables. [Photo courtesy Marla's Caribbean Facebook page]

4. Malabari

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414 1/2 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 339-9385
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This unassuming eatery in Cedar Riverside is a cozy curry-lovers delight. These curries hail from the southwest coastal regions of India, and are unique mix of Indian and tropical flavors that will have your taste buds thoroughly intrigued. Try Malabari Kitchen’s Njandu Curry, a spicy concoction of soft-shell crab in a blend of dry roasted and ground coconut-coriander paste--mango lassi required!

5. Zen Box Izakaya

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602 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 332-3936
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Truly understanding Japanese cuisine requires eating a plate of Japanese curry. Introduced into Japan from the British via India, Japanese curry is a slightly sweet and mild stew of meats, carrots, and potatoes, flavored with curry powder and served with a heavenly scoop of fluffy white rice. Before devouring this uniquely Japanese dish, take a minute to admire the thick-brown sauce and pack your cold, weather culture baggage for this savory cross-cultural journey your mouth is about to take.

6. Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant

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510 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55104
(651) 646-4747
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No trip to Fasika in Saint Paul would be complete without an order of Alcha Wot, the Ethiopian variation of curry. Just imagine a plate of slow cooked curried beef and peppers served on bed of soft-spongy injera. Simple and tasty, Fasika’s Alcha Wot goes down easy with cold beer, easy grin, and good conversation. You can sidestep the red meat and order the vegetarian version of this must-try curry dish too.

7. House of Curry

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3420 150th Street West
Rosemount, MN 55068
The new kid on the curry block, House of Curry in Rosemount offers up a plethora of Sri Lankan dishes, including over 15 different curry options. From shrimp and fish to lamb, chicken, and lentils, you can easily taste the flavors of this tropical island paradise with these coconutty curries. Skip the 20-plus hour flight to Sri Lanka in favor of a drive to House of Curry where you can bask in their vibrant colors and zesty dishes.

8. Gorkha Palace

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23 4th St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 886-3451
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Gorkha Palace may be a modestly-sized palace, but the food and ambience more than make up for it. This is especially true about the restaurant's curries. Sourced from local and organic ingredients these bowls of spiced meat and vegetables come loaded with flavor. Order the chicken coconut curry, an intoxicating combination of chicken, jalapenos, cucumbers, and basil simmered in tomatoes, onions and a dash of coconut milk.

9. Masu Sushi & Robata

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330 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 332-6278
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It's like Sophie's Choice on a cold, winter day: order a hot bowl of ramen or curry? Enter Tonkatsu Curry Ramen. Ramen noodles, crispy pork, Chinese broccoli, and a poached egg in a salty Japanese curry-broth. No, this curry is not brightly colored or wafting with coconut aromas, but take one bite of this dish and you will realize why it is beloved. The broth is full-flavored; the pork cutlet is crunchy-soft and the noodles melt in your mouth.

10. The Anchor Fish & Chips

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302 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 676-1300
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Who says curry needs a side of rice? Why not a pile of fish and fries instead? If you want to mix things up, stop by Anchor Fish and Chips in Northeast and get an order of curry chips. Britain’s answer to ketchup, this condiment is a sweet and tangy, yellow curry-infused sauce that adds exactly what was missing from those golden-fried potato sticks and salty flakey fish, a little spicy-goodness. Cheers, mate! [Photo courtesy The Anchor Fish & Chips Facebook page]

11. Ghandi Mahal Indian Resturant

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This Banglidesh/Indian restaurant in Minneapolis' Longfellow neighborhood is an absolute gem, serving divine dishes using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible - they even have an onsite growing operation. Dive into a bowl of the heavenly perfumed curry and get ready for some serious spice.

1. Afro Deli & Coffee

1939 S 5th St, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Afro Deli will soon open a new location in Stadium villiage, but for now, we're downing curry in St. Paul and curry is a simple combination of chicken, peppers, eggplant, carrots, onions, garlic, and African spices in a light yellow sauce. Served up fast and hot on a bed of fluffy yellow rice.
1939 S 5th St
Minneapolis, MN 55454

2. George & the Dragon

813 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55419
This neighborhood pub in Lynnhurst isn’t your average watering hole. For starters, this pub has a daily curry on the menu. Drawing from his Filipino roots, owner Fred Navarro’s curry specials run the gauntlet of flavors, spices, and proteins. Maybe lamb meatball one day, maybe shrimp another, maybe Thai flavors, maybe Indian. No matter the day or time, you can stop by George and Dragon and be sure that your curry (and beer needs) will be met.
813 W 50th St
Minneapolis, MN 55419

3. Marla's Caribbean Cuisine

3761 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
The Caribbean islands have their fair share of curry dishes, most of which are hot enough to make you sweat off a pound or two. Marla’s Caribbean Cuisine in South Minneapolis offers curry both straight up and with plate of island dumplings. Seasoned with imported Trinidad spices and slow cooked with cabbage, carrots, and bell peppers, Marla’s curries are the sort you eat slowly with large gulps pineapple soda between bites of spicy meat and vegetables. [Photo courtesy Marla's Caribbean Facebook page]
3761 Bloomington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55407

4. Malabari

414 1/2 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454
This unassuming eatery in Cedar Riverside is a cozy curry-lovers delight. These curries hail from the southwest coastal regions of India, and are unique mix of Indian and tropical flavors that will have your taste buds thoroughly intrigued. Try Malabari Kitchen’s Njandu Curry, a spicy concoction of soft-shell crab in a blend of dry roasted and ground coconut-coriander paste--mango lassi required!
414 1/2 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454

5. Zen Box Izakaya

602 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Truly understanding Japanese cuisine requires eating a plate of Japanese curry. Introduced into Japan from the British via India, Japanese curry is a slightly sweet and mild stew of meats, carrots, and potatoes, flavored with curry powder and served with a heavenly scoop of fluffy white rice. Before devouring this uniquely Japanese dish, take a minute to admire the thick-brown sauce and pack your cold, weather culture baggage for this savory cross-cultural journey your mouth is about to take.
602 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415

6. Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant

510 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104
No trip to Fasika in Saint Paul would be complete without an order of Alcha Wot, the Ethiopian variation of curry. Just imagine a plate of slow cooked curried beef and peppers served on bed of soft-spongy injera. Simple and tasty, Fasika’s Alcha Wot goes down easy with cold beer, easy grin, and good conversation. You can sidestep the red meat and order the vegetarian version of this must-try curry dish too.
510 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55104

7. House of Curry

3420 150th Street West, Rosemount, MN 55068
The new kid on the curry block, House of Curry in Rosemount offers up a plethora of Sri Lankan dishes, including over 15 different curry options. From shrimp and fish to lamb, chicken, and lentils, you can easily taste the flavors of this tropical island paradise with these coconutty curries. Skip the 20-plus hour flight to Sri Lanka in favor of a drive to House of Curry where you can bask in their vibrant colors and zesty dishes.
3420 150th Street West
Rosemount, MN 55068

8. Gorkha Palace

23 4th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Gorkha Palace may be a modestly-sized palace, but the food and ambience more than make up for it. This is especially true about the restaurant's curries. Sourced from local and organic ingredients these bowls of spiced meat and vegetables come loaded with flavor. Order the chicken coconut curry, an intoxicating combination of chicken, jalapenos, cucumbers, and basil simmered in tomatoes, onions and a dash of coconut milk.
23 4th St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

9. Masu Sushi & Robata

330 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
It's like Sophie's Choice on a cold, winter day: order a hot bowl of ramen or curry? Enter Tonkatsu Curry Ramen. Ramen noodles, crispy pork, Chinese broccoli, and a poached egg in a salty Japanese curry-broth. No, this curry is not brightly colored or wafting with coconut aromas, but take one bite of this dish and you will realize why it is beloved. The broth is full-flavored; the pork cutlet is crunchy-soft and the noodles melt in your mouth.
330 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414

10. The Anchor Fish & Chips

302 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Who says curry needs a side of rice? Why not a pile of fish and fries instead? If you want to mix things up, stop by Anchor Fish and Chips in Northeast and get an order of curry chips. Britain’s answer to ketchup, this condiment is a sweet and tangy, yellow curry-infused sauce that adds exactly what was missing from those golden-fried potato sticks and salty flakey fish, a little spicy-goodness. Cheers, mate! [Photo courtesy The Anchor Fish & Chips Facebook page]
302 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

11. Ghandi Mahal Indian Resturant

Minneapolis, MN
This Banglidesh/Indian restaurant in Minneapolis' Longfellow neighborhood is an absolute gem, serving divine dishes using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible - they even have an onsite growing operation. Dive into a bowl of the heavenly perfumed curry and get ready for some serious spice.

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