|Vegetable vindaloo from Tandoor Grill|
The Tandoor Grill on Johns Hopkins Road is a casual alternative to the run of terrific Indian restaurants like House of India and Royal Taj. This is counter service in the shopping center next to La Palapa Too, and it's a slightly different -- different dishes, different spices, a few inspirations like the garam masala chicken wings.
There is the slightly crazy: the chile naan. Several of my friends have celebrated themselves by eating Indian bread stuffed with tiny, green hot peppers.
But there are other dishes that are just talented and unusual. I took out vegetable vindaloo on my last visit. A rich curry over tender vegetables. Seriously spicy, but really right -- heat that light up my mouth, but encouraged me to eat more. I'm a sucker for healthy food with big flavor. It means that you can eat a lot. I grabbed the vindaloo before meeting for a movie. I ate so much that I didn't even want candy at the show!