Best Indian Food In Pittsburgh

January 15, 2014 6:00 AM

Indian food is a perfect cuisine for anyone who likes spices. Places are available throughout the Pittsburgh area, but sometimes they are hit or miss. Remember, as India is regionalized into five areas (north, northeast, south, west and east), each region has a different style of cooking and may not use the same spices, just as different areas in the U.S. have different styles and selections of foods. The naming convention of Indian food is interesting as it can be derived from the cooking process, place of origin, culture, ingredient or texture. When the name is derived from a culture, the culture can be associated with a regime or dynasty such as the Mughal or Moghul eras. A small description of the dish is typically available with each menu item, and social media has assisted in bringing to life the dishes through the colorful pictures circulating the web. Get to know more about Indian cuisine in Pittsburgh by visiting these spots.

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Indian Spices (Credit: Diane Straka)

Indian Spices Restaurant
129 6th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 281-1364

This Indian restaurant is located in downtown Pittsburgh near the Cultural District and offers a wide range of menu items and a $9 daily lunch buffet. The regional style of cooking is northern India and offers some Thali-style cuisines which are associated with the Mughal dynasty era. The restaurant is open seven days a week in the city for lunch and/or dinner. It is near Heinz Hall and right across the bridge from PNC Park.

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India Palace (Credit: Diane Straka)

India Palace
137 6th St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 471-0660

Whether you are a new customer and want to sample a buffet to taste the food or you want a particular dish, India Palace offers buffet and menu items to suit each customer’s need. The food is prepared in the northern regional style of cooking. Any menu item can be served mild, medium or spicy and is accurately described in detail. India Palace is located within the cultural district and few doors away from Indian Spices Restaurant.

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Sree's (Credit: Diane Straka)

Sree’s Foods Authentic Indian Cuisine
701 Smithfield St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 860-9181

Sree’s Foods has three locations throughout the Pittsburgh area: Downtown, Squirrel Hill and Carnegie Mellon. It is open in each location Monday through Friday for either lunch or dinner, but not both. Visit the Downtown and Carnegie Mellon locations for lunch and the Squirrel Hill location for dinner. The family relocated to Pittsburgh from southern India and this is reflected in the style of cooking. However, some Moghul north-style dishes are available too. This family owned and operated establishment has been in business since 1991.

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Yuva India Restaurant (Credit: Diane Straka)

Yuva India Restaurant
412 S. Craig St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 681-5700

Yuva India Restaurant is located near the University of Pittsburgh. Although some southern Indian soups are available, the majority of dishes are made with a northern Indian style of cooking. This quaint, cozy place is nestled in the Pitt neighborhood shopping district below Fifth Avenue.

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Photo Credit: Diane Straka

Mintt Indian Cuisine
3033 Banksville Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
(412) 306-1831

The Mintt offers southern and northern Indian-style cuisine, and this location has a bakery that uses hints of Indian ingredients with the traditional cake-baking process. The Mintt Bakery can provide quarter, half or full sheet cakes for any occasion and cake sampling is available at the location. This spot has a party room and catering services available as well. The restaurant is only closed on Mondays and offers lunch and dinner every other day of the week.

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