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Gateway to India

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Photos by Dave Turner

Springfield has a surprising amount of ethnic food options, and that's a great thing. For Indian food, the vote is in – head on over to Gateway to India. While it might be short on ambiance – who cares, you go there for the food. Any place that serves such delicious piping hot and fresh naan bread is well worth the visit.

Visitors can order off the menu or try the very popular lunch buffet, something our readers missed during the darkest days of COVID. If you have never tried Indian food, the buffet is a great way to get a taste of many different Indian items, but be sure to come hungry because there's a lot to try.

There's so much more than curry here – there are wonderful combinations of savory and sweet, and some earthy intensity thanks to all sorts of spices and aromatics. Not sure what to try? Don't worry, the staff seems to have an instinct for newbies and are glad to help the uninitiated take a culinary tour of the subcontinent. Do yourself a favor and try one of the goat or lamb dishes, and make sure to try a paneer dish (freshly made cheese). Not quite that adventurous? There's always tandoori chicken or biryani (rice with spices and richly flavored with saffron). And don't worry about heat – Gateway can accommodate just about every palate.

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