★ Best of the Springs winner
$................ $12 or less
$$$$.......... $30 and up
TERESA'S PICK: THE CURRY LEAF - 321 N. Tejon St., 447-0608, curryleafrestaurant.com $$
The best place in Colorado Springs to find authentic Sri Lankan cuisine. The exotic flavors are a blend of spices from India, Portugal, Holland, China and Malaysia. Best known for Sri Lankan curries, and there's a variety of them on the menu. Don't miss the fried pastry patties, filled with saut?d chicken and potatoes, which are spiced with the chef's secret blend. The pappadum, lentil chips served with sweet and spicy mango chutney, is a tasty treat, too.
Dish not to miss: Eggplant curry ($9.95 lunch, $10.95 dinner).
EVEREST NEPAL RESTAURANT - 28 E.Bijou St., 473-3890 $ ☀
Known for its convenient downtown location, cozy atmosphere and housemade naan bread.
INDIA PALACE RESTAURANT - 5644 N. Academy Blvd., 535-9196, indiapalacecos.com $$
Specializes in North Indian cuisine, with a popular lunch buffet and gluten-free dishes.
LITTLE NEPAL INDIAN RESTAURANT & BAR - 1747 S. 8th St., 477-6997, lnepal.com $$ ★
Perhaps the best overall Indian-Nepalese restaurant in the Springs. Delectable curries, balanced spices and an excellent lunch buffet.
MIRCH MASALA - 5047 N. Academy Blvd., 599-0003, mirchmasalaa.com $$ ★
Fun atmosphere, impressive lunch buffet, famous Indian flatbreads prepared in-house.
TASTE OF INDIA - 4820 Flintridge Drive, 598-3428; food court at The Citadel mall, 750 Citadel Drive E., 591-2105; tasteofindiasprings.com $$ ★
Noted for its good saag paneer, butter chicken and tandoori - all made with fresh ingredients.