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Kumar's

1301 Custer Road #510
Plano, TX 75075
469-666-0682
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The Top 100 Dallas Restaurants, No. 37: Kumar’s uses savvy “small plates” marketing to appeal to a non-Indian audience, but the restaurant is usually buzzing with south Indian guests who know the kitchen is turning out some of the best food in Plano. Unlike many south Indian restaurants, Kumar’s is carnivore-friendly, with snacks like fried goat meatballs and excellent mutton curry. But the vegan options here abound — go for the delightfully spicy cauliflower that’s marinated in seasonings and then fried, roasted eggplant or a masala dosa. And the “Breads, But Not the Usual Though!” section features a series of layered, stuffed and otherwise exciting flatbreads, rice cakes and dosas.

Top pick: Even before we eat — as we’re cracking open some BYOB drinks — we’re charmed by whip-smart, frequently sarcastic menu descriptions like “Curd rice: yogurt and rice, with fried spices mixed in … (it sounds weird, but tastes awesome).” (Correct.)

The downside: The “Other Indian” menu section has an obligatory stash of tikka masala, vindaloo and saag paneer, but it’s perfectly easy to avoid ordering them. They’re fine, but they’re not the reason to come to Kumar’s.

Fun fact: Kumar’s is one of just three chain restaurants in the Top 100 with locations outside of Dallas-Fort Worth. The other two are Uchi and Rise.

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