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SpicyZest Sri Lankan Fusion

13920 Josey Lane
Farmers Branch, TX 75234
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  • 11 a.m.-9:45 p.m. Tue, Wed, Sat & Fri, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sun
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available
As the only Sri Lankan restaurant in North Texas — and one of maybe a half-dozen anywhere in America outside of New York and California — SpicyZest would be notable even if it weren’t especially good. But it is especially good. Run by husband-and-wife duo Nimidu Senaratne and Chamari Walliwallagedara, this tiny Farmers Branch storefront produces outstanding food, ranging from fusion snacks like the “spicy pancake bomb” to traditional special occasion meals like lamprais, a generous helping of rice, meat and vegetables rolled into a banana leaf and steamed. The owners are all too happy to help first-timers get to know Sri Lankan food, and their hospitality is first-rate.

Top pick: We especially love the seafood curry and kottu, a stir-fry of flatbread strips, a meat of your choice, carrots, greens and enough spices to make the whole dish a bold yellow.

The downside: It’s one of the smallest restaurants on this list, with only around 30 seats.

Fun fact: Thanks to some years in Singapore, Senaratne can also cook a handful of Indonesian specialties, like nasi goreng.

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