50 Most Interesting Restaurants

Dallas' Most Interesting Restaurants No. 36: Taj Chaat House

Leading up to our annual Best of Dallas® issue, we're counting down the 50 most interesting restaurants in Dallas. These spots bring something unique or compelling to the city's dining scene, feeding both your appetite and soul. 

If you're headed to DFW International from Dallas and you've got the time, a stop at Taj Chaat house could save you from a troublesome airport meal. The restaurant is fast, cheap and packs huge flavors. Plus a meal here can feel like a trip all on its own.

The masala dosas are great for beginners, and big enough to share. The massive pancake will eclipse your plate three times over, and it's filled with a simple but delicious potato curry. There are dosas filled with onions and dosas filled with the Indian cheese paneer. Pick one and hit the bar with condiments, pickles and chutneys while you wait for your pager to vibrate. Don't pass up on the chaat bar, either. It's filled with delicious snacks laced with tamarind, yogurt, cilantro and other refreshing flavors. 

And if you're feeling really adventurous, ask for paan when you pay your check. The cashier will hand you a sticky parcel of aluminum foil containing dates, fennel rosewater and spices wrapped up in a betel leaf. It's an intense way to close a meal, but the combination can actually help settle your stomach. And it's just another reason why a stop at Taj Chaat House is worth your time, even if you're not about to catch a flight.

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