In Dallas, even omnivores eat happily at Kalachandji’s, the city’s most enduring Indian and vegetarian restaurant. The recipes are said to be ancient and beloved in India for thousands of years. Here, you’re treated to exceptional curries, greens, squash, potatoes, and other vegetables, as well as soups, rice, and breads. Popular dishes also include vegan mac-and-cheese, soba noodle bowls, samosas, and lasagna. Take the buffet dishes outside to dine on the beautiful patio (at press time, all food was to-go); lunch is $11.95, and dinner is $14.95.
Info: 5430 Gurley Avenue, Dallas. (214) 821-1048; kalachandjis.com.
Road trip tip: Two miles south of the restaurant in Fair Park, you’ll find more than 30 beautiful buildings, including one of the largest collections of public-owned art deco architecture in the United States. The 277-acre park was built for the Texas Centennial in 1936. Among the museums to explore there, consider the African American Museum, a cultural repository with a significant folk art collection.