100 Favorite Dishes, No. 72: The Kathi Roll at Simply Dosa

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It's way better than a low-fat turkey wrap
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.

A freshly made paratha is a wonderful thing, even on its own. The flatbreads are rich and buttery, and when properly made they have a light, flakey texture that's a bit like a croissant. If you've been dining at Indian restaurants and limiting yourself only to naan, you're doing yourself a notable disservice.

Dipped into rich and heady curries, parathas become one of the most delicious utensils you can use -- an edible spoon that adds buttery flavors and textures to every bite. Or, you can just order yourself a kathi roll, which is basically the same thing wrapped up in foil for eating on the run.

The Simply Dosa food truck is a hard one to miss, with its brightly colored, paisley paint job, but you could easily find it with just your nose, as the smell of cumin, cardamom, turmeric and other spices pour from the windows. They sell kathi rolls made with scratch made parathas, girdled right there on the truck and filled with a number of curries. Grab one stuffed with lamb, and make sure to get plenty of the mint cilantro chutney.

The only problem is finding the truck, because it's only operated for the most part at events and festivals. If you see it out on the street, you should immediately rearrange your lunch plans. And if you don't see it soon enough, head up to Bombay Chopsticks in Plano. The restaurant is responsible for the truck, and while kathi rolls are definitely better out on the street, sometimes you've got to get your fix.

Bombay Chopstix, 2865 McDermott Rd, Plano, 972-727-7225, bombaystreetfood.com

No. 100: Pastrami Egg Rolls at Blind Butcher
No. 99: Chicken-fried Steak at Tom's Burgers and Grill
No. 98: Pasta with Uni Butter at Nonna
No. 97: Camarón en Agua Chile at La Palapas
No. 96: The Wings at Lakewood Landing
No. 94: Chicken Kebab at Afrah
No. 93: Trompo Tacos at Bachman Lake
No. 92: Fish and Chips at 20 Feet
No. 91: Canelés at Village Baking Co.
No. 90: Banh Mi from La Me
No. 88: The Burgers at Off-Site Kitchen
No. 87: The White Album at Spoon
No. 86: Ramen at Tei An
No. 85: Tacos at Revolver Taco
No. 84: Stuffed Chicken Wings at Sakhuu
No. 83: Korean Fried Chicken at Bonchon
No. 82: Grilled Branzino at Tei Tei Robata
No. 81: The Toddfather at Cattleack Barbecue
No. 80: The Biryanis at Chennai
No. 79: Shish Tawook at Qariah
No. 78: Arepes at Zaguan
No. 77: Goat Momo at Everest Restaurant
No. 76: Steak Tartar at Gemma
No. 75: Escabeche at Joyce and Gigi's
No. 74: Spicy Fish in Oil at Royal Sichuan
No. 73: Pupusas at La Pasadita



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Sotiredofitall
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Finally made it Chennai Cafe with family; judged most excellent.  Like the cooking is not "reinvented" to appeal to locals but kept traditional.  Wife asked for mild and was informed dishes were "it is what it is" and directed to a nice masala.


If you're looking for intense rich flavors and can take some heat this is the place.  

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