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    Copper Chimney is an Indian restaurant based in St. Peters, Missouri.
    Everest Café & Bar
    At Everest you'll find a mix of exotic Nepalese, Korean and Indian dishes prepared with only fresh, healthy ingredients hand-selected by chef Dr. Devi States. The menu is veg friendly and chock-full of organic vegetables: This is very much a health-conscious place, which means no processed foods or butter or heavy creams. Choose from the simple pleasures of mo-mos (steamed pork dumplings from Tibet) to the complex interplays of meat, vegetables and spices that fill daal, bhat, tarkari ra saag (a complete Nepalese meal: rice, meat, vegetables, pickled mango, a lemon wedge and a slice of cucumber). Everest also offers a lunch buffet every day but Monday, and with food this healthy, there's no reason not go back through for a second helping.
    Everest Cafe & Bar-Downtown
    Namaste. Greetings and welcome to lunch. Everest's return to the downtown area, now located in the former Union Trust Building on Olive Street just west of Seventh Street, provides patrons with a quick, filling and healthy midday meal. Open from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekdays, Everest does have a full menu with appetizers, soups and salads, and several vegetarian and meat entrees, but their typical diner swarms to the buffet line, which offers the opportunity for Nepalese, Indian and Korean food to tastefully share a plate. Around seven different dishes are available, with typical vegetable options such as korma and kimchi keeping warm next to chicken and noodle trays. White or Nepalese-style fried rice are offered, along with steaming hot naan and a ladle of garlicky, aromatic daal to complement your meal. Diners can also make donations to the Himalayan Family Healthcare Project, dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of the people of Nepal.
    Flavor of India
    Flavor of India doesn't veer far from the standard Indian restaurant formula. But that's no complaint. The daily lunch buffet is an excellent value and offers favorites (tandoori chicken, saag paneer) and unusual dishes (goat curry on one visit). Aficionados of Indian cuisine will want to stop in for dinner, though, when Flavor of India offers a wide array of classic Indian dishes along with its stock-in-trade, the milder cuisine of north India (such as kormas rich with nuts and raisins).
    Located in the former site of Miss Saigon Vietnamese restaurant, the recently opened and elegantly designed Gokul Indian Restaurant on Delmar Boulevard a block east of Skinker Boulevard features a vast menu of meat-free, kosher, vegetarian, and some vegan, Indian food. Starters include samosas stuffed with spiced potatoes and peas, deep-fried paneer pakora and mirchi bhaja, sections of deep-fried banana peppers stuffed with seasoning. Lighter fare is available, such as chhloe puri made with fragrant, slow-cooked chickpeas, and idli sambhar, four dumplings made of steamed rice and served with a vegetable-and-tomato soup. Larger dinner items include aloo began, a curried potato-and-eggplant mixture, and a vegetable korma, mixed sautéed vegetables with raisins and cashews in a creamy tomato sauce. Gokul also offers a selection of flavored rice and naan, including spinach, cheese, and garlic. On the second and fourth Mondays of each month, Gokul features a vegan buffet for lunch and dinner.
    Gokul Snacks & Sweets
    Gokul Snacks & Sweets is an all-vegetarian and vegan-friendly Indian restaurant located in Overland. It's the flagship location, with a second Gokul located in the Delmar Loop.
    Haveli
    A nondescript building on a nondescript stretch of Page Avenue is home to an Indian restaurant whose food is anything but nondescript. The kitchen offers a wide selection of chicken, lamb and vegetarian dishes, with lists of specials for both omnivores and vegans. Goat curry is a standout, rich and gamy, while Navratan korma is a complex vegetable dish to win over the staunchest carnivore. Lunch and dinner buffets. $$. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday.
    House of India
    Looking for companionship at lunch? Try these magic words: "Anybody wanna go to House of India?" Within seconds you'll be surrounded by friends and coworkers, all of them near-crazed at the thought of H of I's awesome $6.95 lunch buffet: the piles of chewy, fluffy naan! The fragrant pilau topped with vegetable korma or spicy chicken tikka masala! The veggie samosas, so crunchy-perfect; the smoky, falling-off-the-bone-tender tandoori chicken. The cups of cardamom-kissed chai, the soft bhangra music, the super-helpful (but never intrusive) service. Dinner's great, too.
    India Palace
    India Palace no longer has its stunning (if confusing to find) location at the top of a tattered Howard Johnson’s, overlooking the lights of Lambert’s runway. It now occupies the former home of Standard Brewing Company, which explains the industrial, modern vibe. Still, what’s important is the food, which remains as good as ever. Lamb vindaloo is the signature dish, but you simply can’t go wrong anywhere on this menu. Kids menu; lunch buffet. $$. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
    The downtown location of India Palace may lack its sister restaurant’s aesthetic charm, but what it lacks in atmosphere it makes up for in flavor. The extensive menu is filled with classic Indian dishes such as the rich navratan korma and tangy chicken tikka masala. The lamb vindaloo is a must-try. Hunks of tender lamb are simmered in a spicy tomato sauce that is not for the faint of heart, but its potpourri of exotic spices make the dish multidimensional. The dark horse of the menu, however, is the aloo palak, a mix of skillet-fried potatoes, garlicky spinach, onions and coriander seeds. It’s such a simple dish, but its perfect execution make it magical. Monday through Saturday, India Palace puts on a respectable lunch buffet. The kitchen keeps the steam table filled with a rotation of its house specialties, giving diners a chance to sample a variety of the same dishes that it serves at night. It’s a great way for the uninitiated to sample a spectrum of items before flying blindly at dinner — or for those overwhelmed with too many excellent choices to have a taste of everything.
    Despite its location in a strip mall, India's Oven provides an elegant décor for diners to enjoy an array of Indian fare. The menu features chicken, lamb, goat, seafood and vegetable entrées, including palak paneer, chicken curry and lamb korma. The restaurant allows guests to select a spice level that matches their tastes so guests can go for the gusto or keep it mild. Desserts include ice cream and kheer. The restaurant also offers a lunch buffet every day as well as catering.
    India's Rasoi
    A welcome change from the standard Indian-restaurant template: This sleek, colorful spot serves up clever modern takes on the timeless cuisine. An Anaheim pepper stuffed with shrimp in a coconut sauce? It's a "Bollywood Popper"! Elsewhere on the menu, the influence of Indian cuisine on Great Britain gets a nod in spicy "Calcutta Fish and Chips." Tandoori-oven offerings are classed up with the spicy, complex and exceptionally tender masadelar lamb chops, and game hen over rice pilau resembles something from a New American bistro. Too far from the familiar? Many of your favorite traditional Indian dishes are also available, both à la carte and as part of the daily lunch buffet.
    Indian Food
    CLOSED It's a family affair. Owner Zahid Khan and his son Zack work the front of his house, while Khan's wife, Shaheena, and daughter, Nazish, do the cooking. The Khans are originall from Karachi, Pakistan, so be sure to try the nahiri, one of Pakistan's most beloved dishes. It begins with a powerful burst of ginger, lime and cilantro, follows savory meat (beef or lamb), and then finishes with the subtle balance of spice for which the cuisines of Pakistan and India are known. Casual fans of these cuisines will recognize the rest of the menu - naan and tandoori chicken, saag paneer and samosas - all of them well prepared.
    Mayuri
    The well-regarded Indian restaurant Ruchi changed owners and name: It is now Mayuri. The menu and the quality of the food remains the same. The lengthy menu defies easy summary, but expect to find topnotch renditions of many Indian favorites (lamb vindaloo and tandoori chicken), as well as such less common dishes as kheema masala(minced lamb with peas) and bhendi masala, an okra stir-fry. Chile freaks, rejoice: The Andhra chicken curry is one of the hottest dishes you will encounter, anywhere. The lunch buffet offers an impressive variety of dishes frequently replenished.
    Mr. Curry's Buffet Express
    When lunchtime diners walk into Mr. Curry's Buffet Express on Olive Street downtown, they have only two choices to concern themselves with before paying their bill: dining in or to go. Behind the cashier awaits a row of all-you-can-eat (or fit into your Styrofoam carryout container) Indian dishes and items. Daily dining options include red and tender tandoori chicken, vegetable korma and Indian-style spicy, creamy scrambled eggs. Diners can also pair their meal with regular naan bread, crispy pappadam chips, basmati rice or vegetable biriyani (like fried rice, just not fried) and an array of yogurts, spices and chutneys. Their weekly rotating menu items include various lamb, chicken and vegetarian items, such as chicken curry, lamb vindaloo and the spicy potato and spinach aloo sag. Each day offers at least three meat selections and three vegetarian, which become vegan entrees on Tuesdays. Diners can end their meal with a cold mango lassi smoothie or seasoned rice pudding, and of course a few fennel seeds for fresh breath. Mr. Curry's is only open for lunch.
    Pazzo’s Pizzeria is another spinoff of Michael Del Pietro’s popular Frontenac restaurant, Sugo’s Spaghetteria. As the name suggests, the menu focuses on Neapolitan-style pizzas. These thin-crust pies aren’t cooked in wood-fired ovens, so while you get a crisp crust, your pizza won’t be scattered with those telltale and tasty blistered-bread spots. You can build your own from toppings standard (pepperoni, sausage, mushroom) and fancy (shrimp) or choose from one of the specialty combos. A few non-pizza dishes (lasagna, meatballs) are available.
    Pita Plus
    You might be tempted to call Pita Plus one of St. Louis' best-kept secrets - until you see the crowds thronging the tiny storefront at lunchtime. You'll still trumpet it as one heckuva value. The gyros are plump with shaved meat and utterly fantastic, the falafel - crisp outside and moist within - could convert the most savage of carnivores to the glories of the chickpea, and the baba gannoujh might be the best in town. Best of all, you and your dining mates can exit Pita Plus completely sated without spending more than $10 apiece.

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