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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.
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.
Directly across from the action of the casino floor, the Kitchen provides an easy rest stop from the gambling scene. The Kitchen serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. As is customary at casinos, the Kitchen boasts a massive dining room, however, unlike other casino buffets, the literal "kitchen" can be viewed from the center of the restaurant behind glass. The Kitchen's various stations provide meals to suit any taste day or night.
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.
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