I travel extensively both inside and outside of Arkansas, and I’ve dined at both ends of the scale – five star restaurants and neighborhood barbecue joints, high-dollar steakhouses and low-rent taco stands. But when I come home, and I’m going out to eat just because I want to, I go to Star of India.
For more than 20 years, the enduring Indian restaurant on Shackleford Road has opened its doors to the masses, and opened the eyes of a lot of folks brought up on casseroles and hot dogs. For many, Star of India has been their first foray into a world of ethnic delights – and for many more, it’s become a regular haunt.
Those delights always include a few staples – the bright, fresh Kachumbar salad with its cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers and onion in a masala-graced vinaigrette; Star Special rice with bits of red rice;
Tandoori Chicken, bright red chicken pieces still on the bone, marinated in yogurt and cooked very hot in the tandoor; Lamb Kofte, pliant lamb meatballs in a mild yet dark red curry; delectable kheer with whole cardamom for desert.
All through those
So yes, that's it in a nutshell. Except it isn't. See, Star of India is my favorite restaurant. Anywhere. That's not a joke or a paid endorsement, it just is. I love the place. I love it so much, my friends threw me a baby shower there.
I'm not kidding.
Thing is, if I were to have such a shower today (which no, Hunter's my one-and-only), it could now be held in this brand new facility that's part of Star of India.
Sami's expanded his operation into the space next door, creating an event hall for banquets and receptions and whatever you need. And it's just as lush and pretty as you'd expect.
Have I sold you on it yet? What if I were to mention that Sami even tries to make my birthdays special?
Star of India is open every day. The lunch buffet runs 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., and delivery is available. For more information, check out the website.