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Carolyn Alburger | May 3, 2013 | Food & Drink Story Eat and Drink

The Pakwans and Shalimars of San Francisco—with their nostril-filling curries and garlic naans that stick with you for days—have their place in our hearts, but a new breed of Indian food vendor is pushing the genre’s boundaries. At Juhu Beach Club (5179 Telegraph Ave., Oakland), Preeti Mistry serves a menu of enlightened culture-benders, like vindaloo-spiced chicken wings and masala-dusted fries. Namaste India Market (161 Valencia St.) hopes to attract all sorts of food enthusiasts with made-to-order dosas and other Indian snacks at a street market coming to the street under 101. And in July, Mumbai-born sommelier Rajat Parr of The Mina Group is slated to open the Company Bar & Kitchen (133 Steuart St.), serving intricate bites like curry-spiced crab paired with East Indies–inspired cocktails. Check the gallery for five more reasons to cheat on your usual tandoor-walas.

Originally published in the May 2013 issue of San Francisco.

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