I was shocked to read that there was an Indian restaurant in this food-forsaken stretch of Alabama, but as fast-food averse lovers/ frequent consumers of Indian food, we had to try it.
Though just off the Interstate, this place proved elusive. We had heck of a time finding it, tucked as it is into the side of a not-very-busy truck stop (L & B Travel Plaza). My phone's directions had us turning around and heading back to the Interstate when I spotted in the distance a barely discernible sign on the side of the building. As we drove up, we assumed the place was closed as there were no cars in the lot. (I felt like I'd been dropped into an Alabama version of "Bagdad Cafe.") My husband went into the darkened restaurant to investigate and soon signaled me to come in. The space is cavernous, making it appear sparsely furnished with dining tables (though there were plenty, none occupied when we arrived); a Punjabi news show blared from a large TV screen hanging from the ceiling.
Ok, so the place is weird. But the food was good.The smallish buffet table featured maybe half the choices you might get in a typical Indian lunch buffet, seemed more like the spread an Indian grandmother might put out for her family. We had goat curry, butter chicken, a couple of veg curries, dal, rice, chopped salad, fresh naan. And it all tasted "homemade," in the best way. As we paid our tab (typical buffet prices), another diner, an apparent regular, walked in. A car with a few men in military garb drove up as we were leaving. So maybe the place does have a following.
We had a good look at the regular menu, which featured all the familiar Indian restaurant offerings as well as some that sounded more intriguing. In the unlikely event we ever find ourselves in the wilds of Livingston at dinnertime, we'd certainly try Taste of India. And we'll seek it out next time we're in the area at lunchtime.
Off-putting aspects of the ambience notwithstanding, Taste of India offers pretty good food, especially in these parts.
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