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Indian restaurant in Midland, Mich.

Stu | Jan 19, 200210:45 AM

Cafe Tandoori, 2600 N. Saginaw Road, will soon mark its first anniversary. Co-workers and I say that any day ending in y is a great day to eat there. Tuesday is my favorite because mushroom curry is one of the dishes on the lunchtime buffet. That dish hasn't been on the non-buffet menu.

Among the lunch buffet's advantages is all the nan (a flat bread) one can eat. The non-buffet menu also offers delightful whole wheat flat bread.

A ground lamb dish, vegetable or chicken korma and a chickpea dish are sometimes on the lunchtime buffet. Call ahead to 989-631-0362 if you want to learn whether a dish you prefer will be on the buffet on the day you plan to have lunch. The fax number is 989-631-0364.

Two soups and rice pudding are included in the lunchtime buffet. So is a yogurt dish. Either goes well with more nan! (The nan's flavor varies a bit from day to day. It is best when it has just been brought out from the kitchen.)

If you are coming for dinner with a group, consider ordering multiple appetizers, both nan and the whole wheat bread, and different main courses so you can sample.

Lamb korma is among my recommendations if you are ordering from the menu.

Cafe Tandoori is near the back of a small complex on the north side of North Saginaw Road. If you approach from the east, you'll probably see the Bamboo Garden Restaurant (in the same small complex). Go just past the Bamboo Garden and turn north (right) on the side street. Enter the parking lot on your right.

Midland has a number of tourism opportunities. Here are a few: An unusual, wooden three-span bridge called the Tridge is downtown. It's near the trailhead of the Pere Marquette Rail Trail of Mid-Michigan, which is for bicyclists, walkers and runners. On the way downtown (on Eastman Road) from Cafe Tandoori are Dow Gardens and the Midland Center for the Arts. You also could visit the Bradley Home Museum (an 1874 Victorian home) and the adjoining Herbert H. Dow Historical Museum.Chippewa Nature Center has trails, displays in its Visitors Center, a gift shop and more.

I do not work for the cafe, Chamber of Commerce or any tourist attraction. I have been a Midland resident for more than 20 years.

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