Travel + Leisure: Best Indian Restaurants in the U.S.

This kitschy new gastropub is a downtown L.A. newcomer, but its chef, Pawan Mahendro, brings 40 years of experience with him to the kitchen. Badmaash means “naughty” in Hindi, and Mahendro adds a dollop of mischief to both the décor and his offerings. Consider the Pop art–style images of Gandhi in colorful sunglasses, or the chicken tikka poutine, a nod to his Canadian background. Wash down the Mumbai street food–inspired fare with a sugary Thums Up, India’s answer to Coke.