Chill Out

arsh winters make summer here all the sweeter and our appetite to savor it insatiable. Increasingly, more restaurants offer outdoor dining to placate our lust to remain outside. The Indian restaurants I grew up with were hole-in-the-wall, stuffy places oddly decorated with flocked wallpaper. Maharani is bright and cheery with a commodious patio. The food is as fresh as the outdoor air. The menu includes many old standards and a superior selection of likable vegetarian victuals. ‘Tis the season for an Indian barbecue—meat, chicken and seafood cooked over charcoal in the tandoor clay oven.

Maharani Indian Restaurant380 W. Washington Ave.251-9999