You don’t need to be in India to enjoy the delicious tastes and aromas of the nation. Even in Alpharetta, Georgia, you can find a handful of restaurants that serve authentic Indian cuisine at affordable prices. Many of these restaurants offer buffets at which you can sample the variety of flavors and textures to your heart’s content. Plus, vegetarians and vegans will be especially happy to know that most Indian restaurants, including the following, offer a wide selection of meat-free dishes.

Madras Chettinaad

Located at 4305 State Bridge Road, Madras Chettinaad is a popular Indian restaurant.  While many Indian restaurants in the West focus solely on North Indian (Punjabi) foods, Madras Chettinaad emphasizes South Indian foods, such as idli, vada, and sambar. Although the lunch buffet is quite popular and tends to draw a crowd, space provides ample room for comfortable dining. Madras Chettinaad is a local favorite when it comes to authentic Indian food.

Mumbai Indian Bistro

Mumbai Indian Bistro is a lunch-only restaurant located at 5354 McGinnis Ferry Road. The contemporary decor and brightly-lit dining area offer a refreshingly metropolitan ambiance to this authentic Indian restaurant. Although at first glance, the buffet options for vegetarians seem a little limited here, the kitchen is always willing to accommodate special requests. Mumbai Indian Bistro also offers lunch boxes for takeout, which include a variety of dishes in one convenient box (both vegetarian and non-vegetarian) — perfect for the office or on-the-go.

Bombay Flames

Located at 3050 Mansell Road, Bombay Flames is a cozy Indian restaurant conveniently situated within walking distance to two large hotels. Chef Sandeep Singh is a certified chef from India and crafts unique North Indian dishes with a Chinese twist. Like the aforementioned restaurants, Bombay Flames features an extensive buffet of classical Indian dishes, such as samosa, paneer, tandoor, masala, curries, and desserts, alongside a typical menu of appetizers, entrees, and drinks. Unlike many Indian restaurants, Bombay Flames also serves beer and wine. If you plan to enjoy the bar, keep your accommodation as convenient as possible by booking a hotel within walking distance to Bombay Flames.

Sanjha Chulha

Sanjha Chulha is another authentic Indian restaurant in Alpharetta offering a wide selection of dishes in its lunch buffet and typical entree menu. Located at 5815 Windward Parkway, the restaurant is a favorite of the local Indian population and tourists alike. In addition to daily lunch and dinner service, Sanjha Chulha hosts special holiday events with live entertainment and games, such as its New Year’s Eve dinner. The restaurant’s bright and colorful dining area provides a modern feel to an ancient cuisine. Sanjha Chulha may be crowded on weekends at dinnertime, so plan accordingly.

Even while visiting the Southern city of Alpharetta, Georgia, you can still enjoy authentic Indian cuisine. Remember that popular restaurants may experience busy periods during lunch and dinner, so be sure to plan your activities accordingly. If you’re in Alpharetta, you can enjoy both paneers and peaches; after all, you need not travel all the way to India to enjoy the delicious cuisine of the nation!