You know that kid who could answer even the most obscure questions on the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Well, if he had gotten "where can you find great, upscale Indian food in Minneapolis?", that movie would've had a way more depressing ending, because it's been basically unanswerable. Until now, that is, thanks to Copper Pot Indian Grill
Minimalist, airy, and bright as a slumdog who knows that Jack Hobbs is the cricketer with the most first-class centuries ever, Copper Pot's slinging a massive menu of "new Indian" with a "touch of American influence". Translated into regular American, that means clay oven kebabs like Tellicherry Duck (the eponymous pepper, olive oil, spinach, garlic), seafood like prawns cooked with coconut, coriander & chiles, and meat fanciness like lamb tenderloin in saffron & cardamom cream sauce called "Dum Puck", which's what your bro who talks with his mouth full will call you if you don't order Dum Puck. They've also got a 25-plus item vegetarian menu with stuff like pan-seared, spiced potato patties, and a doughy sampler (everything from naan to roti) called "Tour of Indian Breads", though taking fanny-packing, thumbs-up photos in front of said breads is discouraged
And, since it'd be a shame to waste all that tasty Indian bread by not using it to absorb something, they're stocking a full bar complete with Indian suds like Kingfisher and Taj Mahal, or what the kid who knew that the star of the 1973 hit film Zanjeer was "Amitabh Bachchan" now calls "my quaint Summer house".
1. Copper Pot Indian Grill
10 South 5th St, Minneapolis, MN
This well-hidden, super affordable Indian joint is serving up a menu of "new Indian" with a "touch of American influence." What, exactly, does that mean? Well, it means you'll be gorging on Tellicherry Duck kebabs, lamb tenderloin, and coconut prawns. They've got you covered on the drink front, too, serving up Indian staples Kingfisher and Taj Mahal. Try as they might, the folks at Copper Pot just couldn't get the licenses to model their restaurant after the latter.