Best New Restaurant


Everyone used to gripe about how for years Missoula didn’t have a full-fledged Indian restaurant. Well, now there are two! The newest addition, Masala, started as a food cart until owner Theo Smith recently moved the operation into a permanent space at Ryman and Main. The changing mix-and-match menu features dishes like saag paneer, garlic scape bhajis and an array of curries made with local ingredients. Desserts are decadent and exotic, like the orange blossom cheesecake. The fact the restaurant has a genuine record player for its background tunes is just another testament to its good taste. Masala: 206 W Main • 926-6444 •

Finalists, Best New Restaurant

2. India Grill & Curry House • 400 E Broadway St • 926-2021

3. TIE:
Liquid Planet Grille • 1025 Arthur Ave • 540-4209
Pie Hole • 525 N Higgins Ave • 926-2233 •

Best New Restaurant: Masala - PHOTO BY CATHRINE L. WALTERS
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