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The Curry Club

The Curry Club, which opened in late 2018 in Chesterfield, differs from many Indian restaurants in St. Louis in two ways: It has adopted the fast-casual model, and its menu focuses on southern Indian fare. (The Curry Club's five co-founders are all natives of the state of Andhra Pradesh.) The lunch combo, a remarkable deal, lets diners choose two curries from the selection on display with rice and naan. The signature Club Curry, potent with cloves and chiles, was my favorite of these curries, but I will return here as often for the dosa, made to order by a cook to one side of the counter and available with a range of fillings (onion, chili-cheese, Mysore masala). The menu broadens somewhat at dinner and on weekends.

Hours: Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday (opens at 9 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, closed Monday)

Last year's ranking: New this year

Opened: 2018

Many St. Louis-area restaurants are closed or limiting their dining options during the coronavirus pandemic.