Anyone unfamiliar with Dorchester might be shocked to know the area hosts such a preeminent Indian spot. Locals, however, simply smile at their good fortune as they spend yet another Saturday evening ordering in. Shanti executes every classic dish perfectly, from the garlic naan to the chicken korma to the lamb saag; even the chutneys are a touch above. And if you ask the staff to kick up the spiciness, they'll more than oblige (be forewarned). Shanti has since expanded to both Roslindale and Cambridge: the secret's out.
1111 Dorchester Ave
|Cross street:||between Savin Hill Ave and Melvinside Terrace|
|Opening hours:||Daily 11:30am-3pm, 5-10pm|