Nehari burrito / image courtesy of BBQ Tonight
File under "Yes, You've Got Our Attention, Go On": Orlando native and UCF alum Danial Ali's BBQ Tonight
, until recently a traditional Indo-Pak restaurant, has added some fusion dishes and the descriptions have our palates twitching.
Among the menu's kebabs, biriyanis, masalas and tandoor specialties, you'll now find clever mashups like a nehari burrito (nehari being a slow-cooked spicy meat stew), seasonal desserts (pumpkin spice chai recently gave way to peppermint ras mahal) and butter chicken loaded fries (insert HomerSimpsonDrool.gif).
Butter chicken fries / image courtesy of BBQ Tonight
Ali has also launched an initiative called Books for Bread, in which customers can exchange old books for free naan. From their social media:
For every book you donate you get 3 free naans, the limit per visit is 3 books per table so you can get up to 9 free naans for your meal per visit. I plan to start with about two empty bookcases and see how it develops. … I truly do believe a lot of the hate in this world against different races and religions just has to do with ignorance and it's up to us to create a space where people can feel comfortable to come educate themselves and just have a discussion, meet new people of different cultures, and of course to come and try some fire butter chicken fries.
Kissimmee is a bit of a hike, but we've got a bit of holiday time on our hands.
Peppermint ras mahal / image courtesy of BBQ Tonight