WHAT YOU'RE EATING: Authentic Indian cuisine.

WHO'S MAKING YOUR FOOD: In the food cart's early days, that likely would have been Masala founder and chef Theo Smith. However, with the establishment of a brick-and-mortar location downtown in 2016, Smith now has a more robust staff. Dude's got a lot on his plate, just like you will when you stop by.

BESTSELLER: Probably the butter chicken.

PRO TIP: Be adventurous. It's easy to gravitate to a favorite Masala meal every time (one Indy staffer can't seem to get over the chicken tikka masala). But the menu is full of delicious, authentic options that can broaden your worldview and your palate simultaneously.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY PARKER SEIBOLD
  • photo by Parker Seibold

PRICE RANGE: As low as $3 for the mixed lentil curry, and as high as $10 for the three-curry combo.

WHERE TO FIND IT: At the Missoula Downtown Association's weekly Caras Park events—Out to Lunch and Downtown ToNight.

WORD ON THE STREET: Masala got its start as a food cart courtesy of a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012. Donors pledged more than $9,000 to Smith's dream. Now that he has a restaurant at 206 W. Main St., you can get your curry on for lunch or dinner Monday through Saturday, and even top it off with a local craft beer.

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