If you'd like to expand your Indian food horizons beyond chicken tikka masala and rogan josh, Copper Pot Indian Grill in downtown Minneapolis is bringing a bit of adventure to the cuisine. The new restaurant in the Lumber Exchange building is doing high-end, inventive Indian food with generally sterling service. The interior still seems to be almost exactly the same as when it was a Mexican restaurant, but the food, with entrees in the $15 to $28 range, is prepared with finesse. Copper Pot introduced us to a handful of dishes unlike any we had eaten before, like the elegant appetizer of jumbo lump blue crab cooked in coconut milk with curry leaves, ginger, and other aromatics. Tangri chicken wings were surprisingly delicious. Goat and lamb dishes proved to be some of the most successful, and the Tellicherry duck breast was also a standout. PHOTOS BY E. KATIE HOLM.
Copper Pot Indian Grill
10 S. Fifth St., Minneapolis
612 331 5577;
Appetizers $6-$16; Entrees $15-$28