Standard India Restaurant, located at 917 W. Belmont St., Chicago, is my go-to Indian place when having a city adventure with friends. It’s usually the first place we consider when we hang around Belmont, or anywhere in the city, for that matter!
Unfortunately, I do not get to go to Standard India as much as I would like since I live in the suburbs of Chicago. I only am able to get out there a few times a year. Yet, even with my infrequent attendance, the charming host never fails to recognize us and greet us with a warmth and sincerity that you rarely see anymore. He always checks in with us during our meal and will often send over samples of new things for us to try. Waiters dressed in traditional Indian dress walk around and bring different kinds of naan bread as if you were royalty. You really feel like you are more than just a customer. They have a way of making you feel like a VIP just for being there. Standard India’s customer service is easily among the best I’ve ever seen.
Service aside, Standard India’s food is also top-notch. It’s the only place I would consider when introducing a new friend to the exquisite treat that is Indian cuisine. The restaurant’s buffet allows Indian food virgins to pick and choose what interests them in a risk-free setting. A la carte ordering is also available for more seasoned Indian food aficionados. There is a wide variety of options, so no one should walk away from the table dissatisfied. Additionally, the host constantly sends over different little samples of foods that are absolutely to die for, most notably the lamb vindaloo. It really tickles the tongue in the most delightful way.
You have to walk into Standard India with the expectation that you are going to be completely stuffed upon finishing your meal. It’s the one certainty that can be guaranteed. The food is just too delicious to ever resist. Everything that is placed in front of you is strictly to die for. I almost have to mentally prepare myself beforehand because I know I am bound for a tremendous feast. It’s a great place to go if you want to use your meal as a celebration of an event or birthday.
Standard India Restaurant is Chicago’s premiere Indian restaurant. I’m constantly blown away by the customer service and the impeccably high quality food that they provide for their customers. Due to Standard India’s magnificence, I have little to no interest in exploring Devon Street, which is more traditionally known as Chicago’s “Little India.” It’s hard for me to believe that anywhere else can top Standard India. Go and try it for yourself.