Jody Maroni, founder of Jody Maroni's Sausage Kingdom, started linking gourmet sausages in 1979 and now rules over a royal court of meat artisans who assemble more than 20 all-natural varieties. Many of the homemade recipes renounce nitrates and MSG and instead fill the natural pork casings with meat that is naturally low in sodium and fat. Chicken-mole sausages blend chocolate, cumin, and chilies, and the louisiana hot links steep in duck stock and smolder with Boudin-style spices. Like Iowa's delightful airspace, the meaty morsels have drawn bicoastal praise—Splash! Los Angeles argues that they "might just top the Dodger Dog," and Time Out New York thanks the eatery for bringing "rays of sunshine to the food wasteland of Times Square."
Cuisine Type: Traditional North Indian
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25?50
Parking: Parking garage
Most popular offering: Tikka masala, tandoori, saag paneer, samosa
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Pro Tip: Curbside pickup & validated parking at Maryland & Harvard. Elevator access at 109 E Harvard St
D?cor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your d?cor inform or reflect your culinary practice?
Our restaurant was a jazz club before we opened, and a Greek restaurant before that. We have tried to preserve some essence of the place's past, while adding our own unique touch. We had a local artist, Saiedeh Omidghaemi, paint a mural in our entrance.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
We have focused our menu on having something for everyone, not just spicy-food lovers. Since we prepare everything to order, we allow customers to choose how spicy they would like everything to be. Although vegetarian dishes are a major part of any Indian restaurant, we have expanded that focus to the vegan options, offering a wide variety of dishes to make a vegan diet a diverse and viable dietary choice for anyone.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Having started as a Mom n' Pop restaurant, even though we have expanded to our second location, all our base curries are prepared at one location so the food is consistent. We have a stage and dance floor, with live entertainment and a public gathering permit. Our events include open mic comedy every Thursday night, live jazz with a jam night for local musicians, and after hours club nights. We will be adding a monthly Indian dance show shortly.
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In 1984, Greg and Rose Tcholakian decided that, in order to truly share their traditional Middle Eastern eats with the world, a bigger kitchen was in order. That led them to open Carousel Restaurant in an intimate storefront. In 1998, they passed the business to their son, Mike, who expanded upon his parents' growing legacy by moving to a larger location, where he could incorporate more of his family’s culture into every detail. He enhanced the eatery's decor with traditional artwork and decorative scimitars, and put together a live band to back up a large belly-dancing troupe on Fridays and Saturdays. Over the years, Mike has also added to the menu, which now includes more than 50 appetizers in addition to his parents' signature kebabs and pilafs. Today he still helms the business, steering it toward its 30th anniversary and millionth belly shaken as his guests continue to come nightly for a taste of his family’s food and culture.