India Grill (1112 S. Wabash)
The vibe: Elegant with gold-rimmed columns and chandeliers, but not fussyChicago Curry House (899 S. Plymouth Ct.)
What you'll pay: Entrees $7.99-$19.99
Ways to save: $11.99 lunch buffet; student carry-out deal for $5.99
Signature items: Tandoori mixed grill, spicy vindaloo dishes, mango lassi
Coolest feature: BYOB (there's a Sam’s Wines & Spirits across Wabash)
The vibe: Classy, white-tablecloth interior with fabric booths, carved wood chairsChutney Joe's (511 S. State).
What you'll pay: Entrees $9.95-$21.95
Ways to save: $10.95 lunch buffet. Student specials change monthly.
Signature items: Chicken MoMo (Nepali-style dumpling), clay oven-roasted chicken and Lamb Choela
Coolest feature: Nepalese cuisine and full bar with Indian beer and wine
The vibe: Casual, soft-loft feel with spice-colored walls
What you'll pay: $5.99 for bowls, salads and wraps, $7.99 "Create a Meal" options
Ways to save: Students with ID save 10 percent after 2 p.m. Weekly specials every Monday
Signature items: Lamb Rogan Josh, spinach paneer, baked (not fried) samosas
Coolest feature: You can see and sample dishes before ordering