Dining Gem in Dixon: Punjabi Dhaba

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After hungrily ogling Punjabi Dhaba from Highway 80 for over a year, I finally made the trek out to this cheerily colored Northern Indian restaurant. The spacious interior is a bit eclectic (the chairs, emblazoned with the word “Bienvenidos” – gave us a good giggle), but the marvelous aromas pouring out of Punjabi’s buffet line made me swoon. Memorable dishes included the assertive, saucy goat curry, the you-won’t-get-kissed-for-a-week-after-eating-it garlic naan bread, and the sinfully creamy, delectable chicken tikka masala. Flavors were bright and clean, the service was gracious, and the meal was a resounding success.

7800 Batavia Road, Dixon, (707) 693-6682; www.thepunjabidhaba.com