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Holi Indian Grill ( A Flavor of Joy )

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Holi Indian Grill (A Flavor of Joy) - A Culinary Journey of the Country
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4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Holi Indian Grill (A Flavor of Joy) offers a spicy exploration of the best foods across the country. The chef is renowned for his commitment to flavor, and customers can taste his passion in every dish. Whether you're looking for malai kofta or chicken tikka masala, you'll find something to give you a much-needed break from the standard burgers and fries of the coast. 

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

Indian food has such a complexity to it that its flavors can elevate nearly any palate to new levels. Holi Indian Grill in Panama City Beach brings you dishes for all over India, and a wide variety of vegetarian and carnivore-friendly options. 

If you’re intimidated by the authentic spices used here, you can rest assured that the chefs are happy to tone down the flavor (or tone it up if that’s what you prefer). And for members of the group who would prefer another type of Asian cuisine, Holi also offers Indo-Chinese dishes, like Hakka noodles or fried rice. 

Holi is a two-day Hindu festival that celebrates the renewal and peace of spring. On the first night of the festival, stalks of barley are used to light wood aflame. This ritual is a way of expressing that the good of the world will overcome the evil within. On the second day, people will come to public places to sing, dance, and throw colored powder at each other in a celebration of life and love.

This holiday is a way of gathering everyone together, regardless of caste and inspiring friendship between everyone. This belief is the foundation for the restaurant, and each menu item is meant to infuse the joy of this feeling of acceptance and love into every bite. 

The resident chef here is named Karan Negi, and his skill set is designed to take you through the country of India on a culinary journey you won’t soon forget. Originally from Mumbai, Negi has had enough positions in the industry to bring in flavors from across his homeland. He’s also worked in a variety of countries, including Mexico and the Bahamas. 

Don’t miss the following favorites if you stop by Holi Indian Grill (A Flavor of Joy):

Chicken Tikka Masala 
The tangy and sweet sauce in this famous dish has become beloved for a reason. The tomato-based curry is perfect for being sopped up with a handful of naan, and the chunks of chicken are infused with so much flavor from the grill that you’ll be left wanting more with every bite. 

Paneer Kathi Roll
Paneer is a flavorful kind of Indian cheese that comes in cubes. Similar to a mild, solid cottage cheese, it absorbs the flavors of the surrounding dish. With the kathi roll, you get an easy-to-eat, handheld wrap that features paneer bathed in a spicy cream. 

Vegetarian Samosas 
The potatoes and peas in a samosa receive a serious flavor treatment. The seasoning in every bite is balanced to perfection, and the delectable pastry that surrounds it makes for an excellent snack or appetizer. The only problem is you may have a hard time moving onto the main dish after you finish off the last bite!

Holi Indian Grill (A Flavor of Joy) may not look like a gem from the outside, but the locals and tourists who frequent this place will tell you otherwise. With its world-class chef and authentic dishes, this is the place to be if you’ve got a hankering for masterful flavors right here in Panama City Beach.

Insider Tips:
– If you’re not feeling up for dining in, feel free to order carry-out or delivery. 
– For those visiting in early spring, you may just find yourself smack dab in the middle of the color war that is the Holi festival. 
– Holi Indian Grill offers vegetarian, non-vegetarian, and gluten-free meals to satisfy nearly any diet.