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Choolaah Indian BBQ Lands In Fairfax Today

The Cleveland-based brand expands to the D.C. area

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Choolaah’s range of Indian offerings
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Fairfax’s Mosaic District just got a new ethnic food option in Choolaah Indian BBQ.

It’s the second location for the brand, which debuted in Cleveland in 2014.

Choolaah modernizes the 5,000-year-old Indian cooking tradition called “tandoori,” in which food is prepped in front of eaters’ eyes. The centerpiece of the 4,000-square-foot restaurant is a set of custom-built tandoor clay ovens that grill food at 700 degrees to lock in flavors.

Dishes, which integrate imported Indian spices, include chicken tikka masala, black lentil daal, lamb meatball wraps, samosa chaat, salads with choice of proteins like grilled salmon, naan breads, and kulfi ice cream.

Customers can go the gluten free route with lots of orders, and vegetarian options include a cheesy paneer tikka masala and tofu BBQ bowls. Beer and wine, Choolaah Chai, and Mango Lassi are also on tap.

The next Choolaah will be located in Sterling, set to open in a few months in the Cascades Overlook project.

Status: Certified open today at 11 a.m.; Mosaic District, 2911 Mosaic District, Suite 100, Fairfax, Va.; website.