Chautara Nepali RestaurantIt’s been nearly a decade since I had a dinner of dal bhat, the Nepali national meal, so tonight was a real treat. I’m canvassing the foodie-friendly city of Madison, Wisconsin for great restaurants and shopping to include in a magazine article, and came across this sign on State Street after spending a good half hour browsing Shakti, a shop where incense, minerals, pithy bumper stickers, and philosophical and religious tomes share space.

What a delight to find Chautara, to enjoy a steamy spicy bowl of dal followed by bhat tarkari, a celebration of spices amid a curry of tomatoes, onions, eggplant, green beans, and fiery potatoes. Yum!