America's Best Neighborhoods for Ethnic Food
Mahatma Gandhi District, Houston
In 1985, the Gahunias family opened up Raja Sweets (5667 Hillcroft Ave.; 713-782-5667), a pioneering Indian sweet shop in Houston’s southwest Hillcroft neighborhood. Indian grocers and restaurants soon followed, creating a hub for the 100,000 or so Indians who live in the greater Houston area—and earning the official designation of Mahatma Gandhi District in 2010. Bhojan specializes in the cuisine of Gujarat (a region in northwest India), namely vegetarian dishes like thali, small steel bowls filled with spicy veggies.