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Boston Restaurant Talk
Connecticut’s Tikkaway Grill Will Open a Restaurant in Boston
February 3, 2017
The restaurant first opened in New Haven in 2013, and it specializes in fast-casual, Indian-inspired cuisine. The customizable meals are available with assorted bases, fillings, and toppings. Customers choose between a roti wrap, a rice bowl, or a salad bowl, and fillings like chicken, lamb, chickpeas, farmers cheese, or potatoes.

Boston Restaurant Talk
Tikkaway Grill to Open in Boston’s Fort Point/Seaport District Area
February 2, 2017
A New Haven restaurant is going to be expanding to a red-hot section of Boston.

Vacation Idea
25 Best Things to Do in New Haven
October 11, 2015
Tikkaway Grill has a goal of demystifying Indian food for those who are reluctant to try new things. You get a basic starter – a roti wrap, salad bowl, or rice bowl – and add one or two fillings, such as chicken, lamb, chickpeas, potatoes, or cheese, along with many veggies.

Ridgefield’s HamletHub
34 Days & Counting: Meet Chefs from Tikkaway Grill in New Haven
September 7, 2015
Thirty-four days and counting…today, we bring you reigning champs, Tikkaway Grill located in New Haven. They are excited to present their Seafood/Cilantro Bisque. Let the Chowdafest countdown begin! Right here on HamletHub for 40 days we will introduce you to 40 local chefs who will dazzle your taste-buds and battle it out on October 11 to earn title of Best of Chowdafest 2015.

New Haven Independent
The Science Of Tikkaway
August 18, 2015
Gopi Nair grew up in Kerala, India. He came to the U.S. in 2001, pursuing a career as a chef. Two years ago he opened Tikkaway Grill, a healthful fast-casual Indian restaurant on Orange Street. Offering economically priced, “fast, fresh, healthy Indian food” to order with gluten-free and vegan options, the outlet (which is halal) became a big hit.

NBC Connecticut
New Haven Police Reward Drivers Who Yield to Pedestrians
July 28, 2015
Police in New Haven are rewarding drivers who follow the law and yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. Police say they’ve seen an increase in collisions between cars and pedestrians in crosswalks lately. The initiative is part of an effort to keep everyone safe. “I handled an accident particularly on Whalley Avenue, where someone was fatally killed,” said New Haven police Sgt. Mark O’Neill. He watched the intersection of Orange Street and Court Street for drivers who followed the law, and handed them gift cars to nearby Tikkaway Grill.

NY Times
Review: Tikkaway Grill in New Haven
July 11, 2015
In 2008, when the restaurateur Gopi Nair was working as managing partner for Fairfield County’s Coromandel group of Indian eateries, he had what he calls “a 2 a.m. eureka! moment.” He had spent three years trying to entice more discerning customers into trying Indian cuisine, partly by hosting special events like wine-pairing dinners at Coromandel’s South Norwalk location. But one night, he had the sudden realization that he needed to refocus his efforts.

Hartford Courant
Tikkaway Grill, New Haven
January 26, 2015
Fourteen months after Tikkaway Grill opened near the intersection of Chapel and Orange streets in New Haven, it has replicated itself near the Yale medical complex, providing a terrific brick-and-mortar alternative to the food trucks all around them. There’s even a little patio seating.

Ridgefield’s HamletHub
Chowdafest Chowda BEST Announced!
October 14, 2014
Thousands of chowder loving foodies from all over Connecticut converged at Norwalk’s Calf Pasture Beach to determine the state’s best chowder, soup and bisque at Chowdafest. Tikkaway from New Haven came in second with their chicken cilantro bisque.

Chowdafest 2014 Winners + A “Slurp It Up” Photo Recap
October 14, 2014
This past Sunday, thousands of chowder loving foodies from all over Connecticut converged at Norwalk’s Calf Pasture Beach to determine the state’s best chowder, soup and bisque at Chowdafest 2014. Tikkaway from New Haven came in second with their chicken cilantro bisque.

Chew Haven
Tikkaway Grill
April 15, 2014
As of today, Tikkaway Grill is the best restaurant in New Haven according to Yelp. With entrees that cost less than $7, food that’s served to-go with disposable utensils, and seven small tables, Tikkaway has redefined what it means to sell great food. The restaurant boasts a 5-star average rating with over 120 reviews, an honor for Tikkaway’s gracious owner Gopi.

Hartford Courant
Tikkaway Grill: Customized Indian Food
January 9, 2014
It’s so easy to get stuck in a lunch rut. Frequenting the local eateries quickly wear out, and your midday meal becomes an unenjoyable chore. Sandwich shops are convenient and generally let you pick exactly what you want between the bread, but maybe it’s time to put the bread down and try something new. Tikkaway Grill in downtown New Haven takes that choose-what-you-want concept and applies it to Indian food, and the results are delicious.

Fairfield County Foodie
One Man, On a Mission
September 23, 2013
Server: Are you ready to order? Diner: No. Not really. You see, I don’t really know much about Indian food. I am afraid that it will be too spicy for me. All I know is Chicken Tikka Masala and Saag Paneer. I had those once before and I liked them. Maybe I should play it safe and just order that. And that is how many a conversation started, while Gopi was managing Coromandel Indian restaurant in South Norwalk. One by one, and with great pride, Gopi tried to educate his diners as he converted them into happy Indian-cuisine-savants.”

The Yale Herald
Tikkaway, come to stay
September 20, 2013
“First, there was Chipotle. Then, there was Panera Bread. Maison Mathis landed around the corner. Next comes Pinkberry. All of these establishments, which joined or will be joining downtown New Haven’s restaurant scene in 2013, triangulate the fast-food industry’s mantra of efficiency and casual-ness with quality guarantee. And as it stands, there is a new-comer—a gem of one, at that—tucked away on Orange and Chapel, just one block before Elm City Market. Here comes Tikkaway, or as you might hear it referred to: the ‘Indian Chipotle’.”

Daily Nutmeg New Haven
Good To Go
September 18, 2013
“Gopinath V. Nair, better known as Gopi (pictured above), is a gale-force wind. He has a plan to reinvent the Indian dining experience, and New Haven—’the only location that made sense,’ he says—is ground zero.”

New Haven Independent
Gopi’s Dream: Indian Food, Subway-Style
September 10, 2013
“Restaurateur Gopinath (Gopi) Nair has opened a to-go spot on Orange Street that he believes can do for Indian what Subway did for subs and Chipotle did for Mexican food: make the dishes fast, cheap, and easy to eat on the run.”

CT Bites
Tikkaway Grill: Indian “Fast-Food” Opens in New Haven
September 1, 2013
“There is a movement underway in New Haven that may change the way Americans view Indian food. Often the domain of full-service restaurants, Indian cuisine has yet to enter the category of ‘fast casual.’ This scarcity is what some would call an opportunity.”