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Chef Review | Ryan Nitschke

Let’s start this review off with a bang… or with some butter at least! Meet Ryan Nitschke, Executive Chef and Owner of Luna Fargo, Sol Ave Kitchen and Nova Eatery. Born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota, Ryan has received several local and national awards and attention including multiple James Beard Best Chef Midwest nominations and AAA Four Diamond Awards.

“I’m passionate about food and my community and the people that choose to spend their time with us, which is why I naturally choose to open original restaurants and concepts and work directly with local purveyors, farmers and producers. I love my city and my state. This is my home. I want to help make it the great community it is for my family, and especially for my two boys to grow up in.”

Ryan visited India Palace to try the Makhani Chicken dish, also called butter chicken. The dish is served with basmati rice. Ryan also ordered Saag Paneer, garlic naan and vegetable pakora with tamarind chutney.

“I love Indian food and India Palace is the best! When I order out, I tend to gravitate towards chicken dishes, and they do them very well.”

Luna Fargo
1545 S University Dr, Fargo
(701) 293-8818
Facebook: @Luna Fargo
Instagram: @luna.fargo

Sol Ave. Kitchen
1408 1st Ave N, Moorhead
(218) 284-7653
Facebook: @Sol Ave. Kitchen
Instagram: @solavekitchen

Nova Eatery Fargo
610 N University Dr, Suite 103, Fargo
Facebook: @Nova Eatery Fargo
Instagram: @novaeateryfargo


Super friendly staff. They’ll make you smile every time you come in to grab takeout. The flavors in their dishes are so bright and well-balanced. My favorite, the Makhani (Butter) Chicken, contains marinated morsels of chicken in a silky smooth curry tomato sauce, is so dang good. It’s sweet, smokey and acidic with a savory richness that still eats clean. It warms you without weighing you down. That, on a pile of basmati, and warm garlic naan to scoop it all up with, is so, so good. I also love the Palek Paneer (Saag), a stew of herbs and greens with paneer cheese—you’re eating healthy without even knowing it. And then, I need the vegetable pakora drizzled with tamarind chutney. It’s savory and crunchy and the sweet and tart chutney complements it so well. Altogether this makes the perfect plate! There are so many great dishes at India Palace, but my family and I love these so much it’s hard not to order them every time.

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India Palace
5050 13th Ave S, Suite 3, Fargo
(701) 356-6500
Facebook/Instagram: @indiapalacefargo / @indiapalacefargo

Written by Geneva Nodland

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