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Jan 17, 2007 01:11 PM

Indian in Koreatown/Wilshire?

I just moved to the area (wilshire center) and find myself in the midst of an amazing ethnic mish-mosh of salvadorean/guatamalan to the north, filipino to the east, korean to the west and generally southwest ... but directly south, there appears to be just a tinge of Indian (South Asian).

I've seen women in saris and kurta/is walking down the streets, as well as a string of groceries inc. businesses that appear to have been formerly Indian (retaining the original name on sign, now belonging to a different owner).

Just to keep this food related, I intend to scout a little further into the area, including the food counters at said establishments. There was a tiny Indian grocery at 3rd and Edgemont that had an interesting set up and signs indicating tasty delights, but unfortunately it was too early for food.

However, I'm wondering if anyone knows the history of South Asians /Indians in the mid-Wilshire area.

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  1. If you're willing to go a tiny bit west, one of my faves is India's Tandoori on Pico 2 blocks west of Fairfax. It's in a little strip mall across the street from McDonald's. The food is very fresh and they'll make it with as little oil or ghee as you like. The service is very friendly and it's not very expensive.

    (323) 936-2050
    5947 W. Pico Blvd.,
    Los Angeles CA 90035

    1. This just might turn out to be "your" spot:

      Makkah Halal Tandoori Restaurant
      401 S. Vermont Ave.,#3
      Los Angeles, CA 90020
      (213) 383-9976

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      1. re: JBC

        I love this place and they also deliver locally! Definitely worth checking out.

      2. I don't know the history of Indians in this area...I assume that a few families decided to settle there and others followed. But here is a good thread listing the various markets in the area. Makkah Halal seems to be the only full service restaurant catering to this community -- my Indian friend tells me that many people prefer to cook at home and when they go out, they prefer trying other cuisines.