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South Indian food in Boston and vicinity?

Is there a place to get south Indian food around here? My search of the Chowhound.com archives didn't turn up anything. (The search function is still not so great, although I did manage to learn that there is, or at least was, a south Indian restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee.)

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  1. I had thought that Rangoli, in Allston, had a good selection of Southern Indian food on their menu. Overall the food is pretty good there, though I haven't been in quite a while, since it's so hard to park around there.

    1. This place in Ashland (about a 40-50 minute trip from Boston) is really good.

      http://www.chennaiwoodlands.com/

      This place in Somerville is okay:

      http://www.namaskar-cuisine.com/

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      1. re: Bostonbob3

        Agree on Chennai Woodlands (which is vegetarian, FYI). Namaskar's strength is Gujarati (Bombay/Mumbai area), not southern.

      2. Many if not most Indian restaurants serve some South Indian food, distinguishing Boston from other cities. Look for dosas, uttapam, and chaat on the menu. Punjabi Dhaba is probably the restaurant most geared toward South Indian food, and is popular on this site, but I won't recommend it. Tanjore in Harvard Square, which seems to be owned by the same people as Rangoli, is OK, as is Namaskar.

        1. For southern Indian, Rangoli is definitely my favorite around town. The dosai are big, crispy, and enormous.

          1. Masaala in Billerica is great--just north of the Burlington Mall.