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Where should I go for Indian Snacks (Chaat)?

Kathleen Mikulis Dec 17, 2001 05:12 PM

I'll be visiting LA in the next couple of weeks, and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on where to go for chaat - Indian snacks. I noticed a bunch of places in Artesia last time I was in town, but I was wondering if someone could lead me to the best place - there or elsewhere in Southern California.


  1. k
    Kathleen Mikulis Dec 18, 2001 06:23 PM

    Thanks so much all!
    I can't wait to try these places out. I'll be driving through LA over the holidays and then coming again in February with some snack-lovin' friends. We are psyched.

    I agree that the Artesia experience shouldn't be missed. That's where I went for chaat last time. A little disturbing though that half the restaurants there seemed to have a "B" health rating. Maybe the health standards are more stringent there. In San Diego (where I grew up) it was really really rare to see a "B". Go figure.

    1. j
      jerome Dec 17, 2001 08:49 PM

      I can recommend two places that I like. Perhaps others can be more helpful and more knowledgeable.

      First is Surati Farsan in Artesia. They have a website as well. http://www.suratifarsan.com/

      Second is India Snacks (I think). It's on Fairfax Ave just north of Pico Blvd on the west side of the street. Can't miss it (in LA).

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      1. re: jerome
        Samo Dec 18, 2001 02:12 PM

        The latter should be
        New India Sweets & Spices
        1245 S Fairfax Ave
        Los Angeles, CA
        (323) 936-6736.

        Great place. But no one should miss the Artesia experience.

        1. re: Samo
          kevin Dec 18, 2001 03:33 PM

          is this a restaurant or cafe? or a spice shop

          1. re: kevin
            Samo Dec 18, 2001 04:34 PM

            Like many shops with similar names, this is a shop that sells Indian groceries and freshly made desserts. I believe that it also serves some simple savory dishes as well. You can easily buy a tasty lunch here and eat it at a small table in the front window.

          2. re: Samo
            Sandra W. Dec 18, 2001 06:55 PM

            Agreed, don't miss Artesia. But if you're in the area of Fairfax and Pico, I prefer the small Indian snack shop on Pico (around the corner) between Fairfax and Crescent Heights, south side of the street. Don't miss the Bombay rice snack with lime juice and peanuts (their specialty). The pakoras are miles better than the place on Fairfax, and they have more of a variety.

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