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Best Indian in the Triangle, NC?

Hi, I am going to be visiting the Triangle this weekend. I am looking for the best Indian (preferably South Indian dosas) in the area. Any recommendations?

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    1. A friend of mine claims the best dosas are at India Palace in Durham.

      1. Best Indian is Saffron in RTP but they stick to mostly North Indian dishes and don't do dosas IIRC. If your heart is set on dosas andSouth Indian food you best bet is Udipi Cafe in Cary.

        1. Turmeric in Winston-Salem. It's new. They have the best dosas, uppam, uthapam and curry I've found outside of London. Also pretty good n. Indian- try their Keema Matar. Saffron is only good for tandoori (Nawab is the W-S spot the Saffron owners have)- they don't use fresh vegetables and spices are too mild.

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          1. re: renaissancegrrl

            Thanks for the tip on Turmeric; just the kind of information I come to Chowhound for. Where is Turmeric? Couldn't find it at triaddiner or on Google.

            1. re: JepJonson

              Winston-Salem is a bit of a haul from the Triangle - it's over an hour drive. For dosai, go to Udipi Cafe in Cary. In the next shopping center over, there's Cool Breeze, which has a bunch of different chaat dishes and some other Indian shops.

              Udupi Cafe Indian Vegetarian
              590 E Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511

              Cool Breeze
              740 E Chatham St Ste E, Cary, NC 27511

            2. re: renaissancegrrl

              Speaking as an Indian, not all Indian food is meant to be spicy. Certainly the South Indians like their heat but Northern Indians (I happen to be Bengali) like things on the moderate side.

              Actually, I've found Saffron's tandoori to be nothing special. Instead, I love their flash fried okra with tomato and onions, and their seafood dishes are wonderful. Their spcing has layers of flavor and varied, wheras as other Indian restaurants the curries can all taste pretty much the same.

              1. re: bbqme

                That okra dish at Saffron is on my list of top ten dishes in the Triangle. Their Chicken Tikka Masala rocks as well.

            3. Gotta give some love to Kandas in Morrisville. I have been there 10+ times now, trying almost half of their menu, and have yet to run into anything subpar. Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Curry, Biryanis, Mutton Soup, deserts, naan - all excellent. I have still never seen this place busy, though, so please support them so they don't go out of business. I don't want to lose my Kandas fix! :)

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              1. re: mgreig

                Udupi Cafe in Cary has fantastic dosas, I'm a longtime South Indian food fan, hey I've made and let ferment my dosa mix;-)
                Udipi Cafe is strictlyl veg and they make everything: their chutneys pickles, I thought I'd have to go back to New York for a real dosa, no way! Get their chickpeas, incredible, hot heavenly

              2. I like Udupi a lot too! India Palace in Durham is superb.

                I don't know if you'd consider this one the best, but it's pretty darn good...Laziz Biryani Corner in the Go Paks Bazaar on Hillsborough St. The menu is small, maybe 7 or 8 each meat and veggie, it's Halal Pakistani, but looks a lot like most other Indian menus. They have a thali platter with two mains, a side of rice, a little salad, raitha, and naan for $5.99 for the vegetarian and $6.99 (I think) for the meat one. It's enough for two meals for me. I love this place! Yeah, it's essentially a lunch counter in a convenience store, but the family cooks in the kitchen and they are super friendly. The service is pretty good too. I can only attest to the vegetarian food, but it's fantastic. I never would have gone if it weren't on the recommendation of a friend. I'm glad I did.

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                1. re: eightlegeddj

                  I have tried some but not all of the above and my favorite is Royal India on Capital Blvd. It's not vegetarian and they don't tone down the heat like a lot of others for their lunch buffet which is very good and many items change daily

                2. My husband and I stumbled upon Kandas today for lunch, what a pleasant surprise! It was delicious!! The buffet for the 2 of us was $20 and that was with 2 ice teas! ( not good! ) Drink soda! But the food was awesome, we will go back for more and more!! Everything we tried was the right spice level ! Give it a try!!