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Mar 8, 2009 03:07 PM

[MSP] Restaurants Serving South Indian Food

What restaurants in the Twin Cities area (or elsewhere in Minnesota) serve South Indian food?

I'm aware of The Vegetarian and Nala Pak, but there have to be others. Maybe a "normal" Indian restaurant with South Indian items on their menu.

Lately I've been craving a cheese dosa. Is anybody aware of an area restaurant with that on their menu?

The Vegetarian
4022 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55421

Nala Pak
4920 Central Avenue NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421

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  1. I think I've seen dosa on the menu at India Cafe. And I think they do South Indian food. But I can't swear to it, and they don't have a web site to check.

    In any case, India Cafe has tasty food.


    TBS India Cafe
    7826 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55420

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    1. re: AnneInMpls

      Yes, India Cafe serves dosa.

      Surabhi Indian Cuisine (aka, Surabhi LLC) in Bloomington also serves dosa. Their website lists several different kinds: They always have a lot of South Asian customers. (Contrary to what the link says below, the restaurant is in Bloomington, as you can probably see from the address. I don't know how to correct that.


      At both of these places, I love rava masala dosa.

      Surabhi Indian Cuisine
      517 W 98th St, Bloomington, MN 55420

      1. re: Ms. Fennelbulb

        From what I can tell, none of the dosa are stuffed with cheese. I'm not sure the southern Indian cuisine is all that big on cheese/paneer.

        However, you can get Paneer Paratha -- a northern Indian specialty -- which is their version of flat bread stuffed with cheese.

        1. re: KTFoley

          Paneer-stuffed dosai are not abominations, nor are their makers considered heretics. tis true that the people of the south don't love dairy products as much, but i dont recall seeing too many dosa-filled menus without cheese-filled dosas.

          Then again, what do i know - i just looked online at both nalapak and the vegetarian's menus and dont see a paneer dosa on either. that said i dont usually order them so i havent taken to looking for them on menus - the nalapak menu linked to through their site lists 1100 harmon place as the address, and doesnt exaclty look much like the menu i rember from my last trip to the central ave location - has there been intermingling of menu items from dancing ganesha or is this just another technical snafu which isnt reflective of actual changes at the restaurant?

          1. re: tex.s.toast

            Fear not, no aspersions are being cast on those who seek or serve paneer dosas.

            The message is simply this: the last two posts praise India Cafe which DOESN'T ACTUALLY HAVE what the original poster is looking for. Since he would be coming from Duluth, that little detail probably makes a difference.

            Further, I can't suggest a better option because I haven't seen it on a menu recently.

            1. re: KTFoley

              Curry Up seems to have a cheese dosa.

              However, I am interested in any restaurant with South Indian food. That Surabhi link was great, too - I love how they have pictures of all their items!

    2. I know Curry Up in Maple Grove does serve dosa there, as well as lots of other South Indian food. I can also get pani puri there (the dish contains small, maybe 2" round puffed crispy fried shells that you crack open and fill with veggies, legumes, and a savory thin watery sauce), and have not found it at any other Indian restaurant here.

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      1. re: cheeseguysgirl

        Here's a link for Curry Up, to help inspire me to get there. I once had pani puri at the late, lamented Bombay 2 Deli, and it's definitely worth seeking out. Such a tasty treat!


        Curryup Foods
        13601 Grove Dr, Maple Grove, MN