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[MSP] Restaurants Serving South Indian Food

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tvdxer Mar 8, 2009 03:07 PM

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?

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The Vegetarian
4022 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55421

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

  1. cheeseguysgirl Mar 9, 2009 10:06 AM

    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
      AnneInMpls Mar 9, 2009 02:37 PM

      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!

      Anne

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      Curryup Foods
      13601 Grove Dr, Maple Grove, MN

    2. AnneInMpls Mar 8, 2009 05:04 PM

      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.

      Anne

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

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      1. re: AnneInMpls
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        Ms. Fennelbulb Mar 9, 2009 08:31 AM

        Yes, India Cafe serves dosa.

        Surabhi Indian Cuisine (aka, Surabhi LLC) in Bloomington also serves dosa. Their website lists several different kinds: www.surabhicuisine.com. 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.

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

        1. re: Ms. Fennelbulb
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          KTFoley Mar 9, 2009 12:33 PM

          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
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            tex.s.toast Mar 9, 2009 01:28 PM

            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
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              KTFoley Mar 9, 2009 07:41 PM

              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
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                tvdxer Mar 10, 2009 01:31 AM

                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!

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