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Great Indian Food in Los Angeles?

Indian is one of my favorite cuisines, but I must say that I have yet to find an Indian place in my beloved City of Angels that blows me away. I've been so disappointed that I haven't even tried to find Indian for years. Hopefully there has been some good ones that have since sprung up.

The one place I really liked was Lawrence of India in Mar Vista, on Inglewood Blvd., just south of Culver Blvd. It was a tiny slot of a place run by a family from India. The father cooked, the mother and teen daughter served. The mother and daughter were always bickering with each other, none of the plates matched, the decor was bizzare. But the food was excellent, the service very good, and you could bring your own bottle in without getting charged a corking fee. On top of it all, the prices were quite reasonable. Unfortunately, although popular, the family up and left and moved back to India years ago.

But I digress. What's the best Indian place in LA?

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  1. I like Addi's Tandoori (Redondo Beach). Also, the Akbar in Santa Monica has a few excellent items (CTM and Chilean Seabass). But I agree, good indian is hard to come by here.

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    Addi's Tandoor
    800 Torrance Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

    1. The best southern Indian (vegetarian menu) I've had in SoCal. ....Udupi Palace in Artesia
      Little India area. With many restaurants, shops, grocers and authentic sweet shops too!!
      http://www.udupipalace.net/
      The spinich cheese dosa and samosa's are REALLY good!!
      18635 Pioneer Blvd. Artesia CA 90701
      562 860 1950

      1. The India Restaurant, Artesia. (For North Indian). I've been to alot of places in LA, and most are meh to fairly good, but this one is great. If I lived close, I'd eat there 5x a week.

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        1. re: mdpilam

          2nd for India restaurant...really good buffet...worth the drive to Artesia

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          1. I;ve said it a million times on Chowhound-the best (IMO) is East India Grill, on La Brea and Oakwood. The greatest korma I've ever tasted...

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            1. re: schrutefarms

              That sounds quite close to my neighborhood. I'll have to check that out. Thanks for the lead.

              1. re: schrutefarms

                I would love to find a good Indian place close to the West Hollywood/Fairfax areas. I tried East India Grill a few times several years ago and found it extremely disappointing. I don't think I tried the Korma, however.

                1. re: houndofmusic

                  Really? I'm surprised. I've always been happy at East India Grill. Great service, relatively inexpensive, award winning garlic naan....The only time I wasn't happy there was when they banned beer from the patio, because of zoning problems (it's since been re-instated).