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Jul 16, 2010 04:42 PM

The Vegetarian closed (?), anywhere else to get South Indian foods?

So I drive down to the Cities a couple weeks ago to ship up some carpet and vinyl for our customers, and I plan on visiting "The Vegetarian" restaurant in Columbia Heights on Central Ave. NE for lunch. My GPS quits on me (apparently the cigarette lighter on my rickety van was broken and it was running off its internal battery all the way down here), but I find it anyway.


It's closed. I peer through the dining room window and its is empty. The sign is worn, and by all appearances it is shuttered.

Is there any other places in Minneapolis, St. Paul, or any of the suburbs where I can find South Indian food? I'm talking about dosas, utthappam, idli, etc. Any restaurants devoted to that kind of fare?

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  1. I don't know of any place that is devoted to south Indian, but you can get those dishes at TBS India Cafe off 494 and Portland, Sambol in Eagan, and Curry Up in Maple Grove. I've only been to India Cafe and their dosas and utthapam are pretty good. It's similar to the Kabob's in the same strip mall in the semi-table service department, and has slightly better ambience and slightly higher prices.

    I would be interested to hear if I'm missing other places and/or recent reports from Sambol or Curry Up.

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

    Sambol Restaurant
    1260 Town Centre Dr, Saint Paul, MN 55123

    Curry Up
    13601 Grove Drive, Maple Grove, MN 55311

    1. Yes, there's a new (3-4 months old, I think) South Indian place in Columbia Heights, called Dosa King. It's in a very non-descript mini strip mall on Central and 85th, but it is one of my favorite Indian places (I'm from South India). Apparently the owners used to be part of Nalapak until it closed. As the name implies, they do dosa, idli, uthappam etc very well. Also, best vadas I've had in the Twin Cities.

      4920 Central Avenue NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421

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      1. re: ajithgeorge

        Wow. Just wow.

        I always imagined a "Dosa Hut" in the same Duluth neighborhood that Burrito Union is in. It would have a fast-food pizza place look (e.g. the neon menu sign) but serve up dosas and utthapams. Interesting to hear their is indeed a similarly-named place in Columbia Heights.

        1. re: ajithgeorge

          FYI, it's in Spring Lake Park (between Blaine and Fridley), not Columbia Heights.

          1. re: kevin47

            Thanks kevin47, yes it is indeed in Spring lake Park.

            tcdexter, just FYI - Other than the play on the BK name, this place is definitely a 'conventional' Indian restaurant - they're not trying to do Indian fast food.