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Tirupathi Bhimas - excellent South Indian

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Thanks to Melanie Wong for this tip. LA finally has a great South Indian vegetarian restaurant.

After an extensive test, I can report that it has spectacular chutneys, sambar, rasam, podi, pickle. The dosai, idli, pesarattu, and vadai are all top-notch. The service is pleasant and the space is large and light. I will be back as often as I can (it's all the way out in Artesia) to try the rest of the menu.

Tirupathi Bhimas
18792 Pioneer Blvd,
Artesia, CA 90701.
562 809 3806

Their web site below is broken: I found their menus but there's no link from their home page.
http://www.thirupathibhimas.com/
http://www.thirupathibhimas.com/Dinne...
http://www.thirupathibhimas.com/Lunch...

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  1. I'm thrilled that Artesia is stellar as well. This bodes well for the next branch to open in Foster City, south of SF. I haven't had a chance to post in detail about my meals in Milpitas yet, but I've linked a slideshow to the photos I've uploaded so far. I've tried nearly all the lunch items now, just the utthappam to go!

    Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Thanks for the great photos (and the great reviews you always post) - now I have to go back soon for the Malabar paratha and the bisibelebath.

    2. just saw the jonathan gold writeup for this place in this week's LA weekly. sounds crazy authentic, but the menu links are down. i'm guessing they have channa choor?

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      1. re: rameniac

        It did look really good from the review. What also looked amazing was the ice cream place he also reviewed. I'm totally there this weekend.

        1. re: bsquared2

          I emailed J Gold's review to my friend who is from that part of India (and lives in Cerritos) to see if she had ever been and she said they eat there often and it is really good. I told her to give me an hour before they go next time and I will join them!!

          1. re: bsquared2

            Went there tonight and it was very good. We got there a little early so we were seated right away. I could tell by those flashing restaurant beepers that they get crowded later at night. By the time we were done, it was starting to get crowded.

            Also, the ice cream place downstair is also fantastic. I had Saffron Silk ice cream (saffron, rose and pistachios). I only wish I could buy it in LA or keep it frozen long enough to get home.

            1. re: bsquared2

              haven't tried that saffron silk ice cream yet, but it sounds like something to what they might have at rose market (i think that's the name) on westwood blvd. or at mashti malone's.

              1. re: rameniac

                I do think they have something similar at Mashti Malone's. Personally, I always get the Orange Blossom w/ Pistachios.

                I thought it was interesting that they pointed out that they didn't use any eggs in the ice cream, so I guess it is Vegetarian? It is a really good combo to have some spicy Southern Indian food and the the ice cream downstairs. Seems like it could be a symbiotic relationship. There is also a Indian food market in the same mini mall.

                While not a big fan of mini malls, I do tend to like them in ethnic neighborhoods because it is easy to walk from one place to the other. When I go to Little Saigon I love eating at Quan Hy, getting some Che at the dessert place and taking some Beef Jerky home from Vua Bo Kho.

              2. re: bsquared2

                Ooooh! I tried the Saffron Silk on Saturday while wandering around randomly. Very smooth and tasty stuff, with a good blend of flavors; the saffron and rosewater complement each other nicely.

          2. Perhaps I should have started a separate topic for this, but I find it strange that nearly all south Indian restaurants are entirely vegetarian, as if no one in south India eats meat. Some of the south Indian meat curries are about the tastiest things you will ever eat - spicier and more flavorful than their north Indian counterparts. Does anyone know of a non-veg south indian place?

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            1. re: Dylan

              The owners of Tirupathi Bhimas have opened Kabob Corner directly below Tirupathi Bhimas (next to Saffron Ice Cream). They serve meat Andhra Pradesh-style. I have not been but was chatting with the waitstaff.

                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  I saw that post and the place looks exactly what I'm after. "Chettinad Chicken" is a fantastic dish, at least at the places I've tried it. Looking forward to trying the Kebab Corner's.

              1. Thanks for posting about this place, look forward to trying it. Really just wanted to add a comment so I can more easily track this thread.

                1. finally made it down to tirupathi on friday. great stuff, despite my unfamiliarity with the offerings on the menu. i'd post a more elaborate review except that i'd have no idea what idea i was talking about. my only disappointment is that the place has a fast-foodish sort of vibe. guess i was expecting something a bit less casual, given the aura of occasion i'd worked up in my own mind considering i'd never been to little india before. will definitely return soon, to try out other menu items as well as that ice cream place downstairs, which managed to close by the time we got done at the restaurant proper.