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After reading the article in Westways this month I am heading to Little India. Looking for vegetarian food in a nice environment for dinner and also, a grocery store to explore. What are your suggestions? thanks!

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  1. Some of my go-tos:

    Udupi Palace
    Tirupathi Bhimas
    Surati Farsan Mart

    Each of them serves a different regional Indian cuisine. Udupi Palace serves primarily Udupi/Udipi cuisine. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Udupi_cu... . Tirupathi Bhimas serves primarily the cuisine of Andhra Pradesh. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andhra_c... . And Surati Farsan Mart serves primarily Gujarati cuisine. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gujarati... . They're all completely vegetarian.

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    Tirupathi Bhimas
    18792 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

    Udupi Palace
    18635 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

    Surati Farsan Mart
    11814 186th St, Artesia, CA 90701

    1. You may want to do a search as this has been discussed before on this board.

      My must-stops are Surati Mart for their Bhel Puri (I usually order 4-5 orders since I live in Arcadia and don't get there as often as I like). For food, it is always Rajdhani - Gujarati cuisine. They serve Thali - all you can eat. It is all vegetarian and some of it is spicy but all of it is delicious!! Lunch is cheaper than dinner. Upstairs on Pioneer Blvd. I love to walk to the grocery store on the corner of Pioneer and 186th and pick up some pickle and spices. If I am just a little hungry and am not eating a meal there, I will go to the restaurant on the SE corner of Pioneer & 186th (cannot remember name) and order their Karman and a Salt Lassi. There is also an Indian Ice Cream place further south in a shopping center that serves delicious ice cream in indian flavors. I love the ones that have rose water and cardamom in them. God, I love it. I need to get there this weekend!

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      Rajdhani
      18525 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

      1. The India Restaurant for Northern Indian.

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        1. re: mdpilam

          Unbelievable lunch buffet with different dishes each day - last time I was there there were 23 different dishes plus salads, naan and several desserts. The place was filled with locals attesting to the quality of the food.

          1. re: ZoeZ

            I love India Restaurant. My two visits have been very enjoyable. I live in Van Nuys and I don't have a car, which explains why I don't go more often.

        2. This is an older thread on the same subject I had bookmarked:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6428...

          1. Looking for northern Indian in Artesia--to take a guest who had spend several months in Northern India last year. I see one recommendation for the India Restaurant--but love to have a couple choices, just in case....Are there any others we should consider?

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            1. re: coffeebrownies

              Seeing this on CHOWHOUND is so timely!! A buddy & I recently went to Artesia for the first time for a day of Indian food & shopping..A mini-vacation abroad if you will! We had planned to go in & out of several buffets & choose the most appealing, but it appeared that all were spread-out along 3 super-long blocks with some tucked off-Blvd. into mini-malls. Famished, we ended up at the beginning of the long district & went into the first place we saw, Ashoka the Great. It was full of Indian people, but so were the other buffets we passed by later. The food was really good, but not great. The shopping experience is really fun there with gorgeous Saris & textiles, & a great cookware shop. It is cheaper to buy a few Bollywood DVDs than go to their
              local (pricey) cinema. Next time I will heed these good suggestions for a hopefully even more delicious buffet. I, too, love the deep pistachio ice cream imbued with cardamom, saffron & a bit of rosewater. I live in the Valley, & one can find this ice cream at the many Persian Grocery Stores. There are mainly three brands, & "Lalee" is the most refined. If you also love a good creamy Indian Kheer, this ice cream is sort of reminescent of it. -JET

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              Ashoka the Great
              18614 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

              Bollywood Cafe
              11101 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

              1. re: Jet

                I always recommend picking a la carte over buffet at Indian restaurants - buffets are invariable watered down and lack attention. In the Artesia area, Surati Farsan Mart and Rajdhani (which serves thali - all you can eat but not a buffet) outshine everything else.

                1. re: ipsit

                  Completely agree on both counts!!

                  1. re: ipsit

                    Surati is a gujrati shop and is my go-to for dhokla, khandvi, and jalebis. Rajdhani is great for a vegetarian gujrati meal. But if I want good Punjabi style food, I go to Ambala Snacks. Great chaats, awesome Chana Bhatura, and I like their Mysore Masala Dosa too.

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                    Rajdhani
                    18525 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

                    1. re: boogiebaby

                      Is Ambala Snacks related to Ambala Dhaba in Westwood? I ate at the Westwood restaurant one time, and was not impressed at all.

                      1. re: boogiebaby

                        I second Ambala Sweets and Snacks. It's also my favorite place in Artesia for Indian sweets. The only negative: it's more downscale than the other places mentioned in this thread.

                        I think Surati Farsan Mart is the best bet for someone seeking to expand his or her idea of what "Indian food" is. It's very diverse, but very accessible too. Many of the items--and virtually all the snacks and sweets--are displayed in a large display case.

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                        Ambala Sweets
                        18433 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

                      2. re: ipsit

                        Let me qualify this post by stating that I'm hardly an expert in regional styles of Indian cooking.

                        On my one and only visit to Rajdhani, I went with a traveling exchange student (he had spent a year in rural Pennsylvania) and he was unbelievably happy to visit Artesia.

                        We ordered that thali and I observed my friend as he took his first bite of real Indian food in a year. He closed his eyes and a huge smile stretched across his lips and he said "this tastes like home." I can't imagine greater praise for a place.

                        By the way, although it is northern style of cooking Rajdhani is vegetarian (so not the Punjabi tikki tandoori style that dominates more northern restaurants). I wish I knew more about the style of cooking the Rajdhani represents-- I'm sure someone more knowledgeable than me can elaborate on this point.

                        Mr Taster

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                        Rajdhani
                        18525 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

                        1. re: ipsit

                          Both Rajdhani and Surati Farsan serve predominantly Gujarati food (with the occassional Rajasthani dish sometimes on Rajdhani's menu).
                          Gujarati food is predominantly vegetarian, since the population of Gujarat tends to be more vegetarian than most other parts of India. The reasons for this are complex and manyfold, but a major one is religion - Jainism and Swaminarayanism, both of which preach vegetarianism and avoidance of foods that grow underground and "generate heat" within the body are practised more commonly in Gujarat than elsewhere. Gujarati food (when done right) tends to be on the sweeter side and most dishes mix sweet with savory or spicy. Flavors are intense, which is why thali i.e. a single plate with small quantities of many dishes, each intended to balance the intensity of other dishes is the way people eat.
                          Farsan i.e. savory snacks are served as part of a meal but are also eaten as breakfast or as part of evening tea.

                          Indian regional cooking is INCREDIBLY diverse, and for the most part woefully underrepresented in restaurants everywhere (including in India) - the most authentic Indian food is always found in homes. Indians eat out when they crave rich, greasy, spicy, or too-cumbersome-to-make-at-home-regularly food. Hence, Indian home cooking rarely reflects restaurant food. Rajdhani is somewhat of an exception to this rule.

                          1. re: ipsit

                            Once again, I agree. I am not Indian, but my friend is from the Gujarat region and I took her to Rajdhani the first time (she lives in Cerritos about 5 minutes from Little India and shops there all the time, but she had never been to Rajdhani). She said the food is very much like that at home (she also realized she knows the owners when we were there). She is a fantastic cook and does not eat out all that often. She took her family there and they all agreed that it is very authentic.
                            My favorite thing to get from Surati Farsan is the Bhel Puri. I often get a few orders to go since I live in Arcadia and don't make it down there as much as I would like. Also, the eatery/store on the corner of Pioneer on the same street as Surati - that is where I go to get my Karman fix. They know me now and know to bring me a lot of the green mint chutney and my Salt Lassi. ;-)

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                            Rajdhani
                            18525 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

                            1. re: ipsit

                              Ipsit, thanks for this. This is exactly what I was looking for.

                              Mr Taster

                      3. Jay Bharat has very good thalis. They also have excellent mango shrikhand. I've been recently hooked on Udupi Palace and notice that their use of hing or asafoetida (aka devil's dung) in their sambar and other dishes is addicting. I bought some hing to flavor some dishes that I make and it's not something you really want to stock in your pantry. It will stink up your pantry nicely even though the container resembles a childproof medicine container. Anyways, if it's a weekday, the thali at Jay Bharat would probably be better than Udupis. Also the paper dosas are excellent at Udupi.

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                        Jay Bharat
                        18701 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

                        Udupi Palace
                        18635 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701