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sesasheep Jan 8, 2013 11:48 AM

Anyone here have experience with Saravanna Bhavan on 26th and lex? Vegetarian friend is in town, and looking for an inexpensive place to go thats something a little different from the typical veggie fare. Friend has never had south indian, but is an adventurous eater who is always willing to try something new.

Thanks for your replies!


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    Lacrosse_Gastronomic RE: sesasheep Jan 8, 2013 11:51 AM

    The dosas are great.

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      Pan RE: sesasheep Jan 8, 2013 12:07 PM

      I've always liked their food, but you should know before you go that you may be waiting 30 minutes for your check when you want it, etc.

      Another vegetarian restaurant I've liked in the neighborhood is Chennai Garden. Madras Mahal is also good, though perhaps a shade less delicious.

      (Caveat: It's probably been a year and a half or more since I've been to any of these places.)

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        liblraryld RE: Pan Jan 8, 2013 07:50 PM

        Last time I was in this neighborhood, I was appalled to see some of the health grades. Hopefully it has improved.

        We enjoy Saravannas but I would stick to the dosas, which are delicious.

      2. escargot3 RE: sesasheep Jan 8, 2013 08:08 PM

        I love Saravannas dosas.

        But they also make another dish which is great called "adai avail" - a sort of pancake from lentil flour. A tad greasy, but very tasty.

        Dosas across the street at Anjappar also were terrific last week.

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          sugartoof RE: sesasheep Jan 9, 2013 11:16 AM

          Good dosas, but not as good as in the past.

          Service is always comically bad, and the standard there is rushing you through the meal, then ignoring you when you want to pay and leave.

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            escargot3 RE: sugartoof Jan 10, 2013 02:12 PM

            Ah that's too bad. It's been a year since I was there, and then the dosa was excellent.

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            plf515 RE: sesasheep Jan 9, 2013 02:24 PM

            I've been to the one on the upper west side and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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              villainx RE: sesasheep Jan 10, 2013 06:31 PM

              It's still good.

              I usually go for the dosa, or thali (if I'm hungry or want to splurge), or one of the sets.

              1. jen kalb RE: sesasheep Jan 18, 2013 08:06 PM

                We think Saravannas is excellent - both the dosas and thalis- and have not experienced the service issues mentioned.

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                  sesasheep RE: sesasheep Jan 19, 2013 06:18 AM

                  Just to report back, we ended up there last friday night, dosas were fabulous, service was iffy buy nothing horiffically bad, and very reasonably priced. We will go back, thanks for all your helpful replies!

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