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January 3, 2007

Udupi Palace

by gastronomicbypass

Location: 2543 W. Devon Ave.

In one word – Dosas

Food – When people think of Indian food, they often limit themselves to tandoori chicken or chicken tikka masala. Stretch your mind and venture into the cuisine of Southern India, which is what UP serves up well. The menu is all vegetarian. Here’s all the advice you need: You need to get a dosa; it’s like a crepe, a giant crepe. My personal favorite is the paper masala dosa. You just rip off a piece of the crepe with your hand and scoop up the amazing potato mixture on your plate. When I was little, I used to have dosa eating races with my sister. I encourage you to do the same with your friends and family. Competitive eating doesn’t have the cache it used to, let’s bring it back. Now it is slightly oily food, so if you have a sensitive stomach, slip a little Pepto in your pocket.

Drink – I recommend the mango lassi. It’s basically a mango milkshake made of yogurt. I’ve been taken to my happy place just thinking of it. And it’s BYOB with no corkage fee. You HAVE to love that.

Service – The staff is very courteous. And they don’t intrude too much, which I like.

Occasion – It’s pretty casual. Come for an early dinner or lunch with your friends.

Scene – The decor doesn’t make this place, it’s the food. You’ve got your stereotypical ornate Indian art to spice up the ambience here.

Dress – Jeans, cords – there’s no one to impress here, but don’t be a schlub.

Cost – CHEAP! $15 max.

If you liked…, try – Hema’s Kitchen, Tiffin

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