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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Udipi to Amma's Kitchen

Last night, after a late interview out in Springdale, I decided to be lazy and not cook. As I was driving down 75, I realized I was near Udipi Cafe, my favorite Indian place. My mouth started watering as I thought of the spicy chana batura (puffy bread with spicy chickpeas), dosai (chickpea flour crepes with vegetables) and vada (lentil donuts). It's my "date" place, according to my friends. It's the place I seemed to take guys on second dates, and where I made a point to take friends. I haven't been there, embarrassingly, since summer. Life has gotten in the way, and it's off Exit 9, so it's not exactly close to either Covington or Walnut Hills.
Imagine my disappointment to see that Udipi has closed. But: It's only changing owners. It will reopen this month as Amma's Kitchen, with that same vegetarian southern Indian food.
The decor, which was pretty sparse, is being updated, and some new dishes will be added, said Shiva Ream, the employee I talked to this morning.
more details to come. I'm very excited that this place will reopen, though I hope the food is as good as Udipi's. In the mean time, where do I get good (and yes, vegetarian, if possible) Indian food? Aside from Udipi, much of what I've had is mediocre.


at 1:28 PM Blogger mmascolino said...

What have you had that you found just so-so?

at 1:50 PM Blogger Rachel said...

There's plenty of good Indian food to be found in Cincinnati. I love both Ambar and Amol in Clifton, even though I don't quite understand the famed and fabled feud between them. And the Amol staff are super nice - one of the proprietors even showed me the tandoori oven in which they bake naan.

at 7:49 AM Anonymous Chakli said...

Udipi was my favourite haunt too for South Indian food. I am eager to see what Amma's Kitchen will offer. I called last night to check if Udipi was open (it's been closed for a while) and someone answered the phone saying Amma's Kitchen was opening on Jan 20th and it will feature regional South indian cuisine.

In the meantime, for good Chole Bhature you can go to BrijMohan in Sharonville. You should also try their papdi chaat and samosa chaat.
For South indian food (dosa, idli, vada etc.) you can go to Anand India, again in Sharonville. I have heard that they serve really good dosas and sambar.

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