Udupi Palace

Chicago, Illinois


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Upupi Palace is probably my favorite Indian restaurant in Chicago. There are tons of menu options that are vegan or can easily be made vegan. This place is especially worth checking out if you have never been to a South Indian restaurant - the menu is quite different from most Indian restaurants that you find in the US. You won't find channa masala or naan on the menu, but you will find a large selection of dosai (crepes filled with various vegetables) and curry dishes. My favorite menu item is the masala dosai, a huge crispy "crepe" made from lentils, filled with potatoes and onions, and served with various sauces.

Unfortunately, the restaurant does not label vegan dishes on the menu, but I have always found the waiters at Udupi Palace to be very helpful in this regard. On thing to keep in mind is that parking on Devon Street can be nearly impossible at times, so leave yourself plenty of time to look for a parking space (or take the CTA).

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This place is a solid vegetarian South Indian restaurant and a bit of an institution on Devon Avenue. You can't go wrong with anything you order. Service is friendly. That said, I wish they indicated which dishes are vegan on their menu; it's no big deal to ask the waiter, but I think South Indian restaurants should get the message that more and more vegans would eat there if they better knew the ingredients of some dishes. Still, Udupi is a classic.

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My husband and I treat ourselves to dinner at Udupi whenever we can--it's hard to get to if you don't have a car and it's a bit crazy to park when you do have one...but it's worth the effort.

Our favs are samosas, rasam soup (very spicy), mulligatawny, paper masala dosai and just about any curry (I love eggplant and spinach so often choose the Baigan Bhartha or Palak Paneer). I've tried their fancier sister restaurant, Tiffin, which also serves meat dishes, and didn't find it better. You really can't go wrong with anything at Udupi--go hungry!

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