Udipi Cafe's traditional Indian ingredients and recipes form the basis of its expansive menu of flavorful vegetarian delights. Serenade taste sensors with appetizers such as a delectable potato-cauliflower duet of aloo gobi ($8.50) or the broad tasting board of the assorted sampler platter ($7.95). Dry and spicy chickpeas swim in a pond of piquant curry sauce in the chana masala curry ($8.50), which pairs pleasantly with a side of paratha bread ($1.95). Indo-Chinese specialties transport diners to the northern climes of the subcontinent with flavor combinations such as vegetable hakka noodles ($7.95), and dinner specials fill traditional platters with offerings such as the royal madras special thali and royal south indian thali ($13.50 each).
Grills and stockpots sizzle as Carniceria El Tio #2's chefs imbue seven types of meat—ranging from familiar grilled chicken to exotic beef tongue—with zesty Mexican spices. Each morsel barely gets a chance to discuss grill politics with its meaty brethren before it slides into a soft corn taco, a hefty burrito, or a towering torta sandwich crowned with cilantro, cheese, and avocado. On weekends, the kitchen begets an array of hard-to-find Mexican specialties, such as pozole brimming with pork and hominy or menudo, a savory tripe soup.