Last week my eating club went to Teddy's, an Indian/Pakistani place on S. Grand. I gave directions in a very vague manner. 6 people were unable to find this place because they have not yet changed their name from Zam Zam on the sign. However, they are advertising in various publications with the Teddy's name. Just beware.
Teddy's is a former fast-food restaurant, complete with a serve-yourself soda machine. It was mostly clean, except for the tables, and had a somewhat claustrophobic green-and-white tile inside. There are also some outdoor stone picnic tables, but it was too hellish out for us the night we went. Bathrooms were acceptably clean. You order your meal from a smallish menu and pay, then they either call out your order or bring it to you. Not a fancy place in any respect. The new owner is from Hawaii but from somewhere else previously, judging from his distinctly non-Hawaiian accent. He was very pleasant and was happy to describe some of the dishes that we were unfamiliar with.
We were not terribly adventurous - 7 people and only four dishes sampled. The Gyro was heavy on the lettuce and ripe fresh tomato chunks, somewhat light on the perfectly cooked and spiced meat. The only real difference from a Greek gyro was the dressing, which was more tangy and mayonaise-laden than the yogurt sauce traditionally served at Greek places. The lamb curry had big hunks of lamb, served in a golden oily broth over rice. It was spicy and pleasing. The tandoori chicken, ordered as a breast, but served in dark meat pieces, was VERY hot and spicy. Obviously not your typical Tandoor. It was very good, but served on dry rice. Compensation for the type of meat was made up in quantity - 4 pieces of dark instead of 2 breasts. The falafel sandwich was a better choice. Generous patties of falafel were also very spicy, though, so if you have tender tastebuds, forget it. The sandwich also contained plenty of lettuce and good pieces of tomato, with the same dressing as the gyro. The pita it came in was chewier than I am used to, but I will chalk it up to being Pakistani, as opposed to just being stale.
Teddy's also features samosas, kebabs, dal, biryanis, curried items, and, curiously, hamburgers and catfish nuggets. It would be kid-friendly, but there weren't any there at the time I visited. All items are labeled "Hallal" which I think is the Muslim way of saying kosher. No alcohol is served and the only dessert is rice pudding. Prices are a little higher than what I would have paid for the meal, but overall, it is an interesting place to go and I am eager to see what the new owner will do with it over time.
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