My visiting parents and I, South Indians all, enjoyed dinner at Annapurna's in Culver City. At least as good as Woodlands in Artesia where we've been a number of times and as good as the old Dasaprakash which used to be on the Westside. My folks live in the San Francisco Bay Area and they report that home cooking down here is generally one or two cuts above what they get up there.
We pay close attention to textures as well as flavors when having Indian food out and found that the bondas, rices, and uthappams more than passed muster on both counts. Same with the condiments. This is quite tough to pull off since the time between under and overcooking on some of these dishes is not very great. I especially liked the "Cocktail Uthappams," a sampler of five variants on the dish.
In contrast to some other comments from the group, the service was quite good. We could have done without the Bollywood b.s. on the plasma screens but they turned down the volume on polite request.
I'll be back quite often both because of the food and since it is much closer to the Beach Cities than Artesia.
--- Ravi in Redondo Beach