Vegetarians will go gaga for this ultra-authentic South Indian restaurant, whose humble space facing the San Carlos Caltrain tracks turns out 100-percent meat-free food. Thankfully, butter chicken and biryani are nowhere in sight; instead, find explosively spicy dishes like chickpea batter-fried stuffed jalapeño fritters, dosas loaded with chili-flecked paneer, and savory uttapams that rule the day. All of these eats are sided by tasty coconut and toasted sesame chutneys. Kamakshi's space and menu are both compact, with only a smattering of tables dotting the dining room and sidewalk. The no-frills hot spot has become a favorite with the workaday office crowd in the area, so expect a wait at peak lunch hours. For a quieter experience, stop by for dinner.
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