In August 2012, my family and I visited Grand Canyon. I enjoyed the breathtaking views of the desert, in Arizona. In Grand Canyon, it's really very hard to get good vegetarian food. We thrived on lara bars, store-bought Indian snacks such as chakli(deep-fried rice flour spirals) and fresh fruits.
We had good food in Udupi Café in Tempe, close to Phoenix. Udupi Café
The lunch buffet was a treat to my eyes. Most of the buffet was vegan. There were so many vegan items. South Indian dishes such as rice, sambhar( lentils and vegetables thick soup), chutney(ground coconut with spices), beans poriyal(fresh green beans cooked in few spices), idli(thick rice and lentils cake), pakoras(deep-fried vegetable fritters),and vegetable biryani.
Udipi Café is vegan-friendly. In some restaurants, dosas(rice and lentil crepes), are drizzled with ghee or butter. In Udipi Café, all the dosas except cheese dosa and butter masala dosa, are drizzled with oil.
Udupi Café is really a very good restaurant for Indian food. The food is not spicy or oily, and the food here is so much like home-cooked food. My mother-in-law, who cooks great Indian dishes, also liked the food at Udupi Café. The owner was super friendly. She said, "we get lot of vegan customes, here".
If you are looking for simple Indian food, you should go to this restaurant.
1636 N.Scottsdale Road
Tempe, AZ 85281