Cheap Eats 2009: Amma Indian Vegetarian Kitchen
Great food, low prices, lots of fun.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 18, 2009
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Amma Vegetarian Kitchen - Vienna
Address: 344 Maple Avenue East , Vienna, VA 22180
Phone: 703-938-5328
Neighborhood: Vienna
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Indian
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30 and 5:30 to 9:30 PM, and Saturday through Sunday 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Potato-stuffed dosas made with semolina or rice flour/lentil flour; uttapam with onions and chilies; chickpea stew; lemon rice with pappadam; puri; raita; samiya payasam (a vermicelli-based dessert); mango lassi.

Why go: Expertly rendered dosas and uttapams—Southern Indian crepes and pancakes—in a newly made-over space. Eating here is finally more pleasant than taking out.

What to get: Big, ultrathin dosas made from lentil and rice flours and rolled around such fillings as curried potatoes and onions and chilies, then served with coconut chutney; uttapam, somewhere between a flatbread and a pancake, studded with onions and chilies; a soccer-ball-size puff of the fry bread called poori; lemon rice with pappadam.

Best for: A quick, casual lunch or dinner; an ultra-cheap meal with friends—the nearly footlong dosas are made for sharing.

Insider tip: It doesn’t include a dosa, but the $8.99 Amma “feast”—an assortment of curries, fry bread, raita, and other nibbles—is a good deal.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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