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Cheap Eats 2010: Amma Vegetarian Kitchen
100 places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano, Kate Nerenberg
Comments () | Published June 17, 2010
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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: Even if the cafeteria setting doesn’t quite live up to its name—amma connotes motherly comforts in Southern India—the kitchen’s vegetarian specialties, including excellent dosas, are well executed and generous.

What to get: The two types of dosas: one made with rice and lentil flours, the other a web of semolina, both stuffed with slightly sweet potatoes; puri, a balloon of fried dough served with spicy, potato-studded broth; cinnamon-heavy chickpea stew sprinkled with red onion; raita—a yogurt condiment—with cumin seeds; mango lassi; samiya payasam, a thick, milky dessert with vermicelli.

Best for: Those looking for interesting vegetarian cooking.

Insider tip: Two people could make a meal—and taste much of the menu—by ordering a dosa and the $8.29 Amma’s Feast, which includes pappadam, rice, chappathi (a flatbread), a vegetable curry, and other small bites.

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