Cheap Eats 2008: Rangoli
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Address: 24995 Riding Plaza, Suite 120, Chantilly, VA 20152
Phone: 703-957-4900
Neighborhood: Chantilly/Centreville/Clifton
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Indian
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30, Saturday and Sunday noon to 3. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5 to 10, Friday and Saturday 5 to 10:30, Sunday 5 to 9:30.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Medhu vada; palak paneer; aloo gobhi; chicken chettinad; dosas with spicy potatoes; chaat papri; kati rolls; fruit jalebi.
Price Details: Starters, $3.95 to $7.95; entrees, $9.95 to $14.95.

Why go: An exurban eatery that neatly impersonates a downtown destination, complete with maître d’, gem-toned silk lampshades, and white china.

What to get: Masala dosa filled with spiced potatoes—a showstopper; peppery chicken chettinad, which tastes like a saucier precursor to Caribbean jerk; palak paneer, a stew of creamy spinach and cubes of house-made cheese; aloo gobhi, a fiery mix of potatoes and cauliflower; fruit jalebi, batter-fried slices of banana, pineapple, and apple with house-made ice cream.

Best for: Date night away from the kids—the serenity and pampering make it the perfect place to recharge your batteries.

Insider tip: The lunch buffet, an even bigger bargain, presents thoughtfully chosen, oft-replenished dishes.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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