Dirt Cheap Eats 2007: Saravana Palace

Lunch & Dinner Feasts

Yellow dal at Saravana Palace. Photograph by Allison Dinner.

In the spectrum of lunch buffets, the spread offered daily at this vegetarian Indian restaurant ranks near the top. For $7.95—$9.95 on weekends—you can sample a dozen masterful dishes. Choices have included fiery fried okra, curried chickpeas with spinach, and lentil-flour doughnuts soaked in yogurt. Trays are replenished quickly, so nothing tastes tired. To go with the myriad chutneys, circulating waiters dole out one of the highlights—fresh-from-the-pan footlong dosas.

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.