No. 97, Lunch Buffet at Dosa Express
Hey, don't ding us for listicles: Weekly DataLab studies show ustedes love this gimmick, launched in honor of our coming Best Of issue. Besides, it is rather fun to do this for us Forkers--an opportunity to highlight dishes from restaurants we'll never full review, or secrets from old standbys. Anyhoo, let the march begin...
Me and managing editor Nick Schou used to have a ritual. About once a week, we'd go down the 5 Freeway from the Weekly World Headquarters in SanTana and go to Dosa Place in Tustin, that fabulous place I'd write about again and again. It was an easy ride, and we indulged on the place's gargantuan dosas.
Life was good. And then we changed headquarters to Costa Mesa, and the ritual died.
We didn't go to Dosa Place for about two years; by that time, Dosa Place had opened a second location, and the original eventually turned into Dosa Express. We stopped going not because we didn't love the place, but because we had to deal with...things in the office.
Flash forward to last year. I get hired as editor; he became managing editor (we were lowly staff writers before). We try to go at least once a month now, because the quality of the food never went down. And while Nick always goes with an order of massive samosas and a Mysore masala dosa, I always go with the lunch buffet. It always has at least one chicken (whether masala or butter), a couple of curries, a bunch of South Indian-style vegetables, and at least five chutneys. Even better? They still give you a free dosa, albeit a smaller one. And even better than that? All you can eat for $9, with dessert at the end.