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Counter service

Daily 11:00am–9:30pm

Features Veg-friendly
Bar None
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx

Hillcroft Area
6662 Southwest Fwy.
(713) 977-0150
Shiv Sagar
Among the cheapest and best vegetarian meals in the city—even on Tuesdays

In the shopping center with our favorite Indo-Pak restaurant, Himalaya, and the sporty good time of London Sizzler, Shiv Sagar presents a worthy stop for cheap and easy chaat lunches; most specifically, wonderful dosai and dahi puri. On Hindu-holy Tuesdays, many other Indian restaurants are closed, but this one’s open, and often crowded. Take someone who can scope out a table while you stand in line to order (and tell your cashier which table number you’re at—be prepared or you’ll annoy them and everyone in line behind you).

The crowd’s here for daily changing thali, filling platters of various bites that ring in around $8 with tax. Or order à la carte and focus your digestion. While we prefer the fried, savory-donut vada and idli steamed lentil cakes at Krishna Chaat House, the dosai here are, again, sublime—crispy, crêpey, and tender-bellied. Samosas are also very strong, but better are dahi puri, flaky little shells filled with chickpeas, potatoes, zingy sweet onions, and spices. They’re too light on yogurt, but otherwise terrific. Chutneys aren’t as world-rockingly vibrant as elsewhere, and raita’s properly cooling, but not particularly strong in cilantro, mint, and/or cucumber. Still, you can’t beat this place for made-to-order, cheap, delicious lunches and a TV screen filled with mood-inducing Bollywood films.

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