Budget Crunch / Dosa Place
A look at Dosa Place, a great little spot serving South Indian food, located in the University Plaza on Main Street in Buffalo
Photos by kc kratt
3500 Main Street, Suite #370 Amherst;
834-1400 or dosaplaceny.com
Monday: 11:30 am – 9 pm
Wednesday: 11:30 am – 9 pm
Thursday: 11:30 am – 9 pm
Friday: 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
Saturday: 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
Sunday: 11:30 am – 9 pm
Dosa Place, located in the University Plaza on Main Street in Buffalo, across from UB’s South Campus, is a great little spot. If you’re not well-acquainted with South Indian food, or if your primary exposure to Indian food has been at one of the many buffets scattered throughout WNY, I highly recommend that you try Dosa Place in order to have a fuller understanding of the varied, complex cuisines of a varied, complex country.
You’ll also get iddly (a savory steamed rice cake), vadai (a savory lentil doughnut, flavor-packed with curry leaves and a blend of other spices), and a little something sweet (perhaps gulab gamum, a fried milk ball doused in sweet syrup). This is a great way to try a few different menu items and begin to figure out where your flavor preferences lie.
In addition to several dosas and the special entree, I’ve also tried utthappam, billed on the Dosa Place menu as an “Indian-style pizza” made of rice and lentil flour. Utthappam prices range from $6.95 to $9.95 per entrée and can be quite spicy. If you’re a fan of heat, go for the green chili version.
Many vegetarian and vegan friends find themselves scouring the menu for ovo-lacto-free options when eating out. Our opportunities for flavorful, interesting vegan food have expanded across WNY, but one of the draws of Dosa Place is how easy it is to eat a plant-based meal here. The restaurant décor is simple but clean, and parking is plentiful in the University Plaza. The owner of this restaurant previously owned Palace of Dosas on Millersport in Amherst, and I’m happy to report that Dosa Place seems a significant improvement over that venture, both in terms of ambiance and cuisine.
Rachel Fix Dominguez is a proud Buffalo native who loves exploring WNY's culinary options.