Indian food is a cuisine that some people shy away from because it can be too spicy. Other people embrace the spice and the layers of flavor found in Indian cuisine. If you embrace the spice of Indian food (especially buffets), Orange County has a lot of great options where you can find it.
14131 Red Hill Ave.
Tustin, CA 92780
You'd be hard-pressed to find a better lunch buffet deal than the one at Traditions. From soup and salad to a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, you can get just about any dish you'd like. The food is wonderfully flavorful (try the potato samosas and the chicken) without being too spicy. The lunch buffet is from 11 a.m. to 2:30pm Tuesday through Friday for the low price of just $8.99 per person.
15435 Jeffery Road
Irvine, CA 92618
Tucked in a shopping center right near Irvine Valley College, Clay Oven is a real easy place to miss. When you walk in, you'll see that this spot is the very definition of cozy. It's small, warm and filled with the wonderful scents of the food. The lunch buffet offers amazing options for vegetarians and carnivores alike. If you do go for lunch (from 11am to 2pm daily), know that the place starts to fill up around 11:30 a.m. Be sure to finish your meal with the delicious rice pudding.
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1500 Adams Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
If you are in the mood for Indian food, but you don't have a lot of time, Tandoori Fresh is the place to go. Here you can get all of your Indian favorites (be sure to try the naan) in a casual atmosphere and for a low price. The most expensive item on the menu is only $10 and it's hard to find lunch anywhere in the county for that reasonable of a price. Tandoori Fresh also offers takeout.
13812 Red Hill Ave.
Tustin, CA 92780
Dosa Place doesn't just offer options for vegetarians and carnivores. It also has options for people that specifically want south Indian dishes like a madhu veda (a doughnut made with lentil flour). If you love Indian buffets, you are in luck. Dosa Place offers a lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2:30pm and a dinner buffet from 5:30pm to 10pm.
Saagar Fine Cuisine of India
4241 MacArthur Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
If you can't find something you want to try at Saagar, it's certainly not because the menu is limited. Here you can find the usual chicken and lamb dishes, but you also find lobster and quail. While other places may offer a prix fixe menu for special occasions, Saagar offers a combination meal (vegetarian or non-vegetarian) for two people for a reasonable price. Speaking of vegetarian, this is an excellent place to bring your vegetarian friends. They will be impressed with the many flavorful options available.
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