This, my friends, is every South Indian's dream in America, besides making beaucoup bucks and making a name for themselves....it is all about finding that elusive place that serves real sambar and rasam with your dosa. Praise the gods from whom all sambar blessings flow!
Yes, the place is all about dosas, but the real gems here are the sambar and rasam. Any Tamilian, Telugu, Malayali, and Kannadiga worth the silk threads in their sarees/ dhotis know that you can test the quality of a South Indian restaurant by the sambar they serve. You are dead to me and your S.Indian card will be revoked if the lentil to water ratio is not correct and the amount of dhaniya (coriander) powder is not correct. And let's not forget rasam. I will put you on blast if the combo of tamarind paste, pepper, and cumin is not right.
Now that I have established myself as the sambar nazi - similar to the soup nazi from Seinfeld - it is safe to say that Chennai Dosas excels at both sambar and rasam. Yes, the dosas are good and the pulihora is well-executed (no lumps of tamarind paste, which I find to be annoying in pulihora). The vegetarian curries are delicious, but the desserts are passable. Face it, nobody goes here to eat gajar halwa or mango kulfi...you go here for the dosas and sambar.
There is a buffet for $9.99 and you get a choice of dosa with the buffet. You can order a la carte as well, but why would you do that when you have endless supply of sambar, rasam, and pulihora on the buffet? #duh The ambience is divey and service is what you would expect at a divey buffet aka bare minimum. Don't expect a white table cloth restaurant here, it is your typical divey dosa stand.