I've seen several messages about VIK's (a place I drive 200 miles to eat at!....hey, that's what you have to do when you live in Reno) that don't quite get it...so thought I'd put my 2 cents in.
Someone mentioned a lot of potatoes...well, remember, most of the food there is vegetarian. That doesn't mean it all tastes the same.
And everyone says "Don't go on weekends; its too crowded" Well, besides the fact that weekends are the only time I CAN go (see above note about where I live)...there are reasons to go on weekends; mainly the weekend specials. So, go on the weekend, but have a game plan:
1) Take a group. This way you can sample more dishes, and some can wait in line while others wait to pounce on available tables and chairs.
2) Try right after it opens or just before closing. The middle of the afternoon is very crowded; many Indian families taking a break from their University Ave. area shopping.
3) yes, try those "weekend specials." I am especially fond of the Pav Bhaji (A Bombay special). This is basically a spicy Indian ratatoiue (sp???): a vegetable stew of eggplant, potatoes, peas, tomatoes and onions, cooked to almost a pasty consistency and served with french bread (you spread the veggies on the bread and eat like an open-faced sandwhich). Delicious, and the only place I've had it better than Vik's is at my sister-in-law's! (And she lives in Florida, which is an even LONGER drive!). They also have good dhokla on weekends....and of course no trip to Vik's is complete without the old standbys: Bhel Puri and samosas.
This was the perfect weekend: a trip to Vik's with my family; that great double-overtime Cal basketball game; and Lupita's tamales on the way home. Can't wait to go back! (Oh yeah, and the weather was pretty nice too.....)
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