Tues 07.08.08 - Ever since Julie Wanda introduced me to India Sweets and Spices in the Fall of 2000, I have been in love. I love the hot food counter at this great little Indian grocery store in Tustin.
My first love at India Sweets and Spices was the Spring Dosa, a dosa (large rice / lentil crepe) with fresh vegetables folded into a nice triangle. Then the guy who made the Spring Dosas left for parts unknown. I lamented but moved onto ordering the Masala Dosa every time I went for lunch at India Sweets and Spices. Then a year or two later, all Dosas were cut from the menu. Shock, horror, leaving me to the regular lunch special.
Then I started driving to Udupi Palace in Artesia for my South Indian dosa fix (although I really don't like the Spring Dosa at UP), but for every day lunches, I kept returning to India Sweets and Spices for their lovely, cheap, veggie hot lunches. Each day they offer a rotating selection of 6 veg and pulses choice from the hot buffet.
India Sweets and Spices is the main place for my Pea-a-Palooza festivals as they regularly serve peas & cheese (Mattar Paneer), as well as Potatoes and Peas. Most of all I like the surprise of showing up and looking at the six lunch hot choices, choosing two for my $4.99 plate which will also include rice, raita, fresh crunchy veg plus a lime pickle or two.
Due to my gluten-free life, I usually get a rice/lentil papad or two instead of the wheat-ful chapati or poori. The nice folks who run the lunch counter at India Sweets and Spices in Tustin are very accommodating about substitutions.
The best part is the six picnic tables of which one eats at in the middle of the grocery store. When it is busy, the proprietors sometimes will ask you to share a table. I met Scruffy's vet, Dr. Kali of North Tustin Veterinary Clinic, here about 4 years ago at lunch while sharing a table.
India Sweet and Spices has good hot food, great prices, and it can be sociable as well.
India Sweet and Spices, Tustin
14441 Newport Avenue
Tustin, Ca 92780