I’m a deep lover of Indian food, but I live in a city that only has a few decent Indian restaurants. And the closest of these to my place of work on Capitol Hill is Dawaat. It’s right next to the gateway to downtown and is busy but never crowded. Without a doubt, the best Indian lunch buffet in the downtown area is found here. The usual suspects of the Indian buffet are offered—tikka masala, coconut curry, butter chicken, and the like—and the attendants make sure that the hot trays are never empty or soon to be empty. I like sitting at the high tables by the east-facing windows. CHARLES MUDEDE
Daawat Indian Grill and Bar
820 Pike St,
Hours: Mon-Sat 11 am-10 pm, Sun 12 pm-10 pm
Daily 3-6 pm ($2.25-$7 food items, $4 beer, $6-$7 cocktails, $4 wells, $5 margaritas).