Over the past couple of months, Chili's Deli, the convenience store-cum-restaurant on 50th St. and University, has become one of my favorite lunch stops on days off. Not for its dosas, or rice-and-lentil crepes, which can be oily and thick (properly paper-thin dosas can be found at Curry Leaf or Spice Route in Bellevue). Nor for its uttapams, iddlies, or vadas. No, you have to get one of the lunch combos.
If there's a reason to go to Saturday night movies at the Metro or for beers at The Ram, it's because the kitchen closes around 11 on weekend nights. In fact, the place can be packed up until closing time.
Chili's Deli, 5002 University Way N.E. 526-9392, Open Mon.-Sat. 11a.m.-9:30 p.m., 11a.m.-11 or 11:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat.