CLOSED: dgn Factory - Fannin St

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 3 reviews )



1001 Fannin St m110 , Houston, Texas, USA, 77002

This vegetarian outlet is inside a company building, go down the escalators and take a right. Offers samosa, idli, vada, dosa, chai latte and coffee. Vegan options. Confirmed closed, Mar 2018.

Categories: Lacto, Indian, Fast food, Take-out

3 Reviews

First Review by ChristineLee

Recommended but not a miracle - Edit

I was so happy when I saw this location was opening downtown -- there's been an historical lack of Indian cuisine in downtown Houston. DGN Factory (the DGN stands for either the owner's initials or "dosas gone nuts") offers a variety of traditional and non-traditional dosas as their main offering, but there are also idlis, vadas, and other quick Indian food items on the menu.

It is a counter-type setup located in a small food court in the tunnel level of First City Tower. Some familiarity with the downtown tunnel system would be helpful, but if you're an office worker here then you probably can find it okay.

Everything on the menu is at least vegetarian, and the vegan items are labeled with a fancy V symbol.

So how good is the food? Not a "10", but definitely good enough to keep me coming back about once every other week. Frankly, I've had better dosas, samosas, and vadas elsewhere, but the convenience and lack of competition makes me a repeat customer. And yes they're good! Don't get me wrong. Just not great.

Their dosas and vadas (if not other items also) come with a spicy sambar soup and a slightly sweet coconut sauce. Like the main items, these sides/dips are satisfyingly good but not great.

Also like another reviewer mentioned, their packaging is Styrofoam intensive, but that is true of most other downtown take-away food joints (sadly). I wish the city would ban it as San Francisco has recently done.

Price-wise, I get a filling amount of food for an average price, so not a bargain and not a burden.

Pros: Convenient for downtown office workers, Vegan items clearly labeled, Good tasting

Cons: Styrofoam, Styrofoam, Styrofoam

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For that dosas fix...reconsider the tip - Edit

This little humdinger is in the downtown area of Houston..located in the 'Tunnels'. One way to get there is through the Park Shops. Once inside the entrance (door around the side/to the left of The Texas Grille) there is an escalator (kinda hidden next to The Texas Grille, but inside the Park Shops entrance) that will take you down to the netherworld that is known as 'the tunnels' underneath Houston. Keep waking to the right once you get down those escalators and you will eventually find yourself in front of DGN. It is next to a barbecue place. This is a mall-food-court type of place with about 12 tables in front of it for people eating food from any number of places down there. There is a menu board above the register on the wall...and it lists which items are vegan. They have a Gobi Manchurian Dosa and a Sada Mysore Dosa..and maybe one other vegan dosa. They were pretty tasty and certainly one is big enough to fill a person up! They come with sambar and some kinda non-vegan looking sauce (on the side in a small disposable lidded container). I went with a companion and we each ordered a diff dosa to share. Betwixt the two of us we couldn't finish them. It is all served in styrofoam to-go containers (BOO)...and plasticware is all you'll find here. Also, they have a tip jar which turns out to be for the owners to pocket..not the staff. That was a total turnoff...and makes me wonder if it's worth the trip to dine at a place that misleads you into thinking you're tipping the workers. That being's really up to whether or not you feel owners should be tipped.

Pros: Vegan items marked on menu

Cons: Owners pocket tips/not given to staff so I'm givin, styrofoam containers, hard to find if unfamiliar with Houston tunnels

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Squibby 09 Aug 2016 - How did you get this info about the tips?  

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Great lunch spot - Edit

I think this place just opened up. The food is authentic, tasty and very inexpensive. It's all vegetarian with a ton of vegan options listed. Pakoras and Samoas are super delicious. I like the Manchurian dosas and the fried cauliflowers. They serve breakfast too but I haven't had the chance to try it. I would definitely go back. Yum!

Pros: Nice staff , Inexpensive

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