If you thought that all Chennai offered you as a part of breakfast snacks and dinner was idli then you are so wrong. Chennai has been the hub for a lot of folks from all across the country since the British ruled us, which clearly means that there is a variety of chat bhandaars that are absolutely not to be missed. So the next time it rains in Chennai (which is quite a frequent activity) we suggest you try these street food joints for spicy, tangy time:
1. Karishma Pani Poori Shop
This place literally is the first outlet one should try in Chennai for chaat. We don’t know what’s magic he does, but the Pani Puri plate is yummi-licious. And you definitely cannot stop at just one or two or even three.
Location: Near Rangoli Sarees, Nungambakkam High Road
2. Royal Sandwich Shop
Sometimes you crave for all that masala between two layers of soft bread and even though you could make one at home, you will still run to Royal Sandwich. Their blends of sandwiches at extremely reasonable prices are too good to be true.
Location: 159/160, T.T.K Road, Alwarpet
3. Sundal and Chaat At Beaches
If you are at any of the popular beaches especially Marina and Elliots, then the chaat in the form of Sundal will come to you. All you need to do is have 20 bucks on you and a great spot to enjoy the view while you gobble this popular Chennai delight.
Location: Marina And Elliots Beach
4. OSB Hot and Chaat
A legendary restaurant that is known for its chat collection is OSB Hot Chaat. Just an advice, you need to read between the lines while ordering snacks such as Aloo poori if you want to have Aloo chaat. They have recently opened another chaat store.
Location: 82, Lake View Road, West Mambalam
5. Ajanabi Mithai Ghar
Well, Ajnabi is no stranger for all those who have been in Chennai for quite some time now. And, Egmore is expected to have at least one chaat outlet that will teleport to you to another city altogether. After all that chaat, make sure that you have some sweets to balance your spice.
Location: 149, Fountain Plaza, Pantheon Road, Egmore
6. Kakada Ramprasad
The magic of mint street in Sowcarpet is one that no chaat lover will ever forget. The major outlet being Kakada Ramprasad, which serves some lip-smacking kachoris and samosa chaat. Do have the popular Anmol lassi an ex-wrestler who has stall adjacent to this eatery.
Location: 348, Mint Street, 1st Floor, Sowcarpet
7. Venkatramana Boli Stall
For a traditional chaat or snack time, head to Venkatraman Boli stall that is not only authentic but also a clean stall that serves mouthwatering boli. Make sure you that you only go here and not try other places which are not good in taste.
Location: 58 Thambiah Road ,West Mambalam
8. Indiska Magic
A different take on the regular chaat can be found at a new haunt in Chennai known as Indiska Magic. Th serve sizzling chaats such as Tawa Mutter Kulcha, Sizzling Pv Bhaji which ought to make your chaat experience a little more Mediterranean.
Location: 8, Harrington Road, Chetpet
Another hot spot for Khakra, Aloo chips and Dabeli is Links. They may look like a dingy place to eat at, but their specials and flavours make up for it in a large way. The corn canapes here are to die for.
Location: 22, Raja Annamalai Road, Purasavakkam ( out outlets at Arumbakkam and George Town)
10. Mehtaas Vada Pav
If you are looking for a quick recharge spot on the Poonamalle road, look no further than Mehtaas vada pav, that seems to be here just to delight you. With just 200 bucks in your wallet, you can fill yourself on mayo cheese pav, corn cheese pav, pani puri and some juice.
Location: 22/9, Raja Annamalai Road, Purasavakkam
11. The Grand Sweets And Snacks
One of the biggest chains in Chennai that delights everyone with their range of sweets, podis, pickles is a must visit place for some spicy south Indian chaat. The sambar vada with the subtle touch of bhel and onions is simply awesome.
Location: 24, 2nd Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar (four more outlets)
12. Manpasand Chat And Dhaba
For all those who are stuck on the IT expressway because of your daily commute, worry not, the Manpasand dhaba will give you the best of samosa, jalebi and chaat under one roof. You can always finish the snack time with some heavy lassi and skip dinner.
Location: 10 A, Sakthi Nagar, Thuraipakkam
13. Thattu Vadai Settu Kadai
The name itself makes you want the try the food. Placed in one of the central areas of Chennai, this place serves you murukku settu, manga settu, norukkal, among the many varieties that bring the flavour of Salem in your food. Also, you could have the original goli soda here.
Location: Shop 23, Groceteria, Lloyds Road, Gopalapuram
Last but not the least is Delhi 6 which is located towards the Kanchipuram side. They are one of those who serve you pakoras, including bread pakora. That ought to bring some back some memories from all those rainy days spent at home.
Location: Illaiyar Koil Street, SRM Back Gate, Potheri, Kanchipuram District
There are always Kalaans for a quick bite and Hot chips for a decent dine in, but nothing beats these authentic outlets.
The cost for the chaat is between Rs. 30 and Rs. 100 approx.
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