What’s the occasion today? Yay! its Chennai’s birthday. And yes in the city of 10 million population and in the midst of common ‘Beep-Beep-Honk-Honk’, food is what keeps us away from the extra noise. Especially, the street foods! The Pani Poori, Bajji, Burmese food are a way to sing cheers. In that regard, let’s see the 8 places (in no particular order) that serve the best street food in Chennai.
1. Kaalathi News Mart
Mylapore is not only for coffee :p This iconic hole-in-the-wall kind of place serves the best rose milk in the city. Hot summers are not an option for us the Chennaites, right? It’s with us wherever we go. So, here’s where you’ll want to head to cool off with a glass of cold rose milk that smells and tastes great. Just so you know, there’s always a great line outside this shop that is a kind of a landmark in the city.
Address: 27, S Mada St, Mylapore, Vinayaka Nagar Colony, Mylapore, Chennai
2. Jannal Kadai (‘window Shop’)
As you can see in the picture, the modest window outlet is just the shop itself. Located on the narrow lane leading to Kapaleswara temple, this shop has been running for decades. Those cravings for hot Bajjis and Bondas can be fulfilled by this place. You see here the food is great but reach on time to have a taste of it because the shop operates for limited hours.
Address: 12, 1, Ponnambala Vadhyar St, Vinayaka Nagar Colony, Mylapore, Chennai
3. Bombay Lassi
The name says ”Lassi”, but you can actually munch into all sorts of varieties starting from hot samosas to Jelabi, Kachodi, thick Lassi, etc. Bombay Lassi is more of a stall with no place to sit, but people from all over the city throng here to bite into some delicious food.
Address: No: 7, Barbar Agan Street, Ellis Road, Near Mount Road, Behind Devi Theatre, Border Thottam, Padupakkam, Triplicane, Chennai.
4. Alsa Mall Bread Omelet
The hot bread omelet with special green chutney served here will leave you speechless in every bite. This again is a small stall right outside Alsa Mall on Egmore. Not only bread omelets, but their other sandwiches are the tasty treats too.
Address: Alsa Mall, Montieth Rd, Egmore, Chennai.
5. Links Purasawalkkam
You will get to feel the most unique way of tasting Murukku. This shop has many branches in the city yet Purasawalkkam holds fame as it was where the shop was first introduced. Slices of tomato, cucumber, and onion are stacked one above the other between two small murukku pieces spread with green chutney. A generous grating of cheese is added on top and sprinkled with Sev. Pop in a whole piece and experience your taste buds explode.
Address: Arihant Apartment, 22/4, Opposite Dharma Prakash, Raja Annamalai Rd, Purasaiwakkam, Chennai.
6. Anmol Mohit Lassi
This is again a small stall, yet the lassi served here is the favorite of city folks. The Kher lassi available here is unlike any other and is the perfect thirst quencher on a hot day.
Address #343, South Mint Street, Elephant Gate, George Town, Elephant Gate, George Town, Chennai.
7. Kakada Ramprasad
From Pani Puri to all chaat items, it’s all available here. The place here is known for its extravagant sweets and mouthwatering snacks that leave you wanting for more. Each food item holds scrumptious surprises.
Address: 348/343, Mint Street, Sowcarpet, Nr Jain Temple, Elephant Gate, George Town, Chennai.
8. Second Lane Beach Road
And, last but not least, the yummy Burmese food! Burma Bazar got its name from the number of immigrant populations that moved to the city several decades ago from Burma, now Myanmar. A little away from Burma Bazar is the 2nd lane beach road and on it are several street food stalls selling great Burmese food. Try Athouk, a very popular Burmese salad with an option of boiled eggs and served with Mohinga, a traditional Burmese soup.
Address: 2nd Ln Beach Rd, Mannady, George Town, Chennai
News Courtesy: Culture Trip