The two things that are usually the most sought after by the masses either the Street style fashion or Street style food. The street style food in India is an eclectic mix of the various regional flavors, thus contributing to the street style fraternity. The street style food in Chennai has undergone many experimental changes now, and too many options and places are available to choose from. So here’s a condensed list of the “Top 20 Places that offer the best street style food in Chennai.”
1Nungambakkam Chaat Corner
This is a very famous chat corner. Known for its quality service and its reasonability, it’s been the most common hangout place for all age groups for a very long time. There isn’t a single day when you don’t see the place crowded, content people munching on their favorite chaat item. The rates are fixed and pretty much affordable. This place is the perfect picture of street style food. With quite a few items on the menu, the Dal Ka Chilla and Tikki Chaat are the ones to look out for.
2Hot And Cold
From the streets of Vepery is this kiosk that’s been everyone’s favorite for a very long time. They are known for their pure mix of street style food. With the many varieties offered here, one is too spoilt for choices. However, Cheese Muruku Sandwich has been the hit favorite for a really long time, and is a must try. Bearing the staunch Jain community in mind, they do have a separate menu, thus making them the most sort after chaat place.
3Sri Vaishnava’s Chaat Shop
In spite of their similarities to another chaat place, the one key feature that marks them apart is the extra zing that is added to almost all their items, which we as Indians love the most. Located in the streets of Kil Pauk it’s a small chaat kiosk that is satisfying along with a huge deal of variety offered. When questioned about the list of most frequently ordered items, Sev Puri and Grill Sandwich are the ones.
If affordable and ace quality food is what you’ve been looking for, then Links is the place you must opt for. Located in the streets of Purushavakam, this place has definitely clicked everyone’s, heart. With a great range of items served right from the Murukku Sandwich to the Cheesy Pizza, the prices seem like a good deal. Among the hot favorites are the Cheese Bhel and the famous Vada Pav. Hailing from yet again from the Jain community, the place is pure vegetarian. A calm atmosphere with air conditioning, this seems like an added bonus. A common hangout place for families, this place for street style food is a total win.
5Sri Keshav Chaat
Serving the authentic flavors is what bags Keshav place in our top 20 list. Located on Vepery High Road, offers a huge range of chaat items that are every season’s favorite. Maintaining the authentic flavors with the changing times is exactly what got this one into the limelight. Try out their Dahi Kachori and Kachori Chaat for a lip- smacking experience.
Located in one of the bustling streets of Sowcarpet, which is densely inhabited by the North Indians, has lived up to its mark and reputation since a very long time. “Name it, and you have it!” is perfectly apt for Kakada. The small items with their cheesy detailing are what makes it seem like magic. Establishing themselves in the field North Indian Street style food, their Raj Kachori is how they prove their worth.
Often considered the father of sweets, has the most top class service and the flavors served here are unmatched. With its branches in various parts of the city, this has always been the first preference for a majority of Chennai people. Strictly vegetarian in all its sense, desserts and bakes are too on the hit menu. Not all that heavy on your wallet, this one’s highly recommended to all. Must try items are their Chola Bhatura and Dahi Vada.
If flavors, class and top service is what you’re on the lookout for, then it is this you should opt for. Situated in Mylapore, it is not only known for its awesome ambiance but also known for its quirky unique presentation of food which seems quite appealing to one’s eye. This ‘hip and happening’ place is just a perfect hangout spot with your friends/family, making them a class apart. Authentic Punjab flavors are their main forte, with all their masalas and tadkas. Right from their Butter Chicken to Laccha Parathas, they’ve got ideal deal of items loaded on their menu apart from the basic street style. The Gol Gappe Shots and the mint flavored buttermilk are a must.
This one here situated at Cathedral Road is another old and memorable place known for its street style food which gives a competition keeping in mind family based hangout place for street style food which is also served elsewhere such as Shree Mithai. The highlight of this is the amount of food that is served here. The must try are the Kachori with Chutney, Mixed Chaat and Bread Chaat.
10Bombay Kulfi House
Street style food in itself has a wide range which doesn’t stop without having something sweet which tingles your taste buds. If you are a sweet lover, then you’re sure to love this place. Situated in Anna Nagar, what makes it so unique is the twist given to the flavors of Kulfi. The varieties served here are endless and if you love to experiment, then do try out there Chickoo Kulfi Slice, Lychee, and Guava Kulfi Slice.
11Mansukh’s Chaat Shop
Located in the suburbs of T. Nagar, this place is an eclectic mix of Gujarati/ Rajasthan street style food. Known to serve Jain food, this place gives a competition to rest of the chat joints. Mansukh has categorized its items to various regional street styles, such as Bombay street style etc, also there’s the Sunday Special. A few additional charges are applied if extra quantities are demanded, but that completely worth the totally scrumptious meal. Top favorites are the Corn Bhel Pui and Rabdi served.
Harrington Road one the posh areas in the city houses Kailash Parbat which is completely Vegetarian-based and maintained its standard throughout. Sophistication and Quality offered here is on par excellence, satisfying its customers. The Dahi Puri here is the most sought after dish.
Bored with small quantity served and are on the lookout for something more filling and that which could satisfy your cravings completely? Then La Shawarma is right for you. Located in Thiruvanmiyur, this kiosk gained its popularity in the street style food rapidly in a short span. Delicious filling and completely filling is its main forte. However, they provide Take Away policy. Arabian Shawarma and Peri Peri Shawarma are the most sought after.
Here’s another eatery located in Nungambakkam, giving street style food a whole new makeover to the flavors of street style food. With its pizzas getting Indian zest (Yes, you have heard it right) and out of the box concept, are what qualifies it to our top 20 list. A bit taxing price wise, this definitely is a must try. Desi Way Pizza is just a perfect example of it.
Mylapore houses many restaurants and places to eat and Brunch is just the perfect example for Mylapore has to offer. The emphasis laid on the “Only Vegetarian food” tag makes it the sought after one here. Reasonable and quality service is what increases its popularity. Chutney Bhujia puff has its popularity among the masses.
16Novelity Tea House
Another one here is based in Mint Street, Sowcarpet and has come into limelight through their various items served under various categories. This one tops the list affordability and service wise. Mostly known for its huge range of Pav Bhaji’s served must try out their Kadak Cheese Pav Bhaji. They also offer a huge list of beverages.
Based on street style, Ajanbi situated in Egmore has been winning hearts since many years now. Right from savories to sweets, drinks and what not, they’ve maintained their consistency and flavors making it a hit! Again, affordable and convenient for all kinds of age groups. Their Dhokla served with delicious Chutney and Chinese Bhel are among the famous.
18Royal Sandwich Shop
If you’re looking for a quick bite and something on lighter side then do check out this one situated in Alwarpet. Known for its varieties of sandwiches, has created a niche among the masses, giving it a whole new angle. A combination of affordability and flavors. Bhujia Sandwich Mayo Grilled, Khakhra Paneer Sandwich Grilled are famous selects. They also have a special category based on Chocolate, Nuts and Brownie Sandwich too.
19Chaat on Chaats
Setup in Besant Nagar, it serves you those old and cherished street food that we’re all fond of, recalling it in the later years of our lives. Even though a lot of experiments have been bought in the street style food, seeing the present scenario, this remains true to its roots and is basic. Their Bread Channa and Hot Jalebis are a must try!
If you are a Parotha /Kulcha kind of a person then this one which is also quite affordable situated in Alwarpet, is an eclectic of Kolkata and Chennai street style. It’s absolutely a great deal for the quantity that is served. Cheese Butter Masala Mix Parotha is its highlight.