The Ultimate Street Food Bucket List For Every Chennaite. How Many Have You Done?

Mridula posted on 28 March

If you thought Chennai was all about just the classic idli, dosa and vada, then hold on. The city is bustling with more than just one street food corner and we just put down the best for you. At LBB, we love our street food and have covered it extensively here, here, here and here.  From Chettinad style pastas to cheesy chaat and ridiculously good chilli idlis, here is where you must head to in Chennai for your fix of street food.

Rangoli Chaat

Super popular among college goers, this chaat corner in Nungambakkam serves pani puri at its best. Their pani puri is spicy and their masalas remind us of those from Juhu Chowpatty and Hyderabad gup chups {golgappas}. Apart from the many kinds of chaat like bhel puri and dahi papdi, a must try is their Paan Kulfi.

Price: INR 50

 

Fast Food Restaurants

58, Nungambakkam High Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai

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Kakada Ramprasad

No street food compilation in Chennai is complete without evergreen recommendations from Sowcarpet. And Kakada Ramprasad is one among the many north Indian joints in this area that needs to be your pit stop for your sweet tooth cravings. Their bright orange jalebis are so juicy and fresh, you can’t stop at just one. Apart from their crazy good sweets, their dhoklas too are a hot favourite.

Price: INR 30 upwards

Fast Food Restaurants

Kakada Ramprasad

Ground Floor, 348/343, Mint Street, Sowcarpet, Chennai

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Seena Bhai Tiffin Center

If there is one thing we won’t get tired of, it’s dosas. Dosas of all shapes and sizes. Just like how a vada pav a day never hurt anyone, Chennai’s dosas need to be had  atleast once a day. And this Sowcarpet tiffin center is your one-stop-shop for everything podi. Jam packed on all days of the week, Seena Bhai is known to serve authentic ghee and podi overloaded dosas, idli and uttapam. Yes, it is a podi fest at this joint, known to be one of George Town’s oldest tiffin centres. Thirty seven years and counting!

Price: INR 200 for two 

Food Stores

51/105, NSC Bose Road, Opp. Apollo Medicals, Sowcarpet, Chennai

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Chotu Motu

The place for hot samosas and rasmalai, Chotu Motu is located right at the heart of Mint Street, Chotu Motu is the tiniest yet most busiest stall. Buzzing with a crowd all the time, the place serves yummy kachoris and samosas. Their green chutney definitely takes the cake home and their sweets like rasmalai and rasgullas are something that will definitely make you come back for more.

Price: INR 40 upwards

Food Stores

Mint Street, Esplanade, George Town, Chennai

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Sapthagiri Tiffin Centre

T Nagar’s Sapthagiri Tiffin Centre is a vegetarian’s delight. What looks like any other fast food place, Sapthagiri Tiffin Centre is actually a brilliant discovery if we may say so ourselves. Our top three recommendations from this place are the Chenna Parota, Chilly Idli and Thakali Dosa. So filing and extremely tasty. Their parota is thick and stuffed with chenna right in the centre. And their Chilly Idli and Tomato Dosa is nothing like what you have tasted till date.

Price: INR 60 upwards

Food Stores

27/2, Sivagnanam Street, Pondy Bazaar, Thyagaraya Nagar, Chennai

Balaji Sandwich, Alsa Mall

You haven’t really had wholesome Sandwiches if you haven’t stopped by Egmore’s Alsa Mall. The tiny kiosk right outside the mall is a community by itself. Their Cheese Omlette Sandwiches with Green Chutney is hands down the best snack to dig into. With over 60 varities of Sandwiches (Yes, we truly are spoilt for choice), also worth trying is their Chicken Cheese and Aloo pattice sandwiches.
Price: INR 100
Fast Food Restaurants

Alsa Mall, 149, Montieth Road, Egmore, Chennai

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Bell Peppers

Now, if you’re looking for some Italian cuisine with a twist, then this Kottivakam kiosk is a must visit. Apart from regular white sauce and Arabiatta pastas, Their most interesting dish is the Chettinad Pasta which is spicy and a fusion of local and cheesy flavours. They also home deliver, so Thiruvanmiyur peeps, you’re in for a treat.

Price: INR 70 upwards

Food Stores

Block 36, Abhishek Ramaniyan, East Coast Road, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai

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Links

Known to be the inventors of Murukku Sandwich, Links is a hub for street food lovers. With over  100 options on the menu filled with toasts, chaat and desserts to choose from, Links is the quick fix for cravings of all sorts. Apart from their crunchy Murukku Sandwich, if there is one thing you should try at this joint, it is their Corn Canopes. Chennaities travel miles for one bite of this cheesy dish and it is worth every penny. Filled with masala mayo and cheese, this dish is drool worthy.

Price: INR 30 upwards

Food Stores

22, Raja Annamalai Road, Purasavakkam, Chennai

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Prawn Akka & Sundari Akka

What is Chennai street food without some mouth watering sea food? Our coastal city has several stalls in every beach and a never ending supply of quick bites. Prawn Akka from Palavakkam Beach and Sundari Akka from Marina Beach happen to be our favourite street food stops. From fried prawns to Vanjaram Masala and shark on good catch days, we have always tried an impressive spread by the two and these akkas definitely know how to serve up lip smacking seafood marinated in aromatic spices and then fried.

Price: INR 100

Fast Food Restaurants

Marina Beach, Triplicane, Chennai

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Chaska Momos

Apart from Kailash Kitchen’s authentic Tibetan style momos, if there is one place that’s got its street food cred right, then it has to be Thiruvanmiyur’s food truck — Chaska. The beach side truck serves juicy and tasty chicken and veg momos done either steamed, fried or pan fried and also specialises in some spicy Mushroom 65. There’s also noodles, rice, chicken sides and thukpa to be had here. It’s a mini party every evening at this food truck as the owners serve momos along with our favourite tracks on loop. Also on site, is their cute as a button beagle, always ready for play.

Price: INR 60 upwards

Didn’t include your favourite street food in Chennai? Tell us in comments.

Food Trucks

2/8, 4/9 & 6/10, Valmiki Nagar, Thiruvallur Nagar, Chennai

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