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10 Budget Friendly Eateries in Chennai


Life isn’t easy at the end of the month. Whether you’re a working professional waiting for your salary, or if you’re a student whose way of beating the stress is getting a good snack to refresh yourself, things can be hard to manage on your small allowance. If you’re on the lookout for good food that comes with a budget-friendly menu, check out our compilation below!

1. Kailash Kitchen

Kailash Kitchen is THE students’ hub to be in if you like Tibetan food. The place is so popular that it is only open for a few hours in the afternoon every day and you can always find a long line of students outside waiting to get a table. They serve extremely yummy chowmein, steamed and fried momos, and a host of various other Tibetan dishes, all below Rs. 150!

2. Loyola Fast Foods

Located in the happening Nungambakkam – Choolaimedu area, Loyola Fast Foods is well known in student circles, as well as among working youth. The food you can get here is delicious and worth every penny. Don’t miss their famous Chilli beef when you’re there!

3. Fusilli Reasons

Fusilli Reasons is a delight for broke vegetarian lovers of Italian food. And others. Pasta, garlic bread, Italian snacks, they’ve got it all for a budget-friendly price!

4. Royal Sandwich Shop

Royal Sandwich Shop is famous for their different varieties of sandwiches – which range to over a 100! And the best part, of course, they are VERY reasonably priced.

5. Mid Street

This ice-cream parlour in Mogappair East serves more than just ice-creams! Decorated with cartoon doodles and a colourful ambience, this vegetarian eatery that serves burgers and sandwiches as well is quite famous!

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6. Woss Sandwich Shop

Woss (which stands for World of Subs and Salads) has shops around the city for those looking for a quick and reasonably priced bite to grab on your way. They are, of course, priced below Rupees 200.

7. Kolkata Chaat and Juice Shop

Located in Alwarpet, this Chaat shop is a magnet that draws anyone in the area looking for an economic meal. The parotta is a popular choice, and paired with a juice from the shop next door to wash it down, is a meal that costs below Rs. 80!

8. Tibbs Frankie Shop

This famous chain of frankie stalls can be seen in many parts of Chennai, and they have stalls in mostly all the metro stations, making it easy for busy commuters to grab one on their way. They have both vegetarian and non-vegetarian frankies, and it is made right in front of your eyes, and wrapped up and given to you hot from the pan!

9. Sundari Akka Kadai

Named after the proprietor who is now famous all over Chennai, this food stall that was started in Marina now has two more branches in T.Nagar and near Chepauk Stadium. Famous for its fresh seafood cooked with Sundari Akka’s secret spice mix, the shop has a large fan following and you can get a meal there for as low as Rs.50!

10. Burmese Atho Shops

This cluster of shops in George Town serve up delicious Burmese food for a very affordable price. The star attraction is the Atho, and they also serve other dishes like egg masala and Mohinga. Find other locations where you can find Burmese food here!

Want to find even more places where you can eat in Chennai without burning a hole in your pocket? Find a list here!

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