With just a twist of the wrist, or the sauté pan, the mighty sandwich transforms into stellar comfort food that you can eat with one hand. Elaborate or simple, stuffed or layered, grilled or toasted, we love sandwiches! Be it a hearty breakfast or an evening hunger pang, no one can resist a nicely made sandwich filled with potato, chicken, mayo, chutney or garden-fresh veggies. While many might believe that bajjis, vadais and fried fish are city’s favorite snack, the sandwiches are equally popular. Try out one of these places when you get that sandwich craving.
Royal Sandwich, TTK Road
The shop was started in 1999 and currently serves 149 varieties of sandwiches. They are credited to have introduced chocolate and banana sandwiches first time in India. Once you step in, you will be spoilt for choice. Try out their spinach, corn and cheese grilled sandwich, paneer maggi sandwich, pita chicken mayo sandwich, chocolate banana grilled sandwich and anything else you want. The place is pocket friendly as most of the sandwiches are priced at Rs 50-60.
Have you heard of murukku sandwiches? Of course, they are a Chennai specialty and this shop at Purusawalkam has aced the art of making perfect murukku sandwiches. Small crispy little murukkus slathered with spicy pudina chutney with tomato, onion, cheese and sev sandwiched in between. It can’t get any better! Service is fast but the place is cramped, filled with college and school kids that stop here for a quick bite before heading home.
Sree Balaji Sandwich Stall, Alsa Mall, Egmore
Ask any regular at Alsa Mall for ‘The Sandwich shop’ and they will direct you to Sree Balaji Sadwich Stall. This snack joint began its services in a pushcart in 1985 and it soon became a popular hangout for college students. Even families love to sample their delicious fare. They might not have tremendous varieties as other joints, but they make up for it with their special green chutney. The place is open from morning 11 am and goes up to 10 pm. But you often have to brave long queues to grab a sandwich from the shop.
Bombaysthan, Numerous locations
Bombaysthan is known for their delicious fruit shakes, juices and falooda. But the chain also whips out some tantalizing sandwiches including bhajji cheese grill sandwich, Nutella grill, schezwan veg grill sandwich and chutney sandwich. They are filling and pocket friendly. Go to their Besant Nagar, T Nagar, Nungambakkam, Vadapalani or Kilpauk outlets.
Sandwich Stall, Jaganathan Street, Nungambakkam
The area abounds in fancy dining outlets yet these small sandwich stall on Jaganathan street has a long spiralling queue in the evening, waiting to get their hands on the sandwiches. Again the varieties are bare minimum, but office-goers love to take their short breaks at this place. Bread omelette and cheese toast are the most popular ones at this joint.