Rayar’s Mess, Chennai, India

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Trouser Anna Kadai, Chennai, India

I often wonder what will happen to treasures like Trouser Kadai in times of covid?

This tiny hole in the wall spot in Chennai has been a favorite for locals for almost  four decades now. Tucked away in the crevices of RK Mutt Road, owner Rajendran still helms his tiny kitchen after all these years.  You can spot him as the one cooking shirtless wearing his signature shorts which begot this spot it’s name of “Trouser Anna Kadai”.

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Jannal Kadai, Chennai, India

I have eaten at this iconic window in Mylapore in my home city of Chennai numerous times. It is easily one of my most favorite street spots ever. However, just a few days ago one of the faces behind the window- Sivaramakrishnan (Ramesh), succumbed to covid.

At Jannal Kadai (literally translated as window shop) near the Kapaleeswarar Temple, Ramesh or his brother Chandrashekar would be seated at this window every morning at 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM, dishing out breakfast eats straight from his kitchen to the lines of eagerly awaiting patrons and then again opening at 5:30 PM for an evening session of tiffin eats. 

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Playground Bar & Bistro And Taitoon Thai Karaoke, Woodside, NYC

Part Thai karaoke bar, part restaurant, Playground houses its eatery along a long narrow space on the first floor.

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