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”.
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.
Ravagh Persian Grill is my go to spot for great local Iranian food. What began with just one restaurant about two decades ago in Manhattan has now grown several spread out over New York City and Long Island.
Little House Café is a bakery/café in Elmhurst serving an intriguing selection of Malaysian desserts and baked goods but lets talk about the glorious Singaporean style chicken curry bun they have here.
De Mole Mexican restaurant in Williamsburg is a family affair. Headed by Executive Chef/Co-Owner Jose Luis Flores who worked with chefs such as Douglas Rodriguez and Richard Sandoval, he has created an ode to his family recipes and heritage in Brooklyn.
Amylos Taverna is a wonderful new spot in Astoria, which blends the old with the new beautifully. Located just a walk away from the famous Omonia Café, the Arvanitis family attempts to combine traditional Greek fare with a contemporary sensibility at their newest venture.