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Best Chaat in Houston?

India Grocer's used to have a Chaat shop within the grocer's but they recently shut it down. where do you think they have the best Chaat in Houston?

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  1. Oh, I do hope for some replies to this one! I'm new to Houston and excited about the culinary adventures that await. I've been lurking on the board but I had to chime in on this one. Could people also give suggestions for any chaat cafe? I'm eager to find one here. Many thanks.

    ps how this got bumped up to sticky topics is a mystery to me, sorry!

    1. I am a big chaat lover and am looking for it in Houston. Incidentally, Udipi Cafe's Chaat House has the best samosas I have tried here. The pastry crust is excellent there.

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      1. re: Fiona23

        I haven't had that one but the best I've had is at Savoy, a Pakistani place on Wilcrest near S. Bellfort. I also really liked the samosas I had for the first time this weekend at Shiv Sagar. Unlike most, they were fresh-made (and took a long time, too). Too many places have these pre-made and under a heat lamp.

      2. I'm guessing pgalvani is gone but it's a worthy topic. There is a lot of chaat on the menus at Shri Balaji Bhavan and Shiv Sagar right there in little India plus Krishna Chaat House as mentioned. I also like Sweet n Namkin on W. Bellfort on the far SW side near me.

        The Khasta Kachori at Krishna is incredible; I also love the Chaas. SBB has a Pyarlelal Khachori that is very similar and the Raj Kachori at Shiv Sagar is also comparable but KCH is the best. At Sweet n Namkin, Mix Chaat is a similar treat.

        I have write-ups of Krishna and Sweet n Namkin on my blog w/pictures and also a mention of SBB's kachori. I haven't written up SBB or SS in full, though. The Press has also picked up on SnN and visited. They are particularly noted for the Dahi Puri. Best thing I've had at Shiv Sagar is the Dabeli; I haven't tried much chaat at Shri Balaji.

        Oh yes, can't forget Bansuri, the Indian food truck on S. Wilcrest, too.

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        1. re: brucesw

          I really enjoy Balaji Bhavan and Shiv Sagar for chaat. Also Bansuri. Only went to Sweet n Namkin once, but it was AWFUL. I did not know it was possible to make chaat taste that bad. Just awful. I was shocked to see the Press' review of the Dahi Puri at SnN - that was the worst Dahi Puri I've ever had. Maybe they had a bad day?

          Have you tried the dabeli at Bansuri? I think that's the best dabeli in town, though Shiv Sagar's is very good too.

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          Shiv Sagar
          6662 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77074

          1. re: WtotheN

            I have been going to Bansuri for over 2 years now and I remember the Dabelli and Ragda Patties were the best things I had there. He told me the Ragda was his best dish. I have read that Dabeli is his most popular item. I actually have been to Bansuri only once since discovering SnN, though; his hours are inconvenient for me. I definitely thought the Dabeli at Shiv Sagar was better but maybe he's made some changes since I last had it at Bansuri. I haven't had the Dabeli at SBB but I think it would be good.

            I don't know what to tell you about your experience at SnN. Maybe just a bad day? I know there are changes going on. A different brother has taken charge of the operation and that of Salaam Namaste next door and is making changes, expanding the hours and menu at SnN; I hope there aren't changes in the recipes or cost-cutting on ingredients, etc. I know they had trouble finding someone to work the second shift and finding a new cook but I've been going more to SS and SBB for the larger menus even though they're not as convenient to me as SnN.

            Edit to say the dabeli at SnN is mediocre. I also avoid their pakoras but I'm not very fond of pakoras anyway.

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            Shiv Sagar
            6662 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77074

        2. Thanks for all the replies. I agree that this thread topic is worthy of further inquiry, though it should probably me moved from the Texas board to Houston. I will definitely check out those other spots. I tried the Papdi Chaat at Chrishna and wasn't terribly impressed, also the samosas at Chrishna are not as fresh as at the next door Udipi, possibly because at the latter they cook them fresh, but they let them sit out at the former.

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          Udipi Cafe
          4632 Fm 1960 Rd W, Houston, TX 77069

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          1. re: Fiona23

            I am a little confused. Krishna is Udipi's Chaat House - which samosa is the best? You seem to indicate Krishna in the first post and Udipi in the second?

            I have never had the samosas at either. I remember the Usal Pav is very good at Khrisna; I like the way it's presented better than the way it is done at Shri Balaji Bhavan.

            I tried a new place over the weekend - Indian Spices and Snacks in Sugar Land, on 90-A across from the Nalco Chemical offices. It's a very neat and orderly, new Indian grocer with a snack bar in the back. I had the samosa chaat - never had that one before. A samosa is broken open on a plate and topped with dahi, sev, chutneys, tomatoes, onions, coriander - it was very soupy with the chutneys and the filling from the samosa. Tasty but I didn't care for the concept much. They gave me a sample of a wrap type thing but I never could understand the name of it. The dhokla looked very good.

            I went to check out the Chaat House on Kensington, just off 59 and 6, but it is gone, replaced by Sanpalk Pure Indian Vegetarian Restaurant. They were not open today for lunch although the sign said they were open seven days a week. I got a phone # and will call them before going again.

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            Udipi Cafe
            3559 Highway 6, Sugar Land, TX 77478

            Chaat House
            16338 Kensington Dr Ste 160, Sugar Land, TX 77479

            1. re: brucesw

              Re: Sanpalk - it is actually part of a chain based in India. Only 5 US locations but I'm not going to report on it here since it will just get deleted or moved. There is a review on b4. Very impressive for a chain; quite surprisingly very spicy.

            1. re: Fiona23

              My favorites so far have been Balaji and Bansuri (the dabeli is great).

              Have not tried Sweet n Namkin yet, but it's been added to the list! Krishna was okay, but honestly there's just something not quite right about a South Indian place making North Indian chaat - the chutneys are missing something in flavour. Yes I know Balaji is a South Indian place, but the menu has a Western Indian slant re the chaat items, and if you peek in the back some of the cooks are nonSouth Indian.

            2. Great that this thread has been revived and there's so much input. Anybody found any chaat places other than the ones already mentioned?

              Also, how about vadas? Anybody found good ones? I was getting into them last year but not many places offer them. I had the Masala Vadas at Shri Balaji Bhavan and even though they were freshly made and spicy, I actually prefer the parippu at New India Supermarket in Stafford; also their Uzhunnu, which is what others call Mehdu vada or lentil donut. Those are made ahead of time and just sitting out in a tray but I've been able to get them still warm. Mehdu Vadas are on the menu at lots of places; they must be the most popular variety.

              1. Savoy didn't seem to have much in the way of chaat. The food that I got wasn't great, particularly their naan and raita.

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                1. re: Fiona23

                  No Savoy is not a chaat place. Yes the naan is disappointing. There are only a few things I go there for, one being the samosa. I like that the potatoes are not all mashed but still a little chunky and the peas not mushy, either, and the spices seem a little more complex. I do not like the room and the fact they serve on paper plates so I've never eaten in. Bansuri and Sweet n Namkin are the only chaat places out on the far SW side and the only Indo/Pak places out here that could be considered worth driving any distance for AFAIC. The Food in Houston blogger did rave about Le Sani a couple of years ago, a Pak buffet with the best naan on this end of town. Several bloggers have raved about Bundu Khan, the kabob house out on Bissonnet, but I haven't ever gotten around to going.

                  I probably should mention Le Sani seems to have undergone a management or ownership change and may also undergo changes in the food quality.

                2. I like Raja foods pujabi/papadi chaat, the best and good quantity, I havent tried Bunsi chaat yet, but heard abt it. I have tried Bombay sweet and Shiv sagar chaat did not like either of them. Though, Bombay sweet has best samosa and paneer pakoda. I dont like Shiv sagar food. If you are like me Chaat fan then must try Raja foods' Pujabi chaat.