Fried Chicken at Waltham India Market & more
I've seen several mentions of the grocery store and some of the food in the mini-food court at Waltham India Market, but I don't think that I've read anything about the fried chicken that one of the stands sells.
Yeah, it's under a heat lamp and you don't know how long it's been sitting there (unless you get lucky and time it when a new batch comes out), but, damn, this is some of the best fried chicken that I've had in the greater Boston area. Even if it comes from under the heat lamps, it almost always has a nice crunch, the chicken is always moist, and it has a slight spice. For $1 - $1.25 per piece it's an amazing deal! I always go for the thighs.
The same stand has some dishes in warming trays. I've only had the spicy chick pea one. (I think it is a Chana or Chole Masala.) It had more of a kick than what I get at most Indian restaurants when I ask for very spicy (which to me is a very good thing), and it was great. I think that I paid around $5.
The chaats sold at the middle stand are delicious. They run about $5 each. I've had several, and I like them all.
Anyway, go for the fried chicken & get a few more dishes since tasty leftovers are a very good thing!
Waltham India Market
393 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453
I had a pretty good falafel rollup the other day from the other side of the food court. Could have used a little more veggies and the spicy pickel they put on it, but the falafel had some nice spice.
The dishes in the warming trays where they sell the chicken are the same dishes they offer on the buffet at Kebab and Tandoor and is ala cart or you can get combos - not sure how much though since I didn't see a menu or prices listed.
I haven't tried their falafel, but have had their shawarma (for some reason, they never have lamb kebabs when I'm there).
I didn't realize that the steam trays are the same offerings as Kebab & Tandoor's buffet. When ever I go to Kebab & Tandoor, I can't order anything but their mutton biryani.
I had their veggie dinner one night, which came with rice (regular or lemon) and a choice of two dishes - I picked the okra and the chickpea curry. $8.95 + tax and enough food for two meals. Delicious and spicy, as always.
All the food down there is run by Kebab and Tandoor - you can see the staff going between the restaurant and the food stands, which is pretty amusing.
My gf got fried chicken under a heat lamp at an Indian corner store right there so I'm assuming its the same one. She liked it enough to have me double back so she could get another piece.
IIRC, there was a sign that they sold Chester Fried Chicken. The only other time I heard of this "Chester" is from seeing a sign above a tiny place across from Modelo in Somerville.