Vizag is a place where peace makes the biggest sound and where beaches are extensions of homes and everyone’s personal sun decks. The city is known for its greenery, rich history, peace-loving people and its varieties of culinary treats. Apart from the well-known seafood and the fine restaurants, one should explore Vizag street food which will excite your palates to a whole new level.
If you’re planning to visit the city in any near future or if you’re already standing in one of the Vizag beaches and wondering what to eat, you’ve come to the right place. We introduce you to the fantastic and famous food in Visakhapatnam and where you can find it.
Street Food In Vizag
1. Muri Mixture
No lazy day on the beaches of Vizag goes by without the inclusion of Muri Mixture. This snack is a divine amalgamation of peanuts, puffed rice, onions, chilli, and tomatoes.
With a toss of cilantro and a squeeze of lemon on top, this snack is the pleasure of every common man in the city before he goes to his home and adjusts to a less-exciting dinner.
- Where to eat: Tenneti Park, RK Beach, Rushikonda
2. Tomato Bajji
This one is another superstar on the beaches of Visakhapatnam. These gram flour (besan) coated tomatoes are deep fried and cut into half, like cups, with the tomato flesh scooped out.
These tomato cups are filled with a similar mix used in Muri Mixture and served with crunchy peanuts. Everyone in Vizag, rich and poor, savours Tomato Bajji. You can also taste other varieties with bread and brinjal.
- Where to eat: MVP double road, besides Cafe Coffee Day
Punugulu Karam is a famous snack place in MVP Colony that sells this delicacy. Punugulu is a deep-fried snack made with urad dal and rice batter. These crispy orbs are served with peanut and coconut chutneys.
Make sure you reach there before 7pm, otherwise you will miss the party as the place gets very crowded and you may not get your plate full of scrumptious Punugulu.
- Where to eat: MVP Colony
4. Sweet Corn
Most of the famous food of Vizag is available at beaches. This boiled sweet corn carts can be found all along the belt of Tenneti Park and RK beach.
There is nothing special with the corn or the taste of it here; but eating it while taking a walk in the seashore is totally worth it. You can also get roasted corn, cooked directly on burning coals.
- Where to eat: Best at Main gate, Tenneti Park
There are many places in Vizag like Sairam Parlour and Venkatadri Vantillu, where you get a tasty dosa. But as we are talking about street food, it is unfair to not mention about this particular tiffin cart in the city.
A bunch of guys migrated from Guntur to Vizag to treat the city with crispy and delicious dosas. The chutneys here make people come again and again. It’s not unusual to see a traffic jam on this road every mornings, as people come from near and far to eat breakfast here.
- Where to eat: Guntur Tiffins, MVP Circle
6. Liver Kebab
Imagine yourself being tired from a long day and being treated with a hot chicken kebab stick and a lemon soda.
This series of kebab stalls offer a variety of snacks including liver kebab, mutton kebab, chicken kebab, and boneless fish fry. Make sure you go there hungry otherwise you may regret not being able to eat everything on offer.
- Where to eat: Vizag Complex, MVP Circle
There are many places in the city which offer top-class idli, but, for a midnight snack, head to Vizag Railway station and treat yourself with a hot plate of Idli with tomato chutney.
Railway station Idli is a delicious last resort food option for those hungry college students and employees who burn the midnight oil and are looking for something to eat.
- Where to eat: Opp to Railway Station
8. Masala Batani
This is another cheap yet priceless snack you get at beach roads. Masala Batani is a mixture of boiled white peas, onions, tomato and lemon. This snack is served in a paper cone and instead of a spoon, you will have a strip of dry palm leaf.
These vendors, mostly old people, have been selling Masala Batani, with same quality and at around same price (Rs. 5-10) for the past decade or do. So, it’d be kind to pay them a bit more and see a happy face.
- Where to eat: RK Beach, near Submarine
9. Bongu Chicken (Bamboo Chicken)
Although Bongu Chicken is not widely available in the city of Vizag, this is a popular dish in Araku, a hill station near Visakhapatnam which is famous for its thick forests and valleys.
Bongu Chicken is prepared by stuffing an empty bamboo stick with marinated chicken and burning it on coals for a smokey flavour. Enroute Araku, you can find many vendors on the roadside preparing this wild dish. Even though it is a bit expensive (Rs. 500-800 per kilo), Bongu Chicken is totally worth its price.
- Where to eat: Araku
So these are the popular street foods one must taste in Vizag because, sometimes the simple things are more fun and meaningful than all the banquets in the world. So the next time you are in Vizag, have a feast with these tasty, mouth-watering morsels.