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Indian Street Food in Downtown Decatur from Twice James Beard Nominated Chef Meherwan Irani

Chai Pani literally means “tea and water.” It’s slang in India for going out for a cup of tea, a tasty bite, a snack, or “a little something.” Chai Pani can also mean a small bribe just enough to get a bite to eat. Well at Chai Pani Decatur, you won’t have to bribe us for innovative, fun, affordable and delicious Indian cuisine.

Some of the most tasty, fun and affordable food of any country is its street food and Chai Pani features chaat – crunchy, spicy, sweet, tangy, brightly flavored Indian street snacks. And since there is nothing more comforting and delicious in any culture than a home cooked meal, Chai Pani also brings you thalis – traditional family meals highlighting India’s amazing culinary diversity.

Hop in a rickshaw, your home away from home awaits.

OUR STORY

On the first day, a hallowed voice did say, “Let there be Chaat!”
When Chai Pani Asheville first opened its doors in 2009, we couldn’t close them for several hours . . . literally. There was a line of expectant customers out the door, blocking the sidewalk, and wanting food most of them had never heard of. We can’t be sure Vishnu himself gave Chai Pani the nod of approval, but to those customers who wept over the bliss they experienced while eating a potato uttapam, what other conclusion can be drawn?

DECATUR BOUND

After a few years of growing and learning on our feet, at the urging of the loyal customers and happy food critics, we decided to expand to the Atlanta area, and where better than beautiful downtown Decatur?

But surely this would be a more subdued opening . . . after all, could the magic be recreated? Does lightning strike twice? After the core team swore a blood oath and agreed to move to Decatur, the work to bring the best flavors and brightest colors of India to the Atlanta area began. And somehow, word spread. Well before the doors opened, droves of hungry people and journalists called and showed up in person.

Like Indra’s mighty thunderbolt, lightning struck again in Decatur, before the paint even dried!

We are humbled by the welcome we’ve received and pledge to serve your insatiable desire for Indian street food, with our one of a kind culinary creations and libations. And don’t forget the Chai— rivers and rivers of delicious Chai. Join us for a cup.

 

Phone

(404) 378-4030

Location

406 W. Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

In the heart of downtown Decatur, just a few miles from Atlanta.

We have parking and no reservations are needed.

Hours

Monday - Thursday
11:30 - 3:00/  5:30 - 9:30
Friday - Saturday
11:30 - 3:00/  5:30 - 10:00
Sunday
11:30 - 3:00/  5:30 - 9:00


PRESS

CHAI PANI has been widely reviewed and praised over the years at our Asheville location (The New York Times, GQ Magazine, Food & Wine Magazine, Fox News, New York Magazine to name a few), but we are truly humbled by the sheer quantity of articles, reviews and praise being heaped on Chai Pani Decatur. Before the doors opened, journalists, reviewers, foodies, and bloggers of every stripe were ready to put us to the test. Thank you, thank you, and thank you for the warm welcome.

August 2017

QUICK BREAKFASTS: MAKE AHEAD, FREEZE AND HEAT FOR FAMILY ON THE GO

July 2017

GRUB STREET - FINDING HARMONY IN THE FLAVORS OF INDIA AND THE AMERICAN SOUTH

THE 38 ESSENTIAL ATLANTA RESTAURANTS, SUMMER '17

VIDEO: BEST INDIAN RESTAURANTS IN ATLANTA

June 2017

FOOD NETWORK - OKRA FRIES FEATURED AS ONE OF "GEORGIA'S MOST ICONIC FOODS"

MAY 2017

EATER - ANNOUNCING THE EATER YOUNG GUNS 2017 SEMIFINALISTS

ATLANTA MAGAZINE - 6 ATLANTA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL EVENTS YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS

APRIL 2017

ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE - SLIDESHOW: 29TH ANNUAL TASTE OF THE NATION ATLANTA

ATLANTA PARENT - 65+ FUN THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN ATLANTA

CREATIVE LOAFING - BEST OF ATL

CREATIVE LOAFING - 100 BEST DISHES 2017

MARCH 2017

EATER - PANI PURI: THE DELICIOUS STREET SNACK YOU NEED TO EAT IN ONE BITE

TASTE - APPALACHIAN MASALA: COOKING AT HOME WITH CHAI PANI

BON APPETIT - HOW INDIAN CHEFS ARE REDEFINING TRADITIONAL VEGETABLE DISHES

ATLANTA MAGAZINE - 50 BEST RESTAURANTS PARTY 2017

HERITAGE RADIO NETWORK - EPISODE 53 CHSWFF17: MANEET CHAUHAN AND MEHERWAN IRANI

FEBRUARY 2017

CREATIVE LOAFING - QUICK BITES: LOCAL BAKERS RALLY BEHIND PLANNED PARENTHOOD, RAY'S RIO BRAVO CLOSES, AND MORE

THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION - SEE THE FIRST THREE EPISODES OF CHAI PANI'S 'CULINARY DOCUMENTARY'

EATER - WATCH THE FIRST THREE EPISODES OF CHAI PANI'S 'CUTTING CHAI' DOCUSERIES

ATLANTA MAGAZINE - 50 BEST RESTAURANTS IN ATLANTA

JANUARY 2017

EATER - THE 38 ESSENTIAL ATLANTA RESTAURANTS, WINTER '17

THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION - 4 COCKTAILS (PLUS CHAMPAGNE) FOR THE CALORIE COUNTING ATLANTAN

CREATIVE LOAFTING - INDUSTRY INSIDERS: MEHERWAN IRANI

DECEMBER 2016

THRILLIST - THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN ATLANTA RIGHT NOW

BBC - WORKING A MUSCLE

NOVEMBER 2016

CREATIVE LOAFING - PARSI AND HEWISH CULTURE COLLIDE AT CHALLAHWALLA

THRILLIST - EASY 5-INGREDIENT APPETIZERS FROM CHEFS

EATER ATLANTA - MY TWO SOUTHS

PAST

THRILLIST: Best Indian Foods in Atlanta

ATLANTA MAGAZINE: 50 Best Restaurants
ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION: These Couples Cook Up Something to Love at their Atlanta Restaurants
OZY MAGAZINE: Rising Stars Bring On the New Indian Cuisine
ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION: Which Atlanta Dishes We’re Obsessed With
CHEF IRANI NOMINATED AGAIN: 2015 James Beard Foundation Award Semifinalist: Best Chef Southeast
CREATIVE LOAFING: BEST OF 2015 – Best Indian Food
MEN’S JOURNAL: 17 Summer Corn Recipes
ABOUT.COM: Chef Irani’s Atlanta Recommendations
ZAGAT: Must Try: Sloppy Jai at Chai Pani
ATLANTA MAGAZINE: BEST OF 2014– Best Indian Street Food
THRILLIST: 50 Atlanta Treats
LOCAL PALATE: Best Bites from Atlanta F&W 2015
URBAN DADDY: Alternative Burgers
ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION: Decatur Eats
ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION: 7 Atlanta Restaurants
USA TODAY: Georgia’s Sweetest Peach Dishes
ATLANTA MAGAZINE: Chai Pani Founder to Open Botiwalla in Ponce City Market
EATER ATLANTA: Best Atlanta Restaurants to Cater a Wedding
GARDEN & GUN: Chef Irani’s Popular Okra Fries Recipe
ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION: Vegetarian Dishes that Satisfy
CHEF IRANI JBF NOMINATED: 2014 James Beard Foundation Award Semifinalist: Best Chef Southeast
USA TODAY: Dumplings Around the World– Chai Pani’s Samosas
JOHN MARIANI’S VIRTUAL GOURMET: Best New Restaurants in Atlanta
ATLANTA LIVING: Top 10 Restaurants of 2013
CREATIVE LOAFING BEST OF ATLANTA 2013: Best “Off-the-street” Street Food
THE DAILY MEAL: Where to Find Indian Street Food in Georgia
ATLANTA MAGAZINE: Best New Restaurants 2013
HUFFINGTON POST: Top 10 Cheap eats in the U.S.
JEZEBEL MAGAZINE: 111 Must Try TASTES
NATION’S RESTAURANT NEWS: Atlanta Tables Pushing Boundaries
FOX NEWS: Support for Tea Shop Owner’s Effort to Help Girls in India
ATLANTA EATS TV: Chai Pani is reviewed as a Feature Restaurant
COCA-COLA STORIES: Acclaimed Chefs Dish About the Family Table
CREATIVE LOAFING: 100 Dishes to Eat in Atlanta Before You Die- Kale Pakoras at Chai Pani
ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION: Atlanta’s New Indian Restaurants
THE AEROGRAM: Chaat-Wallah-in-chief: Meherwan Irani
ATLANTA MAGAZINE: Covered Dish– A Guide to Indian Street Food
KHABAR MAGAZINE: Indian Street Food Turns Trendy in Atlanta
95.5 FM: Belinda Skelton, with Guest David Danzig of Season’s Eatings
ATLANTA JOURANAL CONSTITUTION: First Look at Chai Pani Decatur
CBS BETTER MORNINGS: Cooking Demo
ATLANTA INTOWN: First Look at Chai Pani Decatur
CREATIVE LOAFING: First Look at Chai Pani– an Oxymoron of Restaurant Wizardry
THRILLIST ATLANTA: Indian Street Food and Mango Lassis in Decatur
EATER ATLANTA: 10 Things to Know about Chai Pani, Opening Today in Decatur
SCOUTMOB: An Inside Look at Decatur’s New Indian Street Food Spot
ATLANTA EATS: Chai Pani Decatur Launch Party Review
URBAN DADDY: Spice World, Decatur’s New Indian Street Food Spot

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CATERING

If you want to party like it’s the end of a Bollywood movie then make your next event mindblasting with some affordable and delicious Chai Pani goodness. We can customize a catering order to fit any size and budget for everything from birthday parties and wedding dinners to chef tasting menu dinners and company events. Chai Pani has you covered.** 

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ADDRESS: 406 West Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

PH: 404-378-4030

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