The sleepy beach town of Mahabalipuram is all about Bohemian lanes, heritage buildings and the laid-back ongoing vacation vibe permeating throughout the locality. A string of cafes lined across the town offers a plethora of global and coastal food catering to your every gourmet need. Be it a fresh grilled fish or a healthy salad, the food options offered to the tourists are dynamic to say the least. Sit under the shade of palm trees lined on Shore temple road and savor a good vegetarian Tamil thali. You will also find couple of wonderful Chettinad-serving restaurants in the area. Food would be homely and pocket-friendly. Kothu Parotta is a local spicy sauce preparation composed with egg and meat, very easy to find at the beachside restaurants of Mahabalipuram. Munch on Aviyal with appams to quench any of your food cravings. This coconut-enhanced vegetarian dish is eaten throughout South India. One dish common on the plate of every Tamilian home to Mahabalipuram is Puliyodharai. A delicious mixture of fried tamarind paste and cooked rice, seasoned with jaggery is authentic to Tamil Nadu. No matter where you are in South India, Payasam is bound to show up. This sweet coconut dessert is a delight to have.