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Green Chili

March 21st, 2011

As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t normally go for Indian food but someone wrote to me and asked me to check out Green Chili in Pinefield Plaza (1 Nicholas Rd.) and said it’s really great food. I figured it was worth trying so my friend Lisa and I went there for lunch today.

The first thing Lisa pointed out was how clean it was inside and it really was.   The walls are decorated with photos of India and facts about Indian history and culture:

The owner, Tony, was very friendly and made suggestions based on what we were looking for.  I’m not into very spicy food but I know Indian food isn’t all super spicy but needed some guidance.  Lisa and I both thought the Chicken Tikka sounded good.  She got the pizza version and I got the crepe version:


I was a little overwhelmed when I first saw it but the dough is so light and crispy and serves as a nice “vehicle” for the filling.  Tony said traditionally you eat it with your hands so I tore off pieces of the dough and scooped up the chicken inside.
The crepe came with a type of vegetable soup and coconut sauce.  I also got some almond milk that Tony makes to order and it’s so amazingly good.  While you wait he blends, the almonds and water, strains it adds a little bit of almond essence and extract and  a sprinkle of sugar, but he can leave out the sugar if you want.
The chicken was in a sauce of blended spices and paprika and I thought it was great.  It was just spicy enough to have great flavor but not to make my eyes water or anything.  The almond milk was a perfect compliment to it too.

We talked with Tony for a little bit about his background. He’s been cooking since he was a teenager and specializes in South Indian cuisine.  We also talked about Framingham and how it’s tough for a lot of restaurants but he’s particularly dreading the return of Water St. construction and was telling us about other construction projects that are pretty much quarantining the plaza.  I feel for the guy.  He’s super nice and the food was really good, and I don’t even usually like Indian food.

So I’d like to thank the reader who convinced me to check it out.  If you like Indian food (or even if you don’t) and are looking for somewhere new to try, check it out.  They also have a website where you can see the whole menu:


  1. I agree. It’s excellent, clean, and Tony is great at suggesting things. It’s a little jewel. I think he also serves hot dogs and some other American food offerings, so it’s a good place to go if who you’re with isn’t a big Indian food fan. (Although I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t like biryani or samosas or…)

    Comment by Perry March 22, 2011 @ 6:37 am

  2. Is the crepe called a crepe on his menu or are you assimilating? The crepe is actually called a dosa and in my opinion (I have not been to Green Chili) Dosa Temple in Ashland has the best dosas in the area. I’ve been to India several times and eaten dozens of dosas in the localist of local restaurants in south India and Dosa Temple is truly authentic.

    Comment by Scott March 22, 2011 @ 11:46 am

  3. I agree with Scott above in regards to the Dosas….although I miss the Udupi restaurant that was on Route 135, in the old Framingham train station…those were the best Dosas.
    In terms of Green Chili, the food is decent but I would not classify it as excellent. For that you really should check out Bollywood Grill (located on Route 9E, behind Legals…in the back). They have a fantastic $10 buffet M-Th and that’s a great way to experience a variety of items. The atmosphere is great, the hostesses, manager, and servers have all been very friendly (I go there about 2 to 3 times a month). This is my Indian restaurant of choice, even with the many options that Framingham has to offer.

    Just to qualify, I was born in India but grew up most of my life here. Growing up, I had the pleasure of eating my mom’s wonderful cooking nearly every day and now have the pleasure of having some great Indian friends from various parts of the motherland, allowing for experiencing a tremendous variety of Indian foods. My wife is also Indian, raised in Jersey (India West as we call it) and luckily cooks some great Indian dishes. I can’t cook for the life of me but appreciate and enjoy great food.

    Comment by Neil March 23, 2011 @ 10:07 am

  4. We’re not fans of this place, which is too bad because we live across the street. Both times we’ve went its just been kind of lack luster…Tony is a nice guy, but the food doesn’t do it for. Minerva in Framingham/Natick is better, and Paani, in Sudbury, might be the best Indian in MA.

    Comment by Glenn March 23, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

  5. The place may be a little offbeat, but the food is quite good. We usually have dosas of one kind or another, though I’ve had a lamb crepe and that was good too. Haven’t had the desire to try the American food yet. It’s great to have a place like this in the Saxonville area, and especially convenient if you want Indian food but your kids want something less adventurous.

    Comment by Alan March 24, 2011 @ 7:16 am

  6. wait…what happened to Hometown Hot Dogs? Has this place occupied the space? And if so, did HTHDs suffer from the Water st construction to the point of closing?

    Comment by Freddy March 25, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

  7. Green Chili is excellent!! I’m a steak & potatoes kinda girl but do enjoy the occasional Indian or Thai dinner out. Tony is indeed extremely friendly. I’ve had the chicken tikka masala, alu tikki chaat, plain indian pancake with sides, and of course naan. All delicious, none with overpowering spice. I love that it’s right around the corner from me. And I would love it even more if there was outdoor seating so we could walk down with our little French Bulldog to have dinner.

    Comment by Letitia March 25, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

  8. I think hometowne hotdogs suffered under poor ownership/management. When the original owner had it, it was great, then he sold it and it went downhill. The new owner just didn’t know what he was doing, changed things that shouldn’t have been changed and didn’t seem to care all that much about the customers. Sad. Anyway, I’ve been curious about Green Chili, but I thought it was the same guy. Now that I know it’s a different owner I’ll have to give it a shot.

    Comment by Sarah March 27, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

  9. This has become a weekly favorite of mine! I’m Indian myself and Green Chili is my Framingham favorite for indulging in this yummy cuisine. I’m so glad that you featured this entry on such a lovely Framingham gem! Cheers!

    Comment by Katie July 18, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

  10. I ordered and ate the lamb pizza, and, although fairly tasty, left me with stomach cramps and major bowel problems the next day. My wife ate the leftovers the next day and suffered from the same issue the following day. I’m not sure what happened, but I hesitate to go back after the GI distress that visit caused me and my wife.

    Comment by chaz October 16, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

  11. This place is AMAZING!! Seriously, the best/most authentic Indian food I’ve had outside of India. Make sure to specify how spicy you like your food to be when you order, because, as I said, it’s authentic (spicy). Anthony, the owner, is super-personable and generous. The prices are also extremely reasonable. Go, and tell him I sent you.

    Comment by Vafa October 18, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

  12. I don’t go out to eat often, but when I do, I like going to Green Chili. For lunch, I often get the chicken tikka wrap (I’m finishing one now). I’m a big fan of the chicken biryani, too. Thanks for your review!

    Comment by Rick January 14, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

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