Best Spots Showing off Boston on the Cheap
- C. Simon Jan 30, 2002 03:57 PM
I have two friends visiting this weekend who are VERY much chowhounds. We will have to stick to cheap eats. Where are the best spots in-and-around Boston that fit in the Cheap Eats category but will be WONDERFUL to show off to my out-of-town guests? I don't need any Chinatown places because I already have that covered. We will definitely be making a stop there.
Some I am considering:
Wang's Fast Food
Tacos El Charro
Come on! I want to hear about the best of the best!
Thanks . . .
Consider Sagla, in JP; you'll score points for knowing about Boston's (New England's?) only Eritrean restaurant, run by a women's collective. Tacos Lupita is good, but Tacos El Charro is more fun, especially if you go on a night when the owner's mariachi band is performing. Doyle's, also in JP, is good for a drink and rich with Boston/Irish history--I think the exterior is used in the show Boston Public as the teacher's hangout, although I've never seen the show. Ali's Roti in Roslindale serves up huge, delicious roti with much bonhomme and zero decor, although you're likely to fall into a food coma soon after from eating so much. Santarpio's, in East Boston, serves up Beantown's best pizza cheap, with sides of sausage. Rangoli in Allston has great South Indian food. And don't forget Dok Bua and Buddha's Delight in Brookine for good Thai and vegetarian food, respectively.
If we're talking burgers, I have to give a shout out to Tim's on columbus in the South End. The burgers there are juicy and delicious, if you want the heart attack burger (which i personally recommend) get a bacon cheeseburger medium rare. holy cow. The atmosphere is purely fun and I think that it is one of the most diverse crowds you'll see in this town.
Now, I'm not sure if this suggestion is not-quite-cheap-enough, but in my experience, Cafe of India on Brattle Street in Harvard Square is the best bang for the buck meal in Cambridge, and perhaps in all of Boston. The food is delicious, extremely flavorful. The room smells great. The booths are cushioned in soft fabrics and have pillows on them. The busboys pour water from beautiful water jugs. And everything on the menu is several dollars cheaper than Indian restaurants elsewhere.