HELP! A South End place for cheap eats and a large group, maybe 6-8 people?
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Anchovie's on Columbus should be able to handle a smallish group like that. Also, Thai Village on Tremont is very tasty and reasonably-priced. Another possibility is Masa, on Tremont, which is also pretty good and not that expensive.
Hmmm I wouldn't say Masa isn't expensive...unless the group orders from the dollar tapas menu, it can definitely add up...
My favorite spots for larger groups are the Red Fez and Pho Republique. I haven't been to the Fez in a while though, and have read some mixed reviews lately on the board, so...I might lean toward Pho. I think it's a lively place with fun drinks and good food (albeit much more $$ than you should be paying for this type of food, but still..) I always have a good experience here. On the app menu, don't miss the Tuna spring rolls and the sticky ribs, both exceptional.
I also think Anchovies could be a good choice. Certainly a cheaper one. You'd just need to make sure they'd have room for your group, perhaps by calling in advance?
Another option might be Giacomo's on Columbus Avenue. They do tend to get busy but the South End location does take reservations.