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Oct 9, 2006 10:03 PM

Reasonably priced Saturday lunch in Back Bay/South End?

I've received so many good recommendations for restaurants by reading these boards (just got home from Essex Seafood!) that I'm hoping the chowhounds can help me out.

I'm looking for a place to have lunch with a friend this Saturday. The place shouldn't be too loud so that we can catch up with each other. We're students, so I'd like to spend $20 per person or less. In terms of location, Back Bay/South End would be preferable, but we could hop on the T for something more interesting.


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  1. Parish Cafe on Bolyston and Arlington has a good variety of reasonably priced sandwiches. I've also had good experiences with the pizza at Picco in the South End. I think you could easily get out of both of these places for under $20 per person.

    I don't know if Orinoco is open for lunch, but judging from their dinner, if they offer lunch, I would recommend it.

    1. Reasonably priced meals in the area are hard to find. My most reliable choice is Laurel on Berkeley St. at Columbus Ave.

      1. I'd like to suggest Aquitaine for their Saturday brunch (I know you said lunch but this may allow you to be even more leisurely). Here are the details and the menu:

        Saturday Prix Fixe Brunch For $9.95 per person
        Offering ...

        Warm House-made cinnamon Bun and Icing

        Eggs Piperade- Pepper, onion, tomato, and ham
        Omelette à la Grecque- Spinach and Feta Cheese
        Omelette de la maison- Bacon, smoked tomato
        and Gruyere cheese

        Each is served with Caramelized onion home fries and Seven Grain Toast, Fresh Orange or grapefruit juice And Bottomless Coffee

        ...I'm a big fan not so much for the food (which is fine) but for the brunch on Saturday idea and the decent price (for Aquitaine). It goes from 10 to 3 p.m. and makes for a nice way to wake up. Very quiet space to catch up in.

        Here's the site:

        1. Hi,

          I had lunch last weekend at Garden of Eden on Tremont St. in the South End. It was very tasty and reasonably-priced. The atmosphere is also nice for a relaxing chat without too much noise.

          1. I'd second the garden of eden recommendation. (They also do splendid and reasonable catering for weddings)