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Just moved here recently. I am on a pretty tight budget. Looking for cheap eats. Any buffets in the area that are reasonably priced and on the T? Also great places for weekend breakfasts and lunches

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  1. Panda Palace in Medford is probably as good as Tin Tin if you are into that kind of thing and is on Salem St (I think the 101 bus).

    If you take the Ferry/Broadway bus to Sullivan, you can reach either Sal e Brasa or Picanha's in Everett. Sal e Brasa has a $14.95 rodezio and I believe Picanha's was also matching that. Brasil on Ferry (delivers) and Oliveira's have fairly inexpensive lunch boxes which will feed two.

    Avellino's has inexpensive pizzas and pasta and isn't far out of the center headed toward Saugus (can't remember the bus route).

    Bambino's on highland isn't the most inexpensive, but has lunch specials and large portions.

    1. If you take the T to Wellington, head over to Kelly's Roast Beef, which is a short walk from the station.

      The Highland Cafe, on Highland Street in Malden, has some of the best pizza north of Boston, and their meals are pretty good, too. It's very old-school, and very cheap!

      1. I used to live in Malden. I LOVED Big A subs (on Highland I think)- BEST chicken parm sub ever.
        Highland cafe great for grub and beer.
        Also, there is a great 50s style hole-in-the-wall diner that has decent breakfasts- can't remember the name.
        If you can, Piantedosi's bakery is in Malden, they have delicoius bread, I think you can google them for location.

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        1. re: ShakeNBake

          I grew up in Malden and will second the vote for Big A subs.
          Pearl Street Station Restaurant on Summer St. has a great steak & lamb tip combo. Good cheap grub all around.
          The 50's diner is called Doo Wop Diner on Main St. and it has GREAT waffles. Omlets depend on who's cooking - sometimes average, sometimes amazing :)
          Saigon Noodles on Main St. is a great cheap option (chinatown quality, I swear).
          Beansprout is not chinatown quality, but the best Chinese you'll find in Malden.
          A great "take out" meal is to buy rolls from Piantedosi's and sausages from Dom's Sausage across the street. Bring then home, fry em up with onions and peppers....a true townie treat!

          1. re: InmanSQ Girl

            I'd venture that Fuloon outclasses Beansprout.

            1. re: Karl S

              I agree. Beansprout used to be my favorite, but in the last year the quality has gone way down hill. In protest, I tried Fuloon and WOW! Amazing food, and far more interesting.

              1. re: lisa13

                And another vote for FuLoon. I haven't tried Beansprout so I can't compare the two. But Fuloon has an all-you-can-eat lunch special.

        2. Fellow malden resident, here.

          My favorites in town are pho 99 (pleasant st), spice 'n hot (Indian takeout, and they really will make it *hot* - main st), hugh o'neill's (standard pub, great burgers - pleasant st) and Tivoli's (not cheap, exchange st). FuLoon has good takeout (tea smoked duck - WOW!), and I think they have a lunch buffet and dim sum (buffet?) on the weekend, but have not tried those options.

          I've heard good things about a haitian joint that is allegedly very inexpensive, but I have not tried it and am not sure where it is.

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          1. re: lisa13

            I have been to the Haitian restaurant that is right near the rotary on Main St in Everett -- it has since changed names, but I think its the same ownership. Right on Pleasant street is Courtoisie Restaurant - Creole Cuisine, but I haven't actually seen it open. Do you know anything about that and was that what you were thinking of?

            I have also had the steak tips at Highland and I thought they were pretty good. And for salvadoran with mexican and columbian touches there is cancun in Everett which is pretty inexpensive.

            1. re: itaunas

              I *think* the haitian place is on ferry street. If I can russle up the details, I'll post it.

              The creole place is very weird. I really don't know what is going on there. Once we stopped in to look at the menu and the scene was just....suspicious. There were a couple of guys hanging out, but not eating. The hostes seemed somewhat uncomfortable that we were there. There were no kitchen smells going on. We walked by a couple more times after that and saw the (same?) guys sitting, but not eating. I have not seen it open in a while.

              1. re: lisa13

                I've eaten in the Haitian place called, at least at the the time, Tata's Cuisine. It was really pretty good! Yes, there were a bunch of guys hanging out there, who seem to always be there every time I go by, and who knows, it might be a front for something, but the food was yummy, at least for my limited knowledge of Haitian food.

                We had a fried fish - lightly breaded, prtty much the whole thing - and goat stew which was a light curry and delicious. The rice was tasty.

                Bear in mind I've had very little haitian food so don't have anything to compare it to, and this was some months ago, but I have seen it open in the last few weeks.

                1. re: Raconteur

                  What does Tata mean? I ate at Chez Tata in Hyde Park, it was fine but not mind blowing.

                  1. re: Raconteur

                    yes - I think that is the place! I just googled it and it looks like it's practically next door to spice 'n hot. I can't believe I never noticed it. Thanks!

                    The place that seemed shady when I went in was the creole restaurant on pleasant street - Courtoisie. Not to be confused with the haitian place =)

                    1. re: lisa13

                      You and Chris explain why I haven't been able to eat at Courtoisie, although I never waited around long enough to get the full confusion. Creole doesn't necessarily mean Cajun, it can be Haitian (and Courtoisie seems plausable for both Cajun/Haitian creole), which is what I was thinking the restaurant might be but never managed to see a menu.

                2. re: itaunas

                  We had a really surreal experience in Courtoisie about 2 years ago. Went in around 6pm on a Friday or Saturday night. It was completely empty, and didn't smell like food at all. We finally got someone who came out and looked pretty confused by us being there. Then, we couldn't find anything on the menu that was actually available. Everything we asked about, from goat to french fries to fruit shakes, they were out of. It was like that Cheese Shop sketch from Monty Python. We finally gave up and went for Pho. Something is weird about that place.

                  Anyway, I think Pho 99 is better than Saigon Noodle for pho. We like Joti Palace a lot for Indian (and they deliver). Second the rec for Pisa Pizza. I was also surprised at how good the pizza was at Pearl Street Station.

                  1. re: Chris VR

                    We like Joti Palace a lot too; Northern Indian that is fairly well done and pretty cheap. Always seems empty when we are there though. Guess folks know we are coming.

              2. oh yeah - pisa pizza is good for delivery.

                1. Two good places in Maplewood Square and both on T. Frannie's on Lebanon Street - great food and very reasonable. Also, diagonally across the street is a fabulous sub shop (begins with an A) - great selection.
                  Avellino's is on Eastern Ave. near Ferry Street. Very good meals.
                  Exchange Street Bistro, Arichokes, Hugh O'Neill's and Tivoli's in Malden Square not to be missed when you get some money.
                  Salem Street Grille on Salem Street between Malden Square and Maplewood Square = everything homemade.
                  Enjoy living in Malden. Becoming very cosmopolitan.

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                  1. re: taxi

                    My friends and I had an awesome meal at Exchange Street Bistro last Saturday. They have an excellent Caesar salad (and I'm picky about my Caesars), and the calamari is fresh and tender, some of the best I've had in a long time.

                    The drinks are well made and tasty. I had three different martinis, all very different and well mixed. One friend was thrilled by his Belvedere martini with blue cheese-stuffed olives...hard to find around Boston.

                    1. re: pamalamb

                      When I tried the Caesar salad I thought it was really gloppy- did they fix that or do you like it heavily dressed?

                      1. re: Chris VR

                        It wasn't lightly dressed, but it wasn't overwhelming, either. Seemed about right to me.

                  2. Exchange STreet bistro was good and Pearl Street for BBQ and hang around bar

                    1. Ferreri's on rt 60, good Italian food, great portions, and good prices, best steak siciliano around. Salem street grille has great fresh seafood

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                      1. re: bak

                        Not the place on Eastern Ave- in the small strip mall that has a CArvel ice cream place? If so, I think it is horrible. Went there once- had a veal dish. The sauce was from a jar, and it was not even veal. The food was not hot, the place was dingy, the cocktails were bad. I did not even complain, as our waitress could be loudly heard talking about how many hours she worked, and how her ex was on drugs. Not a pleasant dining experience in any way.

                        But- I have heard that Salem Street Grille is good. Will have to try it sometime.

                      2. For $5.25 yesterday at House of Bread on Salem Street/Rte.60, I had:

                        2 Salgados @$1.40- one would have been enough for lunch. Chicken pie and beef/yucca fritter. I haven't had many of these so no base of comparison but I thought they were good- mildly spiced and a bit greasy.
                        big glass of guava juice

                        3 small cookies (gave to the chowpup)

                        4 pao de quiejo @.25 (gave to the chowhubby, he said they were pretty good)

                        The prices here are very good, worth checking out.

                        1. You forgot Artichokes and Trevoli's- not inexpensive. DePietrios on Highland is prefered over the competition across the street Big A. Pisa Pizza had family specials on Tuesday (I think). I love Bambinos and use to love Faccia Bella in Maplewood Sq. before the sherrif shut it down for non payment of taxes.
                          Taste of Asia (Medford on Highland Ave) is great for chinese food.

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                          1. re: MeffaBabe

                            MeffaBabe, are you referring to Asian Taste located at 207 Middlesex Ave in Medford? Asian Taste in Medford has good luncheon specials for a reasonable price. Their luncheon specials are served daily until 4pm. Luncheon specials start at $4.95-$6.95. Asian Taste is accessible by the T, but I don't know what the bus number is.

                            1. re: buffet king

                              Yes I am referring to the place on Middlesex Ave in Medford. The bus number is 108 out of wellington and malden stations. The food is cooked to order- veggies still have some crisp to them not soggy/over cooked.

                          2. I've heard good things about the pizza at Two Paisan's Pizza in Malden Center.

                            1. Oh man, Spice N' Hot indian food was awesome...def. spicy and hot!

                              the samosas were a bit different, a sort of pinkish interior instead of the turmeric yellow..but good. the chili naan was so spicy we couldnt finish it (i'd say we have a pretty good tolerance). My chana chickpea dish was awesome -- really perfectly spicy in a rich red sauce, the chickpeas were soft and tasty. DC's chicken madras was nice tender chunks of white meat in a spicy red sauce. Both dishes were ordered "hot" and they actually made it so...a cup of masala tea to go (sugared...mmm) and for $20, i think it beats Punjabi Dhaba. Not much of an environment, def. a take out or uber casual eat in (4 basic tables, TV w/bollywood goodness).

                              while we were waiting we took a walk and grabbed menues from Pho 99, Saigon noodles and 2 paisans...can't wait to try the rest of Malden's best!

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                              1. re: MaineRed

                                RIGHT ON!

                                I love that place. The vindaloo is purely, deliciously evil. Oh, and try the chili cheese or chili chicken (not on the paper menu, but they'll usually make it). talk about hot! I think I need a fix.

                                1. re: MaineRed

                                  I tried Spice 'N Hot last week and I loved it...I wish their Tikka Masala was a bit more thick, but all in all I can't wait to go back. I wimped out and had the mild so I'll have to kick it up a notch next time!

                                2. If you want yummy food, go to Avellino's on Eastern AVe. across from the Grossman's Outlet store. It is a tiny place and more than just subs/pizza. Great meals, also. Wide selection of food. You will enjoy and welcome to Malden an up and coming place.

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                                  1. re: taxi

                                    I tried them out for take-out pizza based on a rec on this board. To say I was underwhelmed is to understate things. The pizza was stiff as cardboard and worse than any pizza in memory. Maybe it was a bad evening, maybe their pizza delivery stinks, but it was crummy.

                                    1. re: taxi

                                      Avellino's Eastern Ave location is now closed-(actually a wings place now) their original location on Mystic Ave in Medford (corner of Hicks Ave) is still open and thriving... my parents favorite... portions so big they can be shared by others...

                                    2. A place called Bob's in Medford makes some great grinders

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                                      1. re: TonyO

                                        Bob's is awsome they make the best veal parm ive ever had among other great and HUGE grinders

                                        but for Malden I like Bambino's great place if you wanna get pasta

                                        1. re: Caserta44

                                          Pretty sure Bambino's is now closed

                                          1. re: Suzieg

                                            I think you're right about Bambino's, though last I heard, they were indeed closed, but it was unsure whether they would try to re-open. Does anyone have any further news on this?

                                      2. Does Spice N Hot have a liquor liscense? sounds intriguing!

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                                        1. re: blacknbleu

                                          no, its a hole in the wall, mostly takeout kinda place.

                                        2. My husband and are are total food nerds who have lived in Malden for 3 yrs (moved up from Somerville) and have therefore done our share of exploring. We LOVE pizza at Highland Cafe, love sushi at Chung Ki Wa in Medford, and will make the drive to Melrose for a place called Mexico Lindo (5 dollar tortilla soup that is meal-sized, awesome). We like Pho 99 but stick to just a few faves on the menu, like beef satay pho and house vermicelli, and of course fresh spring rolls. We also love the tea smoked duck at Fu Loon, many things at Beansprout, and Tom Yum Koong in Medford for Thai.

                                          We have NOT been impressed with Artichokes (boring food at city prices), Spice'n'Hot, or All Seasons Table.

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                                          1. re: ginafly

                                            I meant to post about my first visit to the Salemwood Cafe last month. Having learned about it on this board it was on my to try list. One of my companions that evening lives in Malden and despite endorsements of fellow Maldenites she was more than skeptical, prejudging by the looks of the exterior. Happily she put her reservations aside and we had a surprisingly great meal. I had a coconut shrimp and steak tip dinner, complete with a basic but crispy fresh garden salad and choice of starch. I chose sweet potato, expecting mashed but got a huge one, foiled wrapped and baked until positively caramely sweet. The reluctant one, a native of Maverick Sq, EBo, had the mixed grill and declared it better than Santarpio's and had enough to take home....sausages, chicken and tips, the same salad and choice of starch. Sadly, the chocolate, peanut butter bombe for dessert was out so we must return!

                                            Although the exterior says divey bar,, the inside is bright, clean and welcoming and the service was beyond excelllent.

                                            Frosting on the cake, the prices. Our meals averaged around $12.

                                            Enough said.

                                            1. re: ginafly

                                              Agree with you on Artichokes...the food is competent but overpriced. i would have preferred if they were to cut down on their huge portions and lower the prices.

                                              1. re: nasilemak

                                                Artichokes used to be really good in the past. Not sure what happened. We enjoy eating at the Beansprout. Good food and the prices are not bad.