"cheap eats," anyone?
Periodically, someone will post on a board, asking for 'cheap eats,' or suggestions for an 'inexpensive restaurant."
As a bit of a hole-in-the-wall diva myself, with most of my more memorable meals when traveling found on the street, I think that cheap eats generally refers to eating a meal with a price tag that comes to around $10-$15ish per person, but often much less. I'm thinking tacos, pho, falafel, a good local diner, etc.
I wonder, however, how others out there in CH-land define eating on the cheap.
There was a Belgian place in Philly that closed a few years ago. They had a $5 menu that included: Duck Confit w/ side salad, Tough Steak (Steak Fritte), Cassoulet, Coq au Vin w/ side salad, and a few others that have faded from memory. Not huge portions though so you'd order two.
Our cheapest night however was one when at closing (2:00AM) the bartender suddenly refilled our drinks (there were maybe ten of us at the bar, the restaurant being empty). We proceeded to finish off the refill quickly and it was again refilled (Trois Pistoles Unibroue). He'd turned down the lights really low but to a point where we could still see each other. But when the cops would roll by he'd turn them down completely until they'd passed. We talked and drank and ducked (to avoid being seen by the police) until 4:45. That was one of the best nights of my life because I didn't know when or how it was going to end.
For lunch, in SF, most of the places around my office are in the $8-12 range. So, to me, "cheap" would be $6 or less. There are a couple of places where that can happen, I just have to go a bit further away from my office (in a big university, so the slightly higher prices in the immediate area make some sense, really).
It also, though, has to do with the food, especially at dinner time. $5 for a bowl of pho is great and would definitely qualify as cheap eats for me, but so would $20 for reasonably good sushi.