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Inexpensive but Delicious food in Boston?? Help!

Hi all,

My best friend is flying into Boston from Chicago for three days and nights over Thanksgiving and we will probably eat every meal out. Because of that, as well as a general lack of funds at the moment, we want to do a high quality, low price tour of Boston restaurants.

I am thinking Mom and Pop places, local restaurants that no one but you and your neighborhood know about, basically unique, delicious and inexpensive food off of the beaten path.

We enjoy all kinds of food and are welcome to any suggestions.

Thank you!

To further define "inexpensive", as requested, anywhere from $10-$35 each before liquor would be ideal, although there exists a bit of wiggle room. (if $35, apps and entree, or all really great apps etc...)

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  1. Just to clarify: you're gonna have to define "inexpensive" more clearly than that. Set a price range, because different people have different ideas of inexpensive. For example, the $39 tasting menu at Ten Tables is one of the biggest bargains in the city, but it's still $39, y'know?

    But to start: the banh mi at PhoViet in the Super 88 food court at Packard's Corner are delicious, and even though they've gone up to $3 from $2.50, they're still just about the yummiest bargain in town. I like the chicken best myself.

    1. Cheap eats abound in:
      Chinatown
      East Boston
      East Somerville
      Est Cambridge
      Dorchester

      Do a board search for specific recommendations.

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      1. re: gini

        Add Allston as another neighborhood with some great cheap eats. Cafe Brazil, Grain and Salt, YoMa, Buk Kyung II, and Shanghai Gate are all places where you can eat really well for $25 or less per person. (However, if you're intent on alcohol with your meals, not all of those places have liquor licences.)

      2. To further define "inexpensive", as requested, anywhere from $10-$35 each before liquor would be ideal, although there exists a bit of wiggle room. (if $35, apps and entree, or all really great apps etc...)

        1. Lets see....I love grand Chau Chau iin chinatown I think its on Beach St. The food is awesome and they have won many Best of Boston awards....you can have dinner for 2 for under 30 .00 a couple, with food even left over to bring home! Also try pho pasteur around the corner on Washington St. Yummie and cheasp Vietnamese...Also for Unbelievable non italian sanwiches try Volle Nolle on Hanover ask for Torrie the owner is great, locals all hang there....Also try Figs in Charlestown for delicious flat bread Pizzas..

          1. Some ideas:
            - Pasta and crostini at Trattoria Toscana in Fenway.
            - Mexican at Angela's in East Boston.
            - Have had really good duck and steak frites (and apps) at the Garden at the Cellar in Cambridge.
            - Pizza at Grangusto (this is a restaurant not a casual pizza place) in Cambridge.

            These places all put out great food and the chef/owners are in circulation so you get a local feel.