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Jan 3, 2008 06:13 AM

Boston must try Restaurants under $20

Okay, I've been lurking here forever (and have learned a lot)

Now I am so into trying new restaurants, I need some ideas. I'd like to have a list of restaurants with entrees under $20 I must try. I like all kind of food, really... (and I can't afford more expensive restaurants, for now, I am just broke)

I already know my way around Chinatown.

Thank you :)

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  1. well if you've been lurking then you'll probably have heard most of it already. i'd say, trattoria toscana, angela's, most of the places in the super 88 food court, qingdao, punjabi dhaba...gee, lots of others too. i mean, what's "new" for you? and any location preference?

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    1. re: autopi

      I've tried Angela's, Punjabi Dhaba (and most Indian restaurant in Cambridge), Super 88 Food Court, most Chinese places in Boston.

      I am not so familiar with North End, except for Pizzeria Regina's.

      1. re: autopi

        the indian place inside 88 is really good

      2. Welcome to the board!

        A list like this will be HUGE and possibly unmanageable. Maybe it would be helpful to list the restaurant as well as the dish in particular that makes it worth chowseeking out?

        My vote for now goes to ---

        Kathmandu Spice in Arlington - try a dish called Aloo Tama. It's a ubiquitous and very traditional Nepali comfort food, and is a hearty stew of potatoes, black-eyed peas, and a type of fermented bamboo shoot that's very hard to find here. The fermented bamboo is stringy and crunchy and has a flavour that might take some getting used to. Although I've grown up eating this stuff, I could possibly describe it as a combination of sour, umami, smoky, pickle-y... hmm.. maybe. :)

        Anyway, that's my vote.

        Kathmandu Spice
        166 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

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        1. re: Prav

          Thanks. I'll try that. I like bamboo shoots and I cook it often (I don't think I've had the crunchy stringy fermented kind, so I'll definitely try it!)

          1. re: 02139

            Yes - it's definitely sort of a hard thing to find around the country. Boston's lucky to have 4 (FOUR!!!) Nepali restaurants to sample this.

            1. re: Prav

              Today's Calendar's Cheap Eats reviews a Tiebetan restaurant in Brookline, Tashi Delek. Sounds like it fits the OP's search.

        2. Here are a few of my favorites in that price range that are in or near Boston:

          Tacos Lupita, Somerville (Salvadoran, Mexican)
          Angela's Cafe, East Boston (Mexican)
          Pizzeria Regina, North End (pizza)
          Dok Bua, Brookline (Thai)
          Shanti, Dorchester (Indian)
          India Quality, Kenmore Square (Indian)
          Antico Forno, North End (Italian)
          Moulton's, Medford (seafood)
          Reef Cafe, Allston (Middle Eastern)
          Shanghai Gate, Allston (Chinese)

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          1. re: hiddenboston

            I've been to most of these. The only ones I haven't been to are Antico Forno and Moulton's. Good suggestions.

            1. re: hiddenboston

              Most of Franklin Cafe's entrees are at or under $20 I believe.

              I'll also throw in a recommendation for:
              Tu y Yo (Somerville, Mexican)
              Helmand (I think most are under $20)
              Addis Red Sea

              1. re: hiddenboston

                We tried Moulton's for the first time last week. It was great, fresh simple seafood for about the same $ as it would take for us to make it at home. The grilled salmon and swordfish was some of the freshehst I've had in awhile. There was only one other table in there, and a few people eating at the bar. The service was very friendly, and it took less than 10 min to get there from mid-Cambridge.

                I would put this place on par with Out of the Blue. The fish at Moulton's was fresher, but OOTB has better atmosphere. For the record, Dolphin Seafood less than two blocks away, but we never go there. Both OOTB (and now Moulton's put it to shame.

              2. Lots of good recs already.
                In the downtown area, more for lunch - oh and some spots really aren't "restaurants" but you can eat just as well standing up.

                Chacarero - on or near Bromfield - one large combo is a meal.
                On the redline - The Porter Exchange spots -
                I'll throw in a Con Sol recommendation - Portuguese on Broadway in Cambridge - I think entrees did not exceed $14.
                Pretty much any Viet spot in Field's Corner

                  1. re: steve999

                    As a note, Laurel seems to get a lot of mixed opinions on this board, but I think the best bet is to sit at the bar and try a reasonably priced (though not necessarily interesting) entree, and have cocktails. We would go mainly for the fantastically entertaining bar tender, Erryl.

                    1. re: Prav

                      Erryl is fantastic and highly entertaining

                      1. re: Boston Scene

                        Does Laurel still have their Thursday night at half price entrees?