Just got finished with an $8 (actually, $8.40 with tax) plate from Taqueria La Mexicana that featured a chile relleno (stuffed with cheese, potato, and chorizo), a pork taco, a pork tamale and a chicken flauta. As always, the meal was fantastic.
This was one of the better values I've enjoyed in recent months (up there with the U Burger $8 Big Papi special burger, topped with chipotle sauce, cheddar, guac, tomato and jalapenos, fries, and a soda that I had during the Series.)
I would love to hear other $8 value deals from the CH community.
People will roll their eyes, and you have to add tip, but for $7.95 you get a lot of food at Bertucci's the their lunch special. Just did it last Fri. for the first time in ages. You have all those great rolls and okay salad and you end up not eating much of the main course so you get 2 or 3 meals out of it. I had a nice eggplant panini that was 3 huge triangles, tasty, I could eat those rolls all day and like the salty olive oil they put out.
Also, you can lunch for <$8 at Petit Robert Bistro and Chef Chang's. And there's always Chacarerro. But we must have had a similar discussion before.
$8 seems a little generous, no? Hard to really call it much of a value (though the dollar may be weak...). Give me a $5 challenge, and now we're talking.
On more temperate days than today, I quite often pick up a grilled chicken bahn mi from PhoViet ($3) and a bag of potato chips (99 cents) from the bodega two doors down from Clear Flour and take them to a very nice little park across the street and have a deeply satisfying meal for less than I'd spend on an Extra Value Meal at McDonald's.
$6.95 for the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet at the Southeast Asian Restaurant on Market St. in Lowell. Including, according to their website :
Tom Yum Gai
Sour Soup with Tofu
Phad Prik Bai Gra Pao
Nom Prik Oong
Phad Nuer Gratium
Phad Khai Luem Mit
Goong Eehur Nung
Phad King Gai
Phad Woon Sen
Phad Bra Mi Luong
Gang Massaman Gai
Gang Keeow Whan
Tapioca Pearls in Coconut
Lao Soy Bean Cake
The Chicken wings alone could do it.
Personally, I can't think of a better cold weather lunch than pho from Xinh Xinh. The massive and intensely flavorful curry chicken soup with vermicelli costs about $6 before tax and tip. If I'm dining solo, I usually leave $10, but if you go with a few friends, a 40% tip is obviously unnecessary.