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.
Good pickup Bob. I'll throw in a nod to Guru (Indian cuisne on Broadway Somerville just outside of Teele Sq.) They have great $7 daily luncheon specials that come with rice, naan and a main...they can throw in some spicy pickles if you want. And they offer this on weekends too.
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.
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.
Pho from Xinh Xihnis a great call. So is a torta from Tacos Lupita.
Noodle or wonton soup from Hong Kong Eatery - between $3.50 and $6.75
Tacos especiales from Taqueria El Amigo - $5.95
Nachos from Taqueria Mexicana: $5
Rice plate from Hong Kong Eater - varies, but around $7.50
Bahn Mi from Mei Sum - $3.
Combo meals from Punjab Dhabi - around $8
I might add more later.
I'll put in a plug for my usual favorites under $10:
- a pulled pork sandwich with NC sauce, house pickles, and a side dish ($5) and a beer at Soul Fire BBQ on Harvard in Allston;
- and Shino Express sushi ($1 each, I hear they now use brown rice and uni is over $1, but it's still a great choice).
For neighborhood-y, hit the spot, cheap lunches: Sugar and Spice/esp. Mango Curry and Drunken Noodles; and before I discovered Angela's, I'd chow down at Picante - Papas quesadilla ($4?) with lots of salsa, or breakfast burito w/Mole (on the weekends) ($5.25) Not fancy food, but tasty. (And the burrito did me for lunch and most of dinner!)
Fordee's Grill in Watertown: $5.50 for a 10oz char grilled cheeseburger
Cafe Luigi in Bedford: $7.99 for veal cutlet parmigiana with pasta on their luncheon menu.
Izzy's in Cambridge: $5.25 for a large roast pork sub
The Kebab Factory in Somerville: $7.95 for their lunch buffet Monday-Friday
East Asia in Somerville: Chinese luncheon specials $5.25-$5.55 which include soup, appetizer and your entree.
I could go on and on with many more but I'll stop.
The roast lamb sandwich with marinated eggplant at Artu's - about 7 bucks.
The pork chop rice platter at Taiwan Cafe - six bucks
Fried squid with spicy sauce, veggies and rice at Hong Kong Eatery - six bucks
Eight delight fried noodles at Grand Chau Chow - seven bucks
Prawn mee at Aneka Rasa - seven bucks
I'm addicted to the giant curry on rice plates and especially the "Indonesian Fried Rice" plate at Rod Dee Thai in Brookline on Beacon St. Both are under $8 and Indonesian Fried Rice plate has rice, vegetables, two kinds of chicken (stir fried soft white meat, and big chunks of panko fried chicken), a fried egg, slivers of hot green peppers and is served with a thin sweet and sour sauce. This dish is huge and outrageously good.
A terrific sandwich (mentioned also on the grinder/hero thread) : Meridian Market's (in East Boston) Meridian Special. Borrowing Rubee's description: "a large tasty sub with prosciutto, bocconcini (homemade mozzarella, I believe) chicken cutlets, fresh basil, and roasted red peppers". A large one ($8) is lunch for two! I hear Meridian also has great arancini....
Thanks for all the great feedback. In no particular order, I will make it my business to:
1. Do lunch at Tacos Lupita (combo plate or torta sound like great options)
2. Lunch at Guru
3. Revisit Izzy's (I'd forgotten how good their Friday sub special was)
4. Umberto's (for $8, you can feed three!)
5. Go pho it (sorry for the pun) at Xihn Xihn
6. Hit Bertucci's - (that panini sounds great and their rolls are sublime)
Again, thanks for all input.
At least where I work (MGH area), it is really tough to eat lunch for under $8 within the immediate area. Yeah, I could travel 15-20 mins and hit a lot of the spots mentioned here, but within the 5 minute walk radius for me it seems like $8-10 is pretty much the norm (and I don't feel like one gets a very good value in a lot of those $8-10 cases)
Another couple of $8 East Boston meals - Three chorizo gorditas at Angela's ($7.50)....!/2 rotisserie chicken at Rincon Limeno or El Chalan (We just ate at RL yesterday and they don't seem to have their delicious green sauce/dip anymore - instead, they gave us mayo w/cilantro or some such. Will ask them again, with my limited Spanish, next time I go.)
As crazy as it seems in Southie, yes Southie..... The Junction has very decent food and all sanwiches are 5 dollars at lunch time. Nothing too fancy, I recommend the chipotle wrap but you just cannot go wrong with the bacon cheeseburger - its big, its great and the fries are thick cut, seasoned and crispy. I hear they now serve a beer brie that I can't wait to try.
SO for your $8- you can have lunch and a beer....IN SOUTHIE!!!!