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$8 Challenge

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.

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: Sal Monella

      LOL You've spelled McAdoo wrong! Beleive me, i know. :)

    2. 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.

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      1. re: Joanie

        you must have a very tiny appetite to get 3 meals out of bertucci's

      2. $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.

        1. 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.

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          1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

            $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
            Chicken Wings
            Crab Rangoon
            Giosa
            Garden Rolls
            Spring Rolls
            Phad Prik Bai Gra Pao
            Nom Prik Oong
            Phad Nuer Gratium
            Mhu Himapahn
            Phad Tofu
            Phad Khai Luem Mit
            Phad Pok
            Goong Eehur Nung
            Phad King Gai
            Khang Mhu
            Phad Woon Sen
            Phad Thai
            Phad Bra Mi Luong
            Gang Massaman Gai
            Gang Keeow Whan
            Phad Hoi
            Cowe Phad
            Cowe

            Desserts
            Tapioca Pearls in Coconut
            Agar Woon
            Lao Soy Bean Cake
            Fresh Fruit

            The Chicken wings alone could do it.

            1. re: raddoc

              Now that's a deal. If I'm ever up Lowell way for lunch, Southeast Asian sounds like a good bet.

              1. re: Bob MacAdoo

                Definitely go---it's worth a trip anytime I'm anywhere near Lowell. The buffet is there until at least 2 pm--and then there's a dinner buffet .

          2. 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.