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Nov 11, 2008 04:49 AM

Cheaps Eats Around South Station (Not Including Chinatown)?

I'm meeting up with people at South Station tonight, and have a little time (not much, though) to grab a bite to eat before meeting up with them. Last time I was at South Station in the evening, I went to the Taiwan Cafe, but I think I'd rather do a non-Asian option this time. Anything within three or four blocks of South Station that is quick and cheap, and open until at least 6:00?


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  1. Kingston Station and Good Life.

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    1. re: Blumie

      Sorry, as it turns out, I'll probably only have time to grab takeout somewhere....I do want to hit Kingston Station one of these days, though!

      1. re: hiddenboston

        That's an easy one: chacarero!

        Alternatively, you could grab Regina's by the slice at South Station. Of course it's not the original, but it's still a decent slice to go.

        1. re: Blumie

          That's right--Chacarero is open until 7:00, isn't it? That might work. Thanks!

          1. re: hiddenboston

            Flour Bakery and Cafe near the Children's Museum has sandwiches.

            1. re: hiddenboston

              They claim to be open til 7, but I've been turned away at 6:45 when they've had everything cleaned up by then. But you should be fine if you're planning to be there around 6.

              1. re: Blumie

                Really? Their website says they close at 6.

                Which location do you tend to go to? When I walk past the Arch Street location at 6:30, they usually look like they're about to leave for the night.

                1. re: finlero

                  They used to close at 7:00 at the Filene's location. Their website now says 6:00 for both locations. Sorry for the misinformation.

        2. Don't miss Al's South St for a great sandwich.
          A little late for this post and I don't know what time they close, but for future reference.

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          1. re: janzy

            They close at 6, and they're not really all that close to South Station.

            1. re: Blumie

              The new Al's location at South and Essex is a really quick walk (but I think they close at 6 too).

              1. re: finlero

                Wow, I'm full of misinformation in this thread. I was unaware of the new Essex Street location.

                1. re: Blumie

                  Considering the copious amounts of genuinely useful information you've supplied over the years, I think the Boston board community can spot you a mulligan on this one. :)

                2. re: finlero

                  They say the close at 6:00pm but I frequently walk by around 4:30pm and they are all cleaned up, chairs are up, and the doors are locked.

            2. Well, as it turns out, I got into Boston around 5:15, parked on Melcher Street, and walked to Chacarero on Province Street--only to find it closed at around 5:30. They had a map with a note saying that their Arch Street location was open until 6:00, but their map was so confusing that I decided not to look for it. So I ended up walking back toward South Station, arriving at Al's on South Street by about 5:45, only to find the place closed for the night. So I went to South Station and grabbed a couple of slices at Regina's. FYI, the slices were very good....

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              1. re: hiddenboston

                Wow, with all that walking you must have been hungry!!

                Panera (not a fan) is open late. They are on Atlantic Avenue across from International Place if you are in need again.

                1. re: kate used to be 50

                  Oh, I was hungry, believe me! Later on that night I made up for it by getting some Bova pastries and eating them before I even left the store. :-b

                  I don't mind Panera; especially their soups...maybe next time I'll look into that, though I may consider Flour next time, too.

                  1. re: hiddenboston

                    I do like Panera's soups, especially the tomato rice - yum

                    1. re: kate used to be 50

                      Panera is also a great place to buy a loaf of French bread to bring home for dinner. If you ask nicely they usually have a warm loaf or two available.