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Recession Busters

Headed to Tremont 647 tonight for two dollar taco Tuesdays. Name some other deals in this vein. Maybe we can put a weeks worth of good, inexpensive dining together.

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  1. Didn't we just have a thread on this? Save this list:

    An Tua Nua: $3/4 apps from 5-7, Miller $2.50
    Bambara: daily 4-6, $5 and under apps
    Banshee: Dorchester, daily lunch special $6 until 4PM
    Daisy Buchanon's: M-F 3:30-7, $2
    Bukowski's: til 8PM, $1.69 burger
    Excelsior: 3 course wine dinner on Wed. $39
    Flemings: M-F 3-6 $1.95 bar specials
    Gari: 4:30-6:30 dinner 2 for $35
    Great Bay: M-F 5-6, $1 bites
    Grendel's Den: 1/2 price 5:00-7:30pm, jug of sangria $10
    Jacob Wirth: $6 beer and brat
    Kingston Station: M-Wed, 5-7 1/2 price apps
    Lineage: $1 oysters M-F evening
    Living Room: M-F 4-7, $1 oysters on Wed.; 1/2 apps weekdays; Tues.
    Masa: M-F 5-7, $1 tapas
    Masona: 5-6:30 Tues-Sun., $12 early supper
    McCormick & Schmick: til 6 or 6:30 and late
    Morton's: M-F til 5-6:30, 9:30-11, $6 apps
    Myers+Chang's: "Cheap Date Night" Sunday, Monday Tuesday,$40 per couple
    Noir: M-F til 7, 5-4-3-2-1 (nuts, cookies, salad, skewers, sandwich)
    Novel in BPL: tea M-F 2:30-4, $19.95
    Pho Republique: M-F, 5:30-7:30 $2 dim sum
    Redbones: 4-6PM 1/2 price apps
    Red Sky: M-F 1/2 price apps
    Rustic Kitchen: $3.95 apps
    Shay's: $4 apps Sun-Thurs., 6-10:30
    Sorriso: Mon 5-9, pizza $5
    Summer Shack: happy hour til 6:30 and late
    28 Degrees: Tu-Fri., 5-7 $1 oysters
    Uno: 4-7PM and 10-close Sun-Fri, $1.99-2.99
    Vecchia Roma: 3 courses for $22.95 on Tue-Thurs.
    Vox Populi: 3 course prix fixe

    Emma's, Bridgewater: .99 pizza Sun. and Wed.

    family dinners: Garden at Cellar ($5 small and $10 large plates), KO Prime (Retro Sun $25 all you can eat prime rib), Pigalle ($40-$5 3 courses w/ wine and bar menu), Rendezvous ($38 3 courses), Rialto ($40 3 courses), Rocca (4PM $22 for 2 courses and a sweet), Sage (5:30 $25 w/ cheese plate), Vlora ($35 3 courses)
    Thirsty Scholar: Sun. 6-10PM $4 burger and chicken sandwich

    Salvatore's: Mon. Flight Night, 6-8PM, $15, 4 cocktail infusions
    Beacon Hill Bistro: Wine & Dine every other Mon. 7PM, 4 course dinner w/ wine $55
    Pops: Mon. sandwich nite
    L'Espalier: Mon. 7PM, 4 small courses w/ wine, $55
    Ashmont Grill: Mon. Nite Wine Club, 6-8PM, $25 or 30, 5 wines w/ small plates
    Davinci: $29 3 courses on Mon & Tues.
    Red Hat: 10 cent wings on Mon. & Tues 5-10; trivia on Wed., 9PM 1/2 apps
    Khao Sarn: every 3rd Tues., sample wines w/ free apps, 6:30 $16 pp

    Miel: wine tasting and food, $35

    33 Rest: Hot off the Vine, Wed. 5-7PM, $20-40, 4 wine samples w/ food
    Robyn's: Roslindale, $5 pizza on Wed. and Thurs.
    Sel de la Terre: Wine Wed. 7PM, $45
    Stadium: Southie, Wed. trivia, 8PM; $2 Tues., $4 Fri. 4-7PM

    Meritage: Thurs. wine nite, 5:30-7, $25

    Felt: Fri. free pool til 8PM, 1/2 price apps
    Intercontinental: Fri. martini workout

    Fireplace: every other Sat. 3PM, $25

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    1. re: Joanie

      Excellent work, Joanie; I'm printing it out to carry in my wallet!

      1. re: Joanie

        Have anyone tried KO Prime Retro Sun. all you can eat prime rib? It sounds good.

        1. re: sheila

          We went back in April - the girls ordered filet mignon off the menu, and the guys went for the prime rib. It really is all you can eat, pretty good quality - you just have to walk across the dining room each time with your plate for the next piece, which is a turnoff for some. It came with all the accompaniments but nothing else, so you may want to order some sides. Otherwise, just save room for the prime rib!

          1. re: sheila

            I did this last year. I ate so much prime rib I figured they would discontinue this deal. I'll have to go back.

          2. re: Joanie

            Here's another log to throw on the fire:


            $1 tacos on Tuesdays at Le Verdad. The limit of 5 tacos per person seems...unnecessary. Even a little gross to think about.

            1. re: Joanie

              Martini workout?!? Details, please. Great list.

              1. re: Joanie

                Hey Joanie, could you be more specific with each of these? ;-b

                That deal at Masona sounds really good, by the way. Here are the details:

                $12 from 5pm till 6:30pm; add $4 after 6:30. Options: roast turkey, pumpkin ravioli, sauteed shrimp, and fish and chips.

                1. re: Joanie

                  Joanie, What a great list! Thanks for putting it together, cant wait to check some out!

                  1. re: Joanie

                    Oops- please disregard- I somehow missed the original post!

                  2. Are these really big tacos? I've had them in many cities for 75 cents or 99 cents so I didn't know $2 is a special price here.

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                    1. re: joebloe

                      No, they're typical sized, but for a sit-down restaurant that's not a taqueria, they're pretty good.

                    2. GURU Indian cuisine on Broadway (outside of Teele Sq) in Somerville. $7.95 for combination plates. Plenty of high quality food. And they're expanding to a sit down restaurant soon.

                      1. Townsends in Hyde Park. Choose one app and one entree for $15. Must order before 6:45. Monday through Friday

                        1. The wife and I did in fact hit up two dollar taco night and we had a great time. The taco's were very good, especially the catfish. I also sampled the grilled steak, the carnitas and the quesadilla. All were very good and did not seem to skimp. If it hadn't been for our last couple drink rounds this would have been a very cheap night. All told we spent 60 dollars on drinks and dinner so I feel pretty good.

                          1. I'll add Soul Fire BBQ in Alston ($5 pulled pork sandwich), the Lower Depths at Kenmore $1 hotdog.

                            For home cooking: I got hanger steak for less than $4/lb yesterday at McKinnon's market in Davis Square, there are always many great deals on meat there. Kotobukiya at Porter Square has a fresh seafood mix (clam, shrimps, fish fillets, scallop with roe, oysters) for ~$6-7, this makes for a couple of very nice meals.

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                            1. re: steinpilz

                              When is the $5 pulled pork special for? Also haven't heard much re: Soul Fire...we passed it yesterday and was curious...how is it?

                                  1. re: gramercyfoodie

                                    Not everyone hates it, I know there are a couple others besides myself who've had okay stuff there. I pretty much have just had pulled pork sandwiches with really good potato salad and the collard greens are great. I also like the space a lot, so you can decide for yourself.

                                    1. re: Joanie

                                      I'm one of the others. I've enjoyed it. Not the best in town but consistent and tasty. We usually do take out or have it delivered.

                                  2. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                                    Barmy, you old grouch! I didn't even dare to recommend the brisket, that's the one you're not happy about right? ;-)

                                    BTW, it's $5 all day - not a special price.

                                    Thanks Joanie.

                                    1. re: steinpilz

                                      It was definitely an appallingly bad brisket sandwich that led me to give up once and for all (and just buy my own backyard smoker) after giving them many, many second chances, but I'm afraid I've always been kind of dissatisfied with Soul Fire. But that's another story.

                                      For me, the ultimate recession buster remains the banh mi at PhoViet: it's gone up seventy-five cents since I started eating them, to a whopping $3.25, but it's still the best cheap lunch in the neighborhood.

                                      1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                                        Barmy, you could be a "bespoke brisket" provider for Soul Fire and many other restaurants around Boston.

                                        I haven't yet tried any banh mi, but thanks to Chowhound I think I soon will -- PhoViet will probably be my first though Chinatown is equally convenient. that $3.25 is a great deal.

                                        BTW, I made some green chili stew this fall using your Chowhound recipe.

                                        1. re: steinpilz

                                          If Chinatown is equally as convenient Mei Sum and Lu's are my two favorite in the neighborhood. Both sandwiches are still priced at $2.75 a piece as well.

                              1. Your best option's probably The Brown Bag...classic menu.

                                1. dante at the Royal Sonesta revamped their bar menu - 4 classic drinks for $8 and half a dozen or so more creative ones for $10 plus a serious bar food menu of small tastes - sfizi(chicken liver pate, braised mushrooms, cannelloni beans and ham are a few) - and some larger items - sliders and a small steak frites. Lastly, from Friday to Sunday, from 4-7pm, they're doing $1 Island Creeks oysters and some of the sfizi will be just $1.

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                                  1. re: avial

                                    Oysters are $1 from 4-11:30, according to the website. Was there last night and confirmed this. Sfizi are indeed $1 till 7 only.

                                  2. It would be nice to have a list of prix fixe dinner or lunch options that is current, not months old. Appetizers just don't draw me out to aplace in this weather, especially when the drinks are still $15

                                    1. Devra First also just posted a list on her boston.com blog: http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/...

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                                      1. re: avial

                                        Good stuff on that, more to add to my list.

                                        1. re: avial

                                          Looking up this thread, as I went to the Sunday Supper $22 prix fixe menu at Sage in the South End listed on the boston.com blog, and it was outstanding. We tried both options of the prix fixe of the appetizers and entree, and there wasn't a bad dish in the bunch. My favorite was the slow cooked pork belly. The dessert was a full fledged dessert of four zeppoli, unlike the similar $22 Sunday prix fixe at Rocca, where the dessert was just a bite. At $22, I don't not recommend it, but Sage was a cut above that in value and taste.

                                          I've also had the Sibling Rivalry fight night menu. More expensive, of course, at $35, but good as well.

                                        2. Through the winter, Summer/Winter in Burlington (same owners as Arrows in ME) is having a 3-course Friday night prix fixe for $35.

                                          1. they are pretty decent $2 tacos, but no better than Angela's cafe... if that good.

                                            1. -sigh- Am I just getting older? I keep being stunned that burgers and Cambridge/Somerville Chinese main dishes bust the $10 mark. Shouldn't burgers be $7.50 and Chinese entrées $8.25? I think my mind is stuck in 1999. (For pizza, it's stuck in 1991... I can't believe I can't get a slice of pizza and a can of soda for two bucks.)

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                                              1. re: djd

                                                Ha ha, I had to break my not pay over $2 for a cookie rule when flour prices went up. Gave up on burgers for <$10 a while ago altho a few can still be found.

                                              2. Tavolo in Dorchester offers a Regional Pasta Tour on Wednesday evenings at 6:30. They highlight a different region of Italy every week. You'll learn about the local cooking styles and enjoy a three-course meal, with suggestions for the perfect wine pairing. Cost is only $18. This week (Feb. 24th) they are featuring Trentino-Alto Adige.

                                                Coming Up:
                                                Week 5 - Friuli Venezia Giulia
                                                Week 6 - Veneto
                                                Week 7 - Emilia-Romagna

                                                I believe reservations are necessary.

                                                1918 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester Center, MA 02124

                                                1. O'Fado in Peabody has a $35 dinner for two...Steak tips and grilled shrimp, with a decent bottle of red wine...I forget what the wine was, but they're known for having a reasonable wine list....

                                                  1. Texas Roadhouse $7.99 early dinner:

                                                    6 oz. Sirloin Steak
                                                    10 oz. Road Kill Chopped Steak
                                                    Grilled BBQ Chicken
                                                    Country Fried Chicken
                                                    Chicken Critters Dinner
                                                    Pulled Pork Dinner
                                                    Grilled Pork Chop (Single)
                                                    Chicken Caesar Salad
                                                    Grilled Chicken Salad
                                                    Chicken Critter Salad

                                                    All dinners (except salads) are served with your choice of two made-from-scratch sides along with bottomless fresh-baked bread and peanuts.