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Recession Busters

ChickenBrocandZiti Nov 25, 2008 04:30 AM

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. Joanie RE: ChickenBrocandZiti Nov 25, 2008 05:04 AM

    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
      galleygirl RE: Joanie Nov 25, 2008 06:20 AM

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

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        sheila RE: Joanie Nov 25, 2008 10:33 AM

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

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          marilees RE: sheila Jan 24, 2009 12:40 PM

          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
            professor shorthair RE: sheila Mar 9, 2009 01:43 PM

            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
            jkv RE: Joanie Nov 25, 2008 10:53 AM

            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
              Patricia RE: Joanie Nov 25, 2008 11:53 AM

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

              1. re: Patricia
                Suze123 RE: Patricia Jan 23, 2009 07:23 AM

                Martini Workout: http://www.themartiniworkout.com/imag...

              2. re: Joanie
                hiddenboston RE: Joanie Nov 25, 2008 11:54 AM

                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
                  cassoulady RE: Joanie Nov 25, 2008 06:37 PM

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

                  1. re: Joanie
                    hsquare2southend RE: Joanie Dec 2, 2008 05:01 PM

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

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                    joebloe RE: ChickenBrocandZiti Nov 25, 2008 11:03 AM

                    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
                      pamalamb RE: joebloe Nov 25, 2008 02:07 PM

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

                    2. Sal Monella RE: ChickenBrocandZiti Nov 25, 2008 11:06 AM

                      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.

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                        catsmeow RE: ChickenBrocandZiti Nov 25, 2008 03:20 PM

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

                        1. ChickenBrocandZiti RE: ChickenBrocandZiti Nov 26, 2008 10:00 AM

                          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. steinpilz RE: ChickenBrocandZiti Nov 30, 2008 07:45 AM

                            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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                              gramercyfoodie RE: steinpilz Dec 1, 2008 04:36 AM

                              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?

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                                BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: gramercyfoodie Dec 1, 2008 10:46 AM

                                It's pretty much crap.

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                                  gramercyfoodie RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Dec 1, 2008 12:39 PM

                                  lol. no wonder i haven't heard of it here!

                                  1. re: gramercyfoodie
                                    Joanie RE: gramercyfoodie Dec 2, 2008 06:23 AM

                                    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.

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                                      BostonZest RE: Joanie Dec 2, 2008 07:06 AM

                                      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
                                    steinpilz RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Dec 2, 2008 03:37 PM

                                    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
                                      BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: steinpilz Dec 2, 2008 06:00 PM

                                      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
                                        steinpilz RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Dec 2, 2008 06:55 PM

                                        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
                                          Matt H RE: steinpilz Jan 14, 2009 05:51 AM

                                          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.

                              2. SOBoston RE: ChickenBrocandZiti Dec 2, 2008 04:47 PM

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

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                                  avial RE: ChickenBrocandZiti Jan 13, 2009 08:23 PM

                                  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
                                    chevrelove RE: avial Jan 24, 2009 12:23 PM

                                    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. WilliamTheFoodie RE: ChickenBrocandZiti Jan 14, 2009 05:11 AM

                                    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

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                                      avial RE: ChickenBrocandZiti Jan 14, 2009 09:15 AM

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

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                                        Joanie RE: avial Jan 21, 2009 05:04 AM

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

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                                          Fukui San RE: avial Mar 9, 2009 09:53 AM

                                          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. greygarious RE: ChickenBrocandZiti Jan 14, 2009 10:06 AM

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

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                                            BostonCharles RE: ChickenBrocandZiti Jan 20, 2009 09:57 PM

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

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                                              djd RE: ChickenBrocandZiti Jan 22, 2009 04:20 PM

                                              -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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                                                Joanie RE: djd Jan 23, 2009 04:07 AM

                                                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.

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                                                MarsGirl RE: ChickenBrocandZiti Feb 24, 2009 12:25 PM

                                                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. galleygirl RE: ChickenBrocandZiti Feb 24, 2009 03:41 PM

                                                  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....

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                                                    joebloe RE: ChickenBrocandZiti Mar 31, 2009 06:42 PM

                                                    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.

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