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Boston Cheap Eats Comfort Food Joints

I've been creating a Google Map of above average cheap eats comfort food places on my website:

I need more ideas. If you have any please post here. Thank you Danny

These are the ones I have so far

Boston Beerworks
Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe
El Pelon Taquieria
L Street Diner & Pizzeria
Lower Depths
Mike's City Diner
Pizzeria Regina: Faneuil Hall Food Court
Pour House
Silvertone Bar & Grill
The Tam
Uburger

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  1. Love the sweet potato fries at Beerworks!

    There's plenty of discussion on Pizzeria Regina on this site, but I'd say the North End location before any of the others.

    Also:
    -Happy Hour at McCormick & Schmick's offers good comfort food, including a $2 burger
    -Galleria Umberto
    -The Paramount
    -Bottega Fiorentina
    -Canto 6
    -La Papusa Guanaca
    -Pho Viet
    -Chacarero
    -Petsi Pies
    -Bostone Pizza
    -Spike's Junkyard Dogs
    -New England Soup Factory

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    1. re: pamalamb

      pama - wow! thks i'll start checking them out.

      added umberto paramount & bostone - look great

    2. does speeds count?
      hen house, (chicken and waffles)
      the victoria diner (they got grits)
      pit stop barbeque

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      1. re: hyde

        Hyde - yes thks. added Victoria & Speeds - a wagon! - I even found it using google's street view

        I'm open to the following to quote my blog:

        I'm On A Mission. I Want To Find Tasty Good Cheap Comfort Food Offering Good Value And Good Digestion In America's Top Rated Affordable Classic Restaurants Diners Roadhouses Drive-ins Joints Dumps Dives Drivethrus Driveups Drivebys Stickups Greasy Spoons Hole-In-The-Walls Honky Tonks Barbecues BBQs Barbeques Bar-BQs Bar-B-Qs Bar-B-Ques Bars Broilers Cafes Cafeterias Cantinas Carts Chop Houses Clubs Coffee Shops Delis Dining Cars Dinner Houses Fish Camps Fish Houses Fountains Grills Grocerys Ham Houses Huts Inns Kitchens Lobster Pounds Luncheonettes Lunchcounters Lunchwagons Markets Meat-And-Threes Nests Nooks Pantrys Parlors Pits Pizzerias Pubs Rail Cars Rib Houses Saloons Shacks Shantys Sheds Shops Smokehouses Stands Steakhouses Supper Clubs Taps Taquerias Taverns Trailers Trucks WhatChamacallits WhatNots and WhatEvers! (have I left anything out?)

        The Places That Help Make America The Unique Place It Is.
        The Places Worth Spending My Time, Effort, Money, and Digestion on.

        I'm Not Looking For Perfection. I'm Looking For Satisfaction.

      2. Not as cheap as it used to be, but I'd add Carlo's Cucina to the list. Well above average traditional red sauce Italian.

        1. Didn't the Tam close years ago??

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            1. re: bakerboyz

              The Tam is alive and well. Reasonably price beer... not sure about the food quality. Maybe someone else has details on that.

              1. re: bakerboyz

                Different place called the Tam. The one in Brookline, near Washington Square, had pretty decent food, and has indeed been closed for years. There's a dive bar in downtown Boston, across from the Emerson Majestic, also called the Tam. (Although its sign is in a weird Gothic font, so that for many years I thought it was called the Cam.) Don't know if that one has food at all, or whether it's in any way chow-worthy.

                1. re: Allstonian

                  Yeah I have the dive bar one - seems to be more of a "comfort beer" joint?
                  i may drain it from the map.

                  el pelon thks - hearing about more "burned" places lately..they say they will reopen

                  1. re: Allstonian

                    Shame about The Tam (Brookline), which occupied the Publick House's current location for at least 10 years. It was a great live-music venue, and the food was indeed decent. That was a handy brunch spot when I lived nearby. Then they moved into a larger space in Coolidge Corner that was just hideous, like a dungeon, and the end came pretty swiftly.

                  2. Anyone who knows me knows what I'll be adding to the list - Angela's! Guacamole, tacos, and her wonderful mole all certainly comfort me!

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                      1. Thank you to MC Slim JB for reminding me of the original Tam. I spent many a night there when I first moved to Brookline and enjoyed the food as well as the music. I think it became Koka Pelli (sp?) before it became the Public House. I just wanted to add that McCormick's has more than good burgers for $1.95. They probably have the best bar menu in town, so you might pay $5. for mussels or a grilled chicken sandwich for the $1.95.

                        1. Lewis' Bar and Grille in Norwood
                          Cronin's Publick House in Quincy
                          Taqueria El Amigo in Waltham
                          Classic India in Kenmore Square
                          Farm Grill in Newton
                          Qingdao Garden in Cambridge
                          Monte's in Lynn
                          Family Restaurant in Brookline

                          I can probably think of about 100 others, but I'm running on fumes right now (just got back from Manhattan).

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                          1. re: hiddenboston

                            dear hidden I'm going to save these and others on thread that lay outside boston for my mass map or maybe a greater boston map...want to keep this centered pretty much on boston just to keep it from getting unwieldy

                            1. re: FrugalDanny

                              Oh ok, sorry about that. I was kind of thinking about that as I posted the list. Here are a few others, then:

                              Don Ricardo's, South End
                              Villa Mexico, Beacon Hill
                              Waterfront Cafe, North End
                              Orinoco, South End
                              Chacarero, Downtown Crossing
                              Sultan's Kitchen, Financial District
                              Woody's, Fenway area
                              Squealing Pig, Brigham Circle

                              1. re: hiddenboston

                                don orinoco chacarero sultan woody's mapped thks!

                            2. re: hiddenboston

                              able to add cronins farm qingdao family to new greater boston map thks!

                              1. re: FrugalDanny

                                So when will we be seeing these maps you're making? ;-)

                            3. I would add:

                              Z Square
                              Audubon Circle
                              Penguin Pizza

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                                1. re: bakerboyz

                                  Walked past Z Square at 6 last night - it was closed. No sign up, though.

                                    1. re: bluestbluesea80

                                      No, Circles in the South End was fast - barely 2 months. Z Square (the Harvard Square one - should have specified that was the one I meant) was there for better than 2 years. For that matter, the BU branch had been there for a year.

                                2. Parish Cafe - Back Bay
                                  Picco - South End
                                  Veggie Planet - Harvard Sq.
                                  Johnny D's - Davis Sq.

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                                  1. re: pollystyrene

                                    mapped parish picco
                                    will map vp johnny d on greater boston map
                                    Thanks

                                    1. re: FrugalDanny

                                      veggie planet johnny D's on new Greater Boston map..thank you

                                    2. re: pollystyrene

                                      sandwiches at the parish are in $15-$18 range. with a drink that's close to $30 a person. is that cheap?

                                      1. re: hotoynoodle

                                        I don't remember the prices from the last time I was there a couple of months ago, but the online menu says the sandwiches are $9-12, and they all come with salad or potato salad or something. Have prices gone way up?

                                        1. re: pollystyrene

                                          i have no idea what the on-line menu says, nor how accurate it is. just know what i've spent last few times i was there. yes, the sandwiches come with potato salad or cole slaw -- i don't like either.

                                    3. A few other votes for things I find reasonably priced and reasonably comforting:

                                      Grilled cheese @ Hi-Rise (Cambridge)
                                      Various soups & stews @ Izzy's (Cambridge)
                                      Miso ramen @ Ken's Ramen (Super 88, Allston)
                                      Biji jjigae @ Wuchon House (Union Sq, Somerville)
                                      Wafu set @ Cafe Mami (Porter Sq)
                                      Hot chocolate @ LA Burdick (Harvard Sq) (not cheap for hot chocolate, but cheaper than a meal!)

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                                      1. re: another_adam

                                        great..i'll add these to a greater boston map i got in the works...

                                      2. Lomo saltado at Rincon Limeño
                                        Short rib shumai at Ecco
                                        Banh mi bo kho (beef stew, not to be confused with the sandwich) at Xinh Xinh
                                        BBQ pork banh mi at Pho Viet
                                        Shamday at Martsa's on Elm
                                        Veal paprikash at Jasmine Bistro
                                        Beef cheek tacos especiales at Taqueria El Amigo
                                        Homestyle soup noodles with shredded pork at Beijing Star
                                        Tofu kimchee jeeyook bokum at Buk Kyung II
                                        Larb moo at Dok Bua
                                        Potato pancakes at Cafe Polonia
                                        Roast beef hash at Auntie B's (RIP, Locke-Ober lunch, hope you come back someday)
                                        Pork torta at Mike & Patty's
                                        Gyros plate at Farm Grill & Rotisserie
                                        Pupusa plate at Mi Tierra, Waltham
                                        Plato montañero at El Paisa

                                        Boy, there's a lot of animal fat on that list!

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                                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                                          beautiful going to get hungry checking these out

                                        2. cafe jaffa --especially the falafel.

                                          bukowski's
                                          kai ten at fugakyu on sun-mon-tues nights

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                                          1. re: hotoynoodle

                                            shanghai gate, especially the pork buns
                                            gitlo
                                            paris crepes
                                            new england soup factory
                                            baza's hot bar (veal meatballs for 6.99 a pound)
                                            cafe polonia
                                            vietnamese banh mi at the little vietnamese place at Super 88

                                            1. re: hotoynoodle

                                              Are the prices for kaiten any cheaper than usual?

                                              1. re: galleygirl

                                                yes. the prices are like dim sum, and you pay by the plate. either $3 or $4. maki portions are smaller, usually 2 or 3 pieces, but you get the normal 2 pieces of sushi and 2 pieces of sashimi.

                                                1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                  Thank you, that's great, it doesn't show up on their website...
                                                  For those reading along who may not know, kaiten, or kaizen sushi is the conveyor belt sushi that I didn't know we had in Boston! The sushi goes by on a little conveyor belt, and you pick the plates you want, and, as hotoynoodle says, it's like dim sum, because you're charged by your stacked plates, of different colors. TC loves this control of price thing....;)

                                                  1. re: galleygirl

                                                    fugakyu actually does it by plate shape -- square or rectangle. the plates go by on boats in the little moat that usually carries the plastic look-a-like sushi.

                                                    you can also make requests off the kai ten menu if what you want doesn't float by during your visit. $4 for hamachi or uni!

                                                    it's weird though, sometimes it's mobbed and sometimes i'm one of a just a few diners. and plenty of people sit there, order from the menu and are totally unaware of the concept.