Boston Cheap Eats Comfort Food Joints
- FrugalDanny Jan 26, 2009 04:12 PM
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
Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe
El Pelon Taquieria
L Street Diner & Pizzeria
Mike's City Diner
Pizzeria Regina: Faneuil Hall Food Court
Silvertone Bar & Grill
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.
-Happy Hour at McCormick & Schmick's offers good comfort food, including a $2 burger
-La Papusa Guanaca
-Spike's Junkyard Dogs
-New England Soup Factory
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:
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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!)
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!
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....;)
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.