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Jun 1, 2009 02:23 PM

Ok, I'll give you 4 dollars, where are you going to spend it for lunch. And here's the catch- no pizza.

I've stumped myself, so I'll just head over to Christinas for a big ice cream cone.

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  1. Soup from Au Bon Pain. Not that chowish or exciting.

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    1. re: Suze123

      The last time I got a small soup from them, it was a bit over $4 for their small size. :-/

      1. re: kobuta

        Darn! I think you're right. OK. Bon Mi it is!

    2. Still Umberto for me. $2.50 arancini, $1.20 panzarotti, 30 cents change.

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      1. To me, the top choice would be a banh mi, a Vietnamese sub made with a crusty French roll, meat or tofu, shredded carrots, cilantro, and spicy chile peppers. A six-inch sub goes for anywhere between $2.75 and $3.25, depending on the place and the type of banh mi.

        Quick picks (although there are many more): Ba Le in Dorchester, Mei Sum in Chinatown, Pho Viet at the Super 88 food court in Allston.

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        1. re: finlero

          I'm w/you, finlero - when I saw the headline I thought "banh mi, baby!" I want one now, actually.

            1. re: finlero

              Ditto with Ba Le, and I'd add a banh bao (kinda like a massive dry dumpling stuffed with meat veggies and an egg) and it could still be under $4.

              1. re: finlero

                Agreed $4 at 163 Vietnamese Sandwiches in Chinatown gets you banh mi and a coke

                1. re: frankthetank

                  I like 163 a lot. I've also enjoyed their BBQ chicken on lo mein for 3.50.

                2. re: finlero

                  Banh Mi was the first place I thought of too! I'm a huge fan of the New Saigon Shop on Washington Street!

                3. The cafeteria at my kids' High School doesn't even have anything decent for $4.

                  At least that's what they tell me!

                  1. Go to Speeds with a friend in order to split a $7.00 hot dog (loaded of course) and a can of soda. Yumm!