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Obscenely Cheap in RI?

RhubarbPudd Aug 13, 2009 02:02 PM

Places in Rhode Island that are ridiculously cheap? The kind of place where you wonder how on earth they stay in business. A limited menu is fine, and ambiance matters not a whit. For Parameters, let's say Entrees six dollars or so, and under... or, two people feast on a bunch of little things for under $15 dollars. I mean dirt cheap -- but obviously with tasty eats.

If you've ever been to Evanston, IL, I'm thinking "Pita Inn"-territory. (If you haven't, trust me, and go when you can: divine Greek food, with most things costing $3 or $4.)

Arepas on North Smithfield counts. Where else?

  1. Bob W Aug 19, 2009 06:55 AM

    To the people who responded with snark instead of suggestions: this is chowhound, not foodsnob. Your posts add nothing to the discussion. Sorry.

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    1. re: Bob W
      CapeCodGuy Aug 19, 2009 08:49 PM

      Agreed. To suggest "just eat at home" is not appropriate.

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      Mrs Carroll Aug 18, 2009 11:09 AM

      I recently ate at El Rancho Grande (Providence) with my dad. We had chips & salsa (free), split a taco, each got entrees (steak for him, chicken mole for me) and we each had a glass of sangria, and the bill came to $30, not including tip. The food is always delicious and authentic Meixcan.

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      1. re: Mrs Carroll
        Gin n Tonic Aug 19, 2009 08:19 AM

        While I like this place and, in its own way, Wright's Farm (mentioned up-thread), neither fits the OP's request by a long shot. While he/she hasn't been back to comment, the request was for places with entrees of $6 or under, or dinner for two under $15.

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        bustopher Aug 15, 2009 11:15 AM

        One gets what one pays for but.......Newhavener07 mentioned cheap (or should that be cheep?) chicken places. There is always Wright Farm in, I think, North Smithfield. Salad, pasta with an unimpressive red sauce, french fries and chicken all served family style for around $11 a person all you can eat. The place has all the atmosphere of the Port Authority bus terminal in New York and is about as big. Have to laugh at the sign in the loby saying that occupancy by more than 1,100 people is against the law. Yes it is that big and is full most nights. I go once a year with a bunch of friends just for the fun of it. Great place to people watch though certainly not my first choice for dinner! You did ask for cheap, though.

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        1. re: bustopher
          trufflehound Aug 19, 2009 04:00 AM

          Great fries, very good chicken and salad.

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          hzp Aug 14, 2009 10:57 AM

          apsara! land of cheap eats for years.

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          1. re: hzp
            milemarker0 Aug 14, 2009 02:55 PM

            Flo's #1 Chowda Combo: cup of chowda, 3 clamcakes,
            soda or beer for $5.50 (Middletown)

            1. re: milemarker0
              im hungry Aug 15, 2009 07:08 AM

              flos is gross though,

              1. re: im hungry
                milemarker0 Aug 15, 2009 03:15 PM

                For chowder, clamcakes and a beer, people watching while looking out to the ocean, it's not a bad deal for $5.50....IMO.

          2. CapeCodGuy Aug 14, 2009 10:44 AM

            The mexican joints on Atwells past Federal Hill all are pretty cheap.

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              Frank Terranova Aug 13, 2009 02:39 PM

              The raw quality has to be questioned. A simple Wopper meal is around $6.00 and they use ground beef that its whereabouts is unknown. Cheap food is Cheap Food.

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              1. re: Frank Terranova
                velotrain Aug 19, 2009 11:10 AM

                When do you ever know where any ground beef is from, except in a restaurant that names the farm and the burger is over $10?

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