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Favorite dish in Boston area - under $15

Although I have thoroughly enjoyed the "ten best things to eat in Boston" thread, I need a manageable (and affordable) go to list that I can start working my way through.

The only rule - you can only name ONE dish, the restaurant has to be in greater Boston and it must be less than $15. Any course (including desserts) is okay.

My pick - the spicy salted ribs at Great Taste in Chinatown.

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  1. One of the salads at Za: Hass Avocado, Black Bean, Tomato, Red Onion, Cheddar Cheese, Bread 'n' Butter Pickled Jalapeno, Red Pepper, and Cilantro Salad with Cumin-Lime Vinaigrette, Sour Cream, and Tortilla Crunch

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    1. re: K8109

      Great choice. I'm not a huge fan of their pizza, but I always agree when my wife wants to go because I can get this salad.

    2. I'm going to go with the tortellini soup at Alia in Winthrop. The taste, the smell, and simply the look of it is so good that I almost get weepy thinking about it.

      1. Maybe the smoked blufish cakes at Highland Kitchen, or (when they have them) the grilled sardines at Rendezvous.

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        Highland Kitchen
        150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

        1. Not a dish but the Bahn Mi sandwich for $3.50 at Pho Viet in the old Super 88 food court. Also, a new favorite: the $14.95 double lobster special with scallion and ginger at China Star of Lowell. Oh, and one more: Ming's Bings, 3 dumpling sliders, duck, pork and cheeseburger at Blue Ginger's lounge, I think it is around $12.

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          Blue Ginger
          583 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482

          Pho Viet
          1095 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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          1. re: bakerboyz

            I second, slightly differently.. the bahn mi at King Do down in Dot.. and and up-and-comer - the dolsot bibimbap at the H-Mart near Burlington - my rice was sizzling in that stone pot for like 10 minutes..

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            H-Mart
            3 Old Concord Rd, Burlington, MA 01803

            1. re: grant.cook

              I made my first venture to H-Mart today. Major chaos! My stomach rumbled from the "food court" but it was too crowded to get close. I'llhave to try the bibimbap another time!

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              H-Mart
              3 Old Concord Rd, Burlington, MA 01803

              1. re: CreativeFoodie42

                Most of the H-mart staff seems to eat there - the Korean-specific place on the far end. And yes, seating is tough.. I had to hover for a while near someone finishing their meal so we could score his table.

          2. this is hard... but my favorite dish at the moment is the sautéed potato gnocchi with squash puree, asparagus and almonds at the Sel de La Terre in Natick. I think it might be $15.... maybe slightly higher- whoops.

            1. Kao Nar Ped from Rod Dee. Under $10!

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              1. re: maillard

                the link

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                Rod-Dee Thai Cuisine
                1430 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

              2. This is primarily hard because most of my favorite dishes are under $15 -- the aforementioned banh mi at Pho Viet is probably my single favorite thing to eat in the city of Boston -- but right at this moment, I'll say the arancini at Galleria Umberto. Heck, you could get one of everything on the menu and pay less than $15.

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                Pho Viet
                1095 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

                1. The dry-fried beef chow fun at Peach Farm is about $6-7 and probably my favorite ONE dish. I would also consider a Speed's dog with everything for $7 as well.

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                  Peach Farm
                  4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

                  1. Salt and Pepper Shrimp at Peach Farm

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                    Peach Farm
                    4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

                    1. I'd have to say the carnitas burrito from Villa Mexico. It is more of a take-out place with only two real seats in Grampy's but it is oh so delicious!

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                      Villa Mexico
                      296 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114

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                      1. re: CreativeFoodie42

                        steamed pork buns at Shanghai Gate (ok, I'll cheat and name two: their spinach and tofu soup).

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                        Shanghai Gate
                        204 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134

                        1. re: teezeetoo

                          That reminds me...the Roast Pork Buns @ Crown Royal Bakery in Chinatown at 90 cents...delicious!!

                      2. This is a tough one, and some of my faves are already listed, but one dish I really love is the Pork and Taro at Taiwan Cafe, and at $6 or $7 you can throw in some scallion pancakes and still come in under $15.

                        1. At Prezza:

                          Roasted Portobello mushrooms, tomato and creamy polenta with parmigiano $15

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                          Prezza Restaurant
                          24 Fleet St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

                          1. I'm not sure I can pick a favorite, but one dish came to mind immediately: Dried Chicken w Chili Sauce at Sichuan Gourmet. It's around $12.

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                            Sichuan Gourmet
                            502 Boston Rd, Billerica, MA 01821

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                            1. re: MrsCheese

                              Another Sichuan Gourmet favorite -- the ma po tofu, probably around $10? My hands-down favorite version of this dish in the boston area...

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                              Sichuan Gourmet
                              502 Boston Rd, Billerica, MA 01821

                              1. re: MrsCheese

                                On the subject of Szechuan, my pick is Zoe's Chicken Chongqing Style (10.95)--nice fried nuggets, lots of dried peppers, and crisp-chewy slices of ginger and garlic.

                              2. Pizza margherita at Gran Gusto.

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                                Gran Gusto
                                90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

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                                1. re: bartleby

                                  I second that. and it comes out of the oven so fast, and the guys over there are so friendly. what's not to like?

                                2. My favorite would change by the minute, but just this minute I'm thinking fondly of the weekend-only beef birria at Taqueria Jalisco in Eastie. $9 and feeds 2 (or makes good leftovers).

                                  1. why only one dish :) ? there are many great dishes, depending on whether one is in the mood for shrimp/chicken/pork/beef/lamb etc or fried/braised/raw etc.

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                                    1. re: barleywino

                                      I agree, I have about a hundred favorite dishes under $15 in Boston. That's what being a hound is all about.

                                    2. Fried calamari at Greek Corner Restaurant in Cambridge.

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                                      Greek Corner Restaurant
                                      2366 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

                                      1. Large cheese, light sauce, well done from Regina's on Thatcher.

                                        1. chicken or beef empanadas from Viva Mi Arepa in West Roxbury. They're a couple dollars

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                                          Viva Mi Arepa
                                          5197 Washington St, West Roxbury, MA 02132

                                          1. Calamari Fritti at Antico Forno...crispy and delicios and whatever they drizzle it with is super tasty

                                            1. Half order of Lobster Mac ‘N Cheese ($14) at Ecco in East Boston.

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                                              Ecco
                                              107 Porter St, Boston, MA 02128

                                              1. Neptune burger $13

                                                 
                                                1. Bun Rieu at Xinh Xinh - i have a terrible craving for it every 2 weeks or so.

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                                                  Xinh Xinh
                                                  7 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

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                                                  1. re: nasilemak

                                                    The spicy fried baby soft shell crab at Xinh Xinh, when they are in season, price varies--ask for it if it's not on the menu.

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                                                    Xinh Xinh
                                                    7 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

                                                  2. Tacos Carne Asada and Pescado at La Verdad by Fenway Park.

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                                                    La Verdad
                                                    1 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215

                                                    Fenway Park
                                                    82 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA 02215

                                                    1. There are tons of great dishes in Boston for under $15.

                                                      My two favorites:

                                                      Canh Chua Chay (#99) at Pho Pasteur. $9.50 for a large that I can never finish
                                                      The Vegetarian Sampler at Addis Red Sea. $14.95 (and if you want to head to Malden and go to Habesha it's cheaper and even better)

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                                                      Habesha Restaurant
                                                      535 Main St, Malden, MA

                                                      Red Sea Cafe
                                                      1127 Harrison Ave, Roxbury, MA 02119

                                                      Pho Pasteur Restaurant
                                                      682 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111

                                                      1. Lots of good ideas already, at below $15..and CTown can keep you busy for a long time..:)

                                                        If you include lunch, Grotto has a gnocchi/short ribs dish that's great. It's very rich and definitely not a summer dish but as it gets colder, I'll put it on my lunch list.

                                                        Few $ more at dinner.

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                                                        1. re: 9lives

                                                          Ali's Roti: Veggie Dinner with Buss-up Shot. I think it runs about $12? It's amazing. I get so excited everytime I walk in there b/c I know I'm going to leave with some yummy food.

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                                                          Ali's Roti Restaurant
                                                          1035 Tremont St, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120

                                                        2. It's the Gyro from Farm Grill for me. If i lived closer I'd eat them a few times a week.

                                                          1. The $14.95 Vegetarian Special plate at Helmand. The Kaddo is worth a special mention, but everything on that plate is delicious.

                                                            1. Fish tacos at Angela's Cafe in East Boston

                                                              1. Chicken Parm at Rino's in Eastie, $14.00 for the entree with salad and pasta.

                                                                1. Ultimate BLT at Scup's, for $7.50!

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                                                                  1. re: dsmoxie

                                                                    Would you like some Millionaire's Bacon with that for just $3.50 more?

                                                                    Why yes, yes I would.

                                                                  2. Pelua arepa at Orinoco. $6.50

                                                                    1. Right now - double-cooked bacon at Sichuan Gourmet in Framingpig. I think it's around $10.

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                                                                      1. re: nsenada

                                                                        nice to see this thread revived. still vote for almost everything at Shanghai Gate, but this winter it was also Can Chua at Sunrise Cafe in Dorchester.

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                                                                        Shanghai Gate
                                                                        204 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134

                                                                      2. I'm sure I could come up with a bunch more!

                                                                        Ceviche at Rincon Limeno
                                                                        Guacamole + chorizo gorditos at Angela's OR her enchiladas con mole if fit price reqs
                                                                        Pupusas y tacos at Rosticeria Cancun/Maverick Square
                                                                        Birria (weekend special) y/o tacos Taqueria Jalisco
                                                                        Meridian Special
                                                                        Rapture or Ultimate BLT (but w/o cheddar) + dessert at Scup's

                                                                        All in Eastie! (Whoops I see I broke the rules!! re: one dish...Ah, well!)

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                                                                        Rincon Limeno
                                                                        409 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128

                                                                        1. Pad Ga Pow Moo Krob from S&I Thai - the pork belly is so crispy and delicious!

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                                                                          S&I To Go
                                                                          168A Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134

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                                                                          1. re: Otm_Shank

                                                                            oh gosh yes i'd have to add the Pad Ga

                                                                          2. Chez Henri's Cubano.

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                                                                            Chez Henri
                                                                            1 Shepard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

                                                                            1. Regina (NE only): Small cheese (or possibly pepperoni), well done, with a puddle of chili oil on my plate for crust dipping and a draft Peroni in easy reach. At the bar, of course.

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                                                                              1. re: TimTamGirl

                                                                                A girl after my own heart, but make mine a salami pizza. Pizza and beer together makes me want to shed tears of joy, it's simply the best pairing.

                                                                                1. re: devilham

                                                                                  east ocean seafood: clams with black bean sauce
                                                                                  sichuan gourmet wontons in chili
                                                                                  coppa duck proscciuto
                                                                                  ck shanghai pork shoulder stew (not on menu)
                                                                                  tamarind bay okra

                                                                              2. BBQ Burrito (with burnt ends) at Blue Ribbon BBQ.

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                                                                                Blue Ribbon BBQ
                                                                                910 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

                                                                                1. mmmmm, anything at Sichuan Gourmet and a falafel at Fordee's!

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                                                                                  Sichuan Gourmet
                                                                                  502 Boston Rd, Billerica, MA 01821