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STL BOS Nov 13, 2009 07:25 AM

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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    K8109 Nov 13, 2009 07:41 AM

    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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      blink617 Nov 15, 2009 04:45 PM

      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. hiddenboston Nov 13, 2009 07:48 AM

      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.

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        LeoLioness Nov 13, 2009 08:08 AM

        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

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          bakerboyz Nov 13, 2009 08:11 AM

          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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            grant.cook Nov 15, 2009 07:28 AM

            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

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              CreativeFoodie42 Nov 15, 2009 04:22 PM

              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

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                grant.cook Nov 15, 2009 04:47 PM

                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. Snoop37 Nov 13, 2009 08:46 AM

            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. maillard Nov 13, 2009 08:46 AM

              Kao Nar Ped from Rod Dee. Under $10!

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                okra Nov 13, 2009 09:00 AM

                the link

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

              2. BarmyFotheringayPhipps Nov 13, 2009 09:16 AM

                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. alohagirl Nov 13, 2009 09:54 AM

                  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

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                    joth68 Nov 13, 2009 11:51 AM

                    Salt and Pepper Shrimp at Peach Farm

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                    Peach Farm
                    4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

                    1. CreativeFoodie42 Nov 13, 2009 12:02 PM

                      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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                        teezeetoo Nov 13, 2009 12:06 PM

                        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

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                          bakerboyz Nov 14, 2009 04:44 AM

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

                      2. nsenada Nov 13, 2009 12:12 PM

                        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.

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                          pollystyrene Nov 13, 2009 05:29 PM

                          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. MrsCheese Nov 13, 2009 05:48 PM

                            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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                              newyorker1 Nov 13, 2009 08:53 PM

                              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

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                                hckybg Nov 14, 2009 09:01 AM

                                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.

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                                bartleby Nov 14, 2009 04:07 AM

                                Pizza margherita at Gran Gusto.

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                                Gran Gusto
                                90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

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                                  JennyL Nov 16, 2009 01:31 PM

                                  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. Aromatherapy Nov 14, 2009 04:39 AM

                                  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. barleywino Nov 14, 2009 04:46 AM

                                    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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                                      StriperGuy Nov 14, 2009 05:27 AM

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

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                                      frond Nov 14, 2009 06:06 AM

                                      Fried calamari at Greek Corner Restaurant in Cambridge.

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                                      Greek Corner Restaurant
                                      2366 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

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                                        mikeinboston Nov 14, 2009 08:52 AM

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

                                        1. Snoop37 Nov 14, 2009 10:08 AM

                                          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. MenuPorn Nov 14, 2009 10:44 AM

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

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                                              bizkat Nov 15, 2009 06:04 AM

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

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                                              Ecco
                                              107 Porter St, Boston, MA 02128

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                                                phatchris Nov 15, 2009 06:37 AM

                                                Neptune burger $13

                                                 
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                                                  nasilemak Nov 15, 2009 01:02 PM

                                                  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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                                                    cassis May 2, 2010 06:16 AM

                                                    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. opinionatedchef Nov 15, 2009 02:20 PM

                                                    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. Kirs Nov 15, 2009 06:01 PM

                                                      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

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                                                        9lives Nov 16, 2009 03:43 PM

                                                        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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                                                          idealist Apr 30, 2010 10:12 AM

                                                          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. cannedmilkandfruitypebbles Apr 30, 2010 10:34 AM

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

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                                                            Kinopio Apr 30, 2010 10:49 AM

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

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                                                              Bivalve Apr 30, 2010 10:52 AM

                                                              Fish tacos at Angela's Cafe in East Boston

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                                                                treb Apr 30, 2010 12:32 PM

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

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                                                                  dsmoxie May 1, 2010 07:07 AM

                                                                  Ultimate BLT at Scup's, for $7.50!

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                                                                    voidstar May 2, 2010 08:32 PM

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

                                                                    Why yes, yes I would.

                                                                  2. Monty May 1, 2010 08:54 AM

                                                                    Pelua arepa at Orinoco. $6.50

                                                                    1. nsenada May 1, 2010 09:08 AM

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

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                                                                        teezeetoo May 1, 2010 10:03 AM

                                                                        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

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                                                                        fredid May 1, 2010 11:08 AM

                                                                        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

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                                                                          Otm_Shank May 1, 2010 02:14 PM

                                                                          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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                                                                            teezeetoo May 1, 2010 04:24 PM

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

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                                                                            shaebones May 1, 2010 11:02 PM

                                                                            Chez Henri's Cubano.

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                                                                            Chez Henri
                                                                            1 Shepard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                                                                              TimTamGirl Aug 1, 2010 04:09 PM

                                                                              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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                                                                                devilham Aug 2, 2010 01:28 PM

                                                                                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.

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                                                                                  cambridgedoctpr Aug 2, 2010 03:34 PM

                                                                                  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. greygarious Aug 2, 2010 08:19 PM

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

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                                                                                Blue Ribbon BBQ
                                                                                910 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

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                                                                                  lexpatti Aug 2, 2010 08:41 PM

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

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                                                                                  Sichuan Gourmet
                                                                                  502 Boston Rd, Billerica, MA 01821

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