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Truly great cheap eats in Providence RI

chickiebaby Feb 13, 2010 01:23 PM

Providence, show me whatchoo got! Not okay eats, but great eats. And NOT on Thayer Street. Thanks!

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    Frank Terranova Feb 13, 2010 02:56 PM

    Wish I could help. But cheap eats Mean Cheap ingredients. Simple as that.

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    1. re: Frank Terranova
      invinotheresverde Feb 13, 2010 07:07 PM

      We've had this discussion before. There are other factors involved in the price of a meal other than the ingredients. Some places opt for more expensive:

      Sound system
      Interior decorator/decor
      Wine program
      Employee benefits
      Chef/Sous/Pastry positions
      Employee pay rate

      1. re: Frank Terranova
        joe777cool Feb 14, 2010 06:27 AM

        to actually address the subject, and not just add snark, my favorite cheap eat is $1 taco tuesday at El Rancho Grande in Providence

        Frank - cheap ingredients arent necessarily bad. Many ethnic restaurants take inexpensive cuts of meat and with lots of love make them delicious. In fact that is how American BBQ started; slaves taking the cuts of eat nobody else would eat and making them great. Try keeping an open mind

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          Frank Terranova Feb 14, 2010 08:12 AM

          Interesting dialog on this subject. As far as the love thing. all the chef's I know all cook from the heart so there is the love thing. It all surrounds itself with food prices and that dirty word Labor. At 35-38% cost it doesnt leave much room for profits Thats the point I should have mentioned first.

          1. re: Frank Terranova
            joe777cool Feb 14, 2010 01:48 PM

            when I said "love" I meant long cooking periods, heavy seasonings, sauces, different cooking preparations. Any neewbie with a spatula and a grill can cook a $12 filet mignon. Its those people that can turn a $3 hunk of gristle and tendon into something delicious that are worth their salt in my book anyways.

            On a side note, the Pilgrims fed lobsters to their livestock because they thought it wasnt fit for human consumption. Before the 1980's, fisherman couldnt sell a Patagonian toothfish if they tried.....you may know it by its new name, Chilean Sea Bass, one of the most sought after and expensive fish in the world.

            "Quality" is in the eye of the beholder sometimes.

        2. re: Frank Terranova
          StriperGuy Jul 15, 2010 07:53 AM

          I completely disagree with the above statement.

          Some of the most remarkable meals of my life have been at humble ethnic restaurants that did not charge a ton for their food.

          No foie gras, or caviar for sure, but shore of that excellent ingredients, really fresh, well made, etc. I recently posted a thread on the Boston board where over 100 restaurants that meet that criteria are included.

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            atheorist Jul 17, 2010 05:23 AM

            Hear, hear. And sniffing such remarkable meals out is the meaning of "Chowhound."

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          Gin n Tonic Feb 13, 2010 03:00 PM

          Use the "Search this board" function, giving results like this:

          Cheap Eats, Rhode Island

          Obscenely Cheap in RI?

          Rhode Island Cheap Eats

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          1. re: Gin n Tonic
            JaneRI Feb 16, 2010 09:17 AM

            and this one....scrumptious under $10 in/around Providence:

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            shoes Feb 15, 2010 05:12 AM

            We love the Walt's Roast Beef chain in the Providence area - you get sandwiches of juicy roast beef on a buttered grilled roll made to order and lovely fries - crunchy outside, soft inside. About $6.

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              joe777cool Feb 15, 2010 06:05 PM

              I love Walts too, but I think its a bit pricey for what it is (fast food). My meals generally run $10 (a walts combo and an extra sandwich).

              I also have to say that the sandwiches arent the same since the bbq sauce changed. Kraft changed their "original recipe" to a "new original recipe" that chages completely different, and not in a good way IMHO.

              1. re: shoes
                Clams047 Feb 17, 2010 10:14 AM

                We like Walt's, but find the Beef Barn in N. Smithfield near Woonsocket ( 1 Greenvile rd) to be the best in the area for a low priced, but quality roast beef sandwich. The small side salad with their French dressing is a nice compliment.

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                Frobisher Feb 15, 2010 05:47 AM

                I will take cheap to mean you can get a main under $10.00. Using that criteria and staying within the city limits:

                Red Fez
                Not Just Snacks
                Cactuz on Smith St. for slightly-Americanized burritos and tacos
                Pho Horns for Vietnamese
                La Petite Mange on Weybosset. Hit or miss, but when it hits very solid.
                Hewtins sausage/hot dog truck.
                Don Gallo's on Chalkstone for Mexican.

                For a great grinder - Anthony's Deli on Admiral or Sandwich Hut on North Main.

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                  dagwood Feb 15, 2010 08:25 PM

                  Luxe Burger Bar. Excellent burger that you design yourself with a side of fries for $6.99. Throw in a drink and you're looking at $10. Or split a plate of chili nachos with a pal for the same price.

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                    Sean Feb 17, 2010 04:10 PM

                    Beef Barn is awesome

                    Crazy Burger has eclectic menu items that are reasobably priced

                    Of course, all the Coney Island and NY systems weiner joints in the state

                    Stanleys Burgers in CF and Providence

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                    sarabean Feb 17, 2010 06:02 PM

                    we love la lupita in olneyville square for awesome tacos, huarraches, and quesedillas. rancho grande on plainfield st is a great value as well.

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                      bmisbin Jun 11, 2010 11:09 AM

                      I agree La Lupita is great. Also Banh Mi sandwich at Asian Bakery 310 Broad St $2.99.

                      La Lupita
                      1950 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02909

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                      1. re: bmisbin
                        lslao Nov 26, 2010 04:12 PM

                        Recently went to Asian Bakery for the first time and got their BBQ banh mi sandwich for $4: delicious!


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                        joe777cool Jun 12, 2010 08:54 AM

                        You cant beat United BBQ on Ives St for cheap and very decent BBQ

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                          okra Jul 6, 2010 08:15 AM


                          United Bbq
                          146 Ives St, Providence, RI 02906

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