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May 26, 2010 09:46 AM

Best Cheap Lunch in Backbay area

Any recommendations ?

I wish there was a site like for boston ... I'm tired of the Bolocos and Subways and the Prudential food court. I can go out explore a bit in the summer as things aren't that busy ...

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    1. re: Taralli

      Finally went there today, and I was expecting to be totally wowed by posts I've seen on this board. But I have to say it was just "meh." And I spell "meh" My god, Eat Here many times, because it is amazing. I had the Pork Torta, which was tremendous - the pulled pork, the refried beans, the jicama slaw and avocado all were great and fresh by themselves, and still managed to pull together to equal more than the sum of their parts. Loved the sesame roll it came on.

      Also had the fried green tomato blt - the tomatoes were freshly fried, had a nice crust that didn't slide off, and the bacon and bread were great. I saw someone order a crocque madame, and next time I am all over that action. Had a Verna's glazed doughnut for dessert. Luckily it's somewhat far from my office, so I think I walked a slice of the bacon off, possibly.

        1. re: nsenada

          knights of columbus that is an impressive lunch ! Knowing what I know about your doc, I'm sure he'll not be impressed, but wow, you can at least know that I'm looking on with great pride and awe. Good work. Don't listen to that darn doc. ;)

          1. re: Nab

            Well, I did split the sandwiches and doughnut with a friend (so a little less impressive). On the doctor front, I've been exercising like a madman for about 4 months to see if it would reduce the gobs of pork fat in my arteries. I went for my follow up checkup, and he had left the practice, and moved to another town. I took it as a sign from God that I was meant to enjoy deliciousness.

            1. re: nsenada

              You drove him out of his practice and out of town, even more impressive !

              You are winning, my friend. =)

        2. re: Taralli

          Just went today and had the best cuban I've ever had! I've had the Montrose Spa, I've had El Oriental de Cuba, I have not (yet) had Chez Henri, but this topped my list so far. The pickles popped through with a burst of dill, the pressing was perfect and the sandwich was not greasy somehow. It was so good, the only negative being that I finished it and there's no more to eat. Go get one.

          Chez Henri
          1 Shepard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

          Montrose Spa
          1646 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA

        3. Cafe Jaffa on gloucester Street. It's a great lunch choice, the food is great and the people are so nice.

          I wrote a piece about them recently.


          Cafe Jaffa
          48 Gloucester St, Boston, MA 02115

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          1. re: BostonZest

            I love Jaffa, but it can get a bit smelly, so I usually take-out.

          2. I second the Mike and Patty's.

            I like the buffet at Tantric -- really the Theater District.
            I also like Snappy Sushi - only truly cheap if you don't have a large appetite.
            And the Thai place, across from the Hynes, downstairs, forget the name.

            Snappy Sushi
            144 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

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            1. re: bgavin

              B. Good on Dartmouth is healthy and cheap.

              1. re: bgavin

                The thai spot is Chili Duck i think.

                1. re: nasilemak

                  It is Chili Duck and it's good but unless it's a new addition, they don't have a lunch menu so it gets $$.

              2. Get something to go from Trident Cafe. Steve's on Newbury St./Hereford is decent if you want to get a salad or sandwich. Viga, though it gets panned a lot, is actually pretty decent for a piece of pizza or a salad or pasta dish without spending a fortune. Davio's has a little cafe counter in that little arcade behind the restaurant. I forget what it's called (the Arcade) but they always have a nice mix of salads, sandwiches, pizza slices. I guess there's a Wagamama in the Pru now, so that's probably good for noodle soup and stuff like that.

                1. Oh yeah, some people at the office I used to work in used to order from Chili Duck too and they always liked what they got.

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                  1. re: BackBayGirl

                    Yes, I also love Chili Duck! My husband is addicted to the spicy eggplant with laab style chicken.