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Sep 11, 2011 09:39 AM

Cheap Eats [Davis/Teele Square]

Do you guys know any places in Davis/Teele Square that's cheap and good?
Please list restaurants w/ the average price for an entree.

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  1. If you do a search of the Greater Boston Area board, by putting in Davis Sq, and then do one for Teele Sq, you will find many threads that will answer your question.

    1. I can only speak for Davis Square, but there's plenty of places for tasty, inexpensive food:
      - Anna's Taqueria ($5 for a massive burrito)
      - Blue Shirt Cafe for California-style wraps and sandwiches ($5-$7 for a sandwich/wrap)
      - Spike's Hot Dogs ($3-$4 for a dog with all sorts of wacky toppings)
      - Mike's Restaurant (not my fave by a long shot) - $7-$9 for pasta. Cheap pizza slices.
      - Snappy Sushi ($8-$10 for specialty maki rolls)
      - Chipotle (national chain, $6 or so for burritos)
      - Dave's Fresh Pasta ($8 or so for awesome panini sandwiches)
      - Redbones ($7-$8 for sandwiches, $12 for dinner special BBQ ribs)

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      1. re: Boston_Otter

        For quick, I second Blue Shirt Cafe. In a similar style, Mr. Crepe at $6-9 per entree.
        For sit down, Martsa on Elm (Indian-influenced Tibetan) at $9-11 per entree.

        Blue Shirt Cafe
        424 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02144

        1. re: yarm

          I'm a Martsa fan. Nice homey food.

        2. re: Boston_Otter

          Redbones half price apps might fit the bill...

          55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

        3. Masala in Teele Sq is now opened (former Tip Top Thai space). Anyone been in?

          Tip Top Thai
          1127 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

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          1. re: digga

            I went in on Saturday night...liked it a lot.
            They are doing $3 margaritas, heh...I'm guessing maybe to draw people in from across the street.
            Their wireless network was called "namaskar" - anyone know if it's the same people?

            1. re: digga

              I've been to Masala multiple times now and I absolutely LOVE their food. All of the curries that I've had from there have been very flavourful and rich, and their naans are amazing. There's a glass window providing a view of the chef working the tandoor, and the environment of the place is nice and classy. The prices are good, with entrees around 10-12 dollars each. They have a Nepalese section on the menu as well but I've stayed mostly with the Indian section since my initial foray into the former didn't prove to be too good a choice (we ordered a Nepalese lamb dish that turned out rather tough).

              Masala does a lunch buffet as well, with a nice array of dishes including chicken curries and paneer and huge platter of veggie stir-fry the last time I went, and all that at only $7.95. The quality of the buffet matched their a la carte dishes pretty well, so definitely try it out if you're in the area! In my opinion, Masala beats out Diva any day.

              1. re: kirbybirdie

                Ditto on the food; it's great. The really nice backstory is that one of the owners of Masala, who is from Nepal, used to be a Dunkin' Donuts lady, who then showed up in the Subway restaurant in Union Square, and now has opened a restaurant! It's a wonderful immigrant success story, and I would love this new restaurant to succeed, plus the food is great!

                1. re: somervilleoldtimer

                  3rds on the food. Was great front to back. Goat entree from the Nepalese side rocked. Fresh garlic naan and baingan bharta from Indian side were top notch. $20 is the starting point for wine by the bottle ( a decent Napa pinot). Thoughtful drink list (for this kind of cuisine). Really just a nice place doing nice food at a good price.

              2. re: digga

                Masala is indeed the real deal. Food is fantastic, layers of spicy and complex flavors. Meats were tender and delicious, great vegetarian offerings as well. Nice buildout, clean and comfortable. Happy to have Masala in my neighborhood!

                1. re: coolhandluke

                  It really is absolutely fantastic. The best local indian we've had. We used to alternate between places because they all were similarly mediocre and inconsistent, but every time we want indian now, we get Masala. The dishes are complex and layered, and we haven't ever been disappointed.

                  I also love that the do delivery locally and accept orders online. Takeout is super-quick and fresh.

              3. PJ Ryan's is a pub/sports bar with surprisingly good food and very decent prices. IIRC, all the dinners are less than $15 and they might be quite a bit less.

                PJ Ryan's
                239 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144

                1. I like the dosas at Namaskar in Davis Square. They are under $15.