Quick eats around Royale
I'm going to a concert at the Royale (279 Tremont). Might be in a rush. Can you suggest a place for a quick bite before the show? Chinatown is nearby, but I don't think I'll have time for a sit-down meal so something like Peach Farm is out. I'll be coming on the Red Line / Park Street. Thanks. (Edit: It'll be around 8:30-9PM.)
A few decent, nearby quick-service or brisk sit-down dining options:
Four Burgers -- a quality $8 fast-food burger, good salmon-, turkey-, and veggie-burger alternatives, too
Bento Express -- respectable fast-food Asian, including ramen & udon soups, bento-boxes, rice plates, and sushi
Maria's Taqueria -- decent if not mind-blowing tacos and burritos
Pho Pasteur or Pho Hoa -- sit-down, but pretty easy to get in and out if you order quickly, and they do quality pho
Irashai -- modest sushi and teryaki joint
Jacob Wirth -- good for a quick burger and beer at the bar, doable if it's slow (avoid the German food).
Definitely 2nd McSlim's Pho Hoa recommendation. The owners are friendly, the pho is good (and cheap) and they can easily get you out in 30-40mins tops. Decide what you want to eat ahead of time and you can probably get out even quicker. If pho isn't your thing they do a good grilled pork/rice plate with fish sauce.
This is my go to before a show in the theater district area mainly because it's cheap and the food doesn't make me feel bad.
Check out Quik Pic (Chinese barbecue restaurant)
It's quick duck, pork, etc. with white rice (you can get noodles instead) and a side of greens doused in dripping.
A veggie option is rice rolls in peanut sauce--cheap and savory.