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On The Cheap

    Conor Larkin’s Grill + TapConor Larkin’s Grill + Tap:  Personality plus
    Northeastern students know precisely where to go for pitchers of beer.
    By: LEAH BEN-AMI


    El CafetalEl Cafetal:  Carne: it's what's for dinner
    If nothing else, then come for the drinks.
    By: KENJI ALT


    The Real DealThe Real Deal:  Panini to die for
    Last we left Tony Soprano, he was hunched over a basket of onion rings in a New Jersey diner.
    By: LIZ BOMZE


    AsmaraAsmara:  Look, ma: No forks!
    Being the only Eritrean-Ethiopian restaurant in Central Square, you’d think that the owners of Asmara would have a tough time selling their wares.
    By: KENJI ALT


    La Sultana BakeryLa Sultana Bakery:  Forget the pupusas; bring on the pork
    Shame on anyone who goes to the doughnut chain across the street.
    By: KENJI ALT


    Star Fish MarketStar Fish Market:  Go fish
    Arriving early for a tour of Samuel Adams Brewery, hungry and thirsty Bostonians might stumble across Star Fish Market.
    By: LEAH BEN-AMI


    Dry Dock CaféDry Dock Café:  Whet your appetite
    Whether travelers are in search of fresh fish, are lost in South Boston, or both, the lucky ones might stumble upon this hidden gem.
    By: LEAH BEN-AMI


    El TriunfoEl Triunfo:  A real winner
    The more high-end restaurants that open in a concentrated area, the harder it becomes to find a decent meal that doesn’t break the bank.
    By: LIZA WEISSTUCH


    Joseph’s PizzeriaJoseph’s Pizzeria:  Not your average Joe
    Joseph’s Pizzeria is, pencils down, one of the best places to grab a quick, cheap bite.
    By: LEAH BEN-AMI


    Hot TomatoesHot Tomatoes:  Some like it hot
    Since they opened in March, the crew at Hot Tomatoes has been going through cases — yes, cases — of tomatoes every day.
    By: LIZA WEISSTUCH


    DoughDough:  Maverick Square rises
    One of the most fantastic views of the Beantown skyline is from East Boston’s Maverick Square waterfront.
    By: PHIL AMARA


    Dave’s Fresh PastaDave’s Fresh Pasta:  This ain’t Grandma’s macaroni
    Maybe they should change the name to Dave’s Feeding Frenzy.
    By: PHIL AMARA


    Talk of the Town DinerTalk of the Town Diner:  Something to talk about
    The old adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover” holds true at Watertown’s Talk of the Town Diner.
    By: NAZ SIOCHANSI


    My DinerMy Diner:  Yours, mine, and ours
    Telling anyone about My Diner is bound to trigger a round of Abbott and Costello–like jousting.
    By: LIZA WEISSTUCH


    Szechuan BaySzechuan Bay:  Hot stuff
    Szechuan peppercorns were a bit hard to come by — even taboo — as recently as five years ago.
    By: LIZ BOMZE


    The Blackstone GrillThe Blackstone Grill:  Watering hole, not hole-in-the-wall
    Many locals forget that a few of its Faneuil Hall's pubs have top-notch potential as inexpensive eateries.
    By: LEAH BEN-AMI


    Mangia MangiaMangia Mangia:  Eat, eat!
    Not all of us can enjoy the experience of hearing an Italian family member yell “Mangia, mangia!” (“Eat, eat!”) during a meal.
    By: LEAH BEN-AMI


    International Buddhist Progress SocietyInternational Buddhist Progress Society:  Vegan lunch with a side of dharma
    At the International Buddhist Progress Society’s kitschy café, your server will likely wear prayer robes.
    By: I-HSIEN SHERWOOD


    Cranberry CaféCranberry Café:  Strength in freshness
    Look: it’s a luncheonette! No, it’s a diner! No, it’s a café!
    By: LIZ WEISSTUCH


    Wild Willy’s BurgersWild Willy’s Burgers:  Forget about those other clowns
    When the heck did Boston become hamburger heaven?
    By: PHIL AMARA


    Off the Boat SeafoodOff the Boat Seafood:  Outstanding room only
    “What can I do for ya, my friend?”
    By: PHIL AMARA


    Big Daddy’sBig Daddy’s:  The name says it all
    The name of this Brighton joint is apt: the subs here could double as free weights, and the appetizers will satisfy the inner child of many with a variety of melt-in-your-mouth bite-size appetizers (while also satisfying your wallet).
    By: LEAH BEN-AMI


    Pho and IPho and I:  Thai one on here
    As the clock strikes noon, Northeasterners brave the erratic Boston weather and venture out of their cozy offices and classrooms in search of one essential meal: lunch.
    By: LEAH BEN-AMI


    MulligansMulligans:  Hope you’re hungry
    Business professionals and local sports fans are always buzzing around the North Station area, no doubt working up quite an appetite.
    By: LEAH BEN-AMI


    UburgerUburger:  Meat done well
    From a distance, it’s hard to tell if Uburger — the new hamburger joint in Kenmore Square — is even open yet.
    By: ADAM REILLY


    Presto PizzeriaPresto Pizzeria:  Crust you can trust
    Any Boston College student knows Cleveland Circle is one of the best places to indulge in an array of comfort foods, including burgers, wraps, Chinese food, and pizza.
    By: LEAH BEN-AMI


    My Thai Vegetarian CaféMy Thai Vegetarian Café:  Lean and lovely
    Thai-food connoisseurs are plenty familiar with tofu- and vegetable-heavy menus, but Coolidge Corner’s latest window into Southeast Asia takes that theme one step farther.
    By: LIZ BOMZE


    Madina Market’s KitchenMadina Market’s Kitchen:  Where Boston meets Pakistan  
    Don’t be fooled by the sparse décor of Madina Market’s Kitchen; the food is authentic Pakistani cuisine: rich, abundant, and generous.
    By: IRENE DEVETTE


    Flat Breads CaféFlat Breads Café:   ‘Good for you’ never tasted so good
    Moderately health-conscious Boston College students, staff, and faculty know Flat Breads Café is the perfect place for cheap and nutritious wraps (and even a bit of entertainment, as you watch your delicacy get made). Now you know too.
    By: LEAH BEN-AMI


    West Side KitchenWest Side Kitchen:  A new golden oldie
    West Side Kitchen is part diner, part Norman Rockwell luncheonette, and entirely cozy.
    By: LIZA WEISSTUCH


    Basta PastaBasta Pasta:  In a word, satisfying  
    What’s more comforting after a long day of work than a steaming plate of al dente homemade pasta, bathed in a tangy sauce?
    By: IRENE DE VETTE


    Beijing CaféBeijing Café:  Choice Chinese
    For Chinese-food aficionados operating on a budget, Beijing Café is a hidden treasure.
    By: ADAM REILLY


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