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Best Boston Cheap Eats


As the world economy slows down, we may want to tighten our belts, but we still need to fill our stomachs. Splurging at top-rated restaurants is fun for special events, but where can you go for a good quality meal that won't break the bank? Gather the change out of your piggy bank and sofa cushions and take it to one of our selections for the best cheap eats in Boston.

All Star Sandwich Bar Sandwiches
13/20
Dining Room at All Star Sandwich Bar, Cambridge, MA 1245 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Menu
This sandwich shop's funky menu ranges from tuna melts to a Cubano. More...

Anchovies Italian
12/20
433 Columbus Ave.
Boston, MA 02116
Menu
This tiny South End Italian secret serves reasonably priced red sauce favorites well into the night. More...

Anna's Taqueria Tex-Mex
Quick Bite
822 Somerville Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140
Menu
This no-frills Tex-Mex spot offers some of the biggest and cheapest burritos in the city. More...

The Barking Crab Seafood
Quick Bite
Dining Room at The Barking Crab, Boston, MA 88 Sleeper St.
Boston, MA 02210
Menu
You can’t beat the skyscraper-lined harbor view at this seafood spot located in the up-and-coming Fort Point Channel district. More...

b.good American
Quick Bite
131 Dartmouth St.
Boston, MA 02116
Menu
Cheeky Back Bay pit stop for healthy fast food. More...

Blue Ribbon Bar-B-Q Barbecue
12/20
908 Massachusetts Ave.
Arlington, MA 02474

Good old-fashioned Carolina-style ’cue in Arlington. More...

Boloco Burritos
Quick Bite
1080 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02115
Menu
The trend toward healthier food continues with Boloco’s burrito approach to fast food. More...

Bukowski Tavern Bar
12/20
50 Dalton St.
Boston, MA 02115
Menu
Burgers, hot dogs, one of Boston's biggest beer selections, and White Trash Cheese Dip --- right by Fenway Park. More...

Cabot’s Ice Cream & Restaurant American
12/20
743 Washington St.
Newtonville, MA 02460
Menu
While best known for its ice cream, this family-owned restaurant also serves up American classics. More...

Cantina La Mexicana Mexican
13/20
247 Washington St.
Somerville, MA 02143
Menu
This Mexican cantina in Union Square serves up authentic fare, including standout tamales. More...

Mike's City Diner Diner
11/20
1714 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02118
Menu
Mike's is a true-blue American diner that brings the artsy South End back down to its classic foodie roots. More...

Moon Villa Chinese
Quick Bite
19 Edinboro St.
Boston, MA 02111
Menu
Longtime Chinatown staple offering cheap eats until the wee hours. More...

Pho Pasteur Vietnamese
12/20
682 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02111
Menu
The name of this longstanding Vietnamese joint in Chinatown says it all: comfy noodle soup is the focus. More...

Redbones Barbecue
12/20
55 Chester St.
Somerville, MA 02144
Menu
Get ready to roll up your sleeves and dig into barbecue and rare ales. More...

Santarpio's Pizza Pizza
13/20
Dining Room at Santarpio 111 Chelsea St.
Boston, MA 02128
Menu
This Eastie pizzeria remains a locals’ parlor par excellence. More...

Sunset Grill & Tap American
Quick Bite
130 Brighton Ave.
Allston, MA 02134
Menu
Boston's original beer mecca has a sprawling menu to match. More...


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