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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

This no-frills Tex-Mex spot offers some of the biggest and cheapest burritos in the city. More...

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

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

Border Cafe Tex-Mex
10/20
32 Church St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Menu
College students flock to this busy Tex-Mex spot in Harvard Square where huge margaritas flow and overstuffed burritos dominate the menu. More...

Bukowski Tavern Bar
12/20
Dining Room at Bukowski Tavern, Boston, MA 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

While best known for its ice cream, this family-owned restaurant also serves up American classics. 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
11/20
19 Edinboro St.
Boston, MA 02111
Menu
Longtime Chinatown staple offers cheap eats until the wee hours: pu pu platters and soft noodles mixed with beef, seafood, chicken or vegetables. More...

Pho Pasteur Vietnamese
12/20
682 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02111
Menu
Longstanding Vietnamese staple in Chinatown serving hearty noodle soup. More...

The Pour House Bar & Grill Burgers
12/20
907 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02115
Menu
Graffiti-scrawled bar-and-grill attracts college students and other penny-pinchers looking for a bargain. More...

Redbones Barbecue
12/20
55 Chester St.
Somerville, MA 02144
Menu
It's time to 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 neighborhood pizzeria is a popular locals' parlor for its plethora of creative pies. More...

Soul Fire Barbecue
Quick Bite
182 Harvard Ave.
Allston, MA 02134
Menu
Popular Allston joint where the dry-rubbed 'cue is plentiful and cheap. More...

South Street Diner Diner
13/20
178 Kneeland St.
Boston, MA 02111
Menu
South Street Diner stands out not only as the city's sole all-night dining destination but also for its breakfast served all day. More...

Sunset Grill & Tap American
12/20
130 Brighton Ave.
Allston, MA 02134
Menu
Boston's original beer mecca has more than 100 beers on tap and a sprawling pub fare menu to match. More...


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