Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Best Boston Cheap Eats

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 GAYOT's selections for the best cheap eats.

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

Anchovies Italian
433 Columbus Ave.
Boston, MA 02116
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
908 Massachusetts Ave.
Arlington, MA 02474

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

Border Cafe Tex-Mex
32 Church St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
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
Dining Room at Bukowski Tavern, Boston, MA 50 Dalton St.
Boston, MA 02115
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
743 Washington St.
Newtonville, MA 02460

While best known for its ice cream, this family-owned restaurant also serves up American classics. More...

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana Pizza
Dining Room at Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, Chestnut Hill, MA The Shops at Chestnut Hill
199 Boylston St.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

It's all about pizzas and every topping imaginable at The Mall at Chestnut Hill’s Frank Pepe. More...

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

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

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

Redbones Barbecue
55 Chester St.
Somerville, MA 02144
It's time to get ready to roll up your sleeves and dig into barbecue and rare ales. More...

Santarpio's Pizza Pizza
Dining Room at Santarpio 111 Chelsea St.
Boston, MA 02128
This Eastie neighborhood pizzeria is a popular locals' parlor for its plethora of creative pies. More...

South Street Diner Diner
Dining Room at South Street Diner, Boston, MA 178 Kneeland St.
Boston, MA 02111
South Street Diner stands out not only as one of the city's few all-night dining destinations but also for its breakfast served all day. More...

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

Best Cheap Eats in Other Cities


GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards honor America's best chefs, as well as promising newcomers and a top restaurateur.