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Local Experts: Boston, Samantha DiMauro

By Local Expert Samantha DiMauro

Best Cheap Eats in Boston

1
The Avenue

The Avenue

Never judge a dive bar by its gaudy awning and glaring neon signs. This Allston watering hole’s 30-tap beer wall and daily deals are too good and totally true. All day Monday, the kitchen dishes out $2 burgers: sweet, simple and seriously delicious char-grilled beef patties topped with lettuce, tomato, and homemade “secret sauce.”

2
Galleria Umberto

Galleria Umberto

Hiding in plain sight on Hanover Street, this Italian joint lets you sate your appetite (and clog your arteries) for not much more than the change you’ll find at the bottom of your purse. Everything on the menu is under $5, from pizza to panini sandwiches and calzones. Get there as soon as it opens at 11:00 a.m., though—the kitchen only makes a limited amount, and when it’s gone, it’s gone!

3
Mike & Patty’s

Mike & Patty’s

This itty-bitty Back Bay corner cafe is best known for waking up the busy Bostonian with a perfectly crafted breakfast sandwich. Try the Green Madame, an open-faced croque made with melted gruyere and dijon crème fraîche broiled on pain de mie (soft white sandwich bread) and topped with an over-easy egg.

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Saus

Saus

After the 2008 recession left three local university grads without a job, they banded together to bring Boston the French-fried dinner of your dreams. The Belgian-style pomme frites here come with a choice of one of 15 flavor-blasted dipping sauces, including Pindasaus (peanut butter, soy sauce, sate saus and chili paste) and Green Monster (jalapeño, habañero, fresh cilantro and garlic).

5
Taiwan Cafe

Taiwan Cafe

When I first discovered this spot—my stomach grumbling, my wallet light—I nearly wept with joy at the sight of so many steaming, piled up entrees set before me, some for as little as $4.00 a plate. Skip the General Gau’s chicken and take a chance on something you never thought you’d see on a menu, like fried stinky tofu, sautéed blood pudding, or chilled jellyfish.


Visit the Best Cheap Eats in Boston

Taiwan Cafe
34 Oxford St, Boston, MA 02111, United States
8.4/10

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Chinese Restaurant
1
Saus
33 Union St (Marsh Lane), Boston, MA 02108, United States
9/10

People like this place

Belgian Restaurant
1
Mike & Patty’s
12 Church St (at Fayette Street), Boston, MA 02116, United States
9.2/10

People like this place

Sandwich Place
1
Galleria Umberto
289 Hanover St (btwn Prince & Richmond), Boston, MA 02113, United States
8.9/10

People like this place

Pizza Place
1
The Avenue
1249 Commonwealth Ave (btwn Harvard & Spofford), Boston, MA 02134, United States
7.7/10

People like this place

Bar
1
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