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A Penny Pincher's Delight: 12 Bites for $5 or Less

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Because you can never save enough pennies, especially during this time of year, here's a list of 12 guilt-free places where you can get your snack on for $5 or less.
Katie Chudy


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1. Highland Kitchen

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150 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 625-1131
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Sides & Snacks Menu: Here, bar-hoppers can have their pick from a couple of different items from the "Sides & Snacks" part of the menu. HK chips and onion dip and an order of fried sweet plantains each come in at $4.95, while pickles, mac & cheese, and French fries all come in under $4. [Photo: Facebook]

2. Backbar

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9 Sanborn Ct
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 718-0249
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Spicy Caramel Popcorn: Without the optional $5 bacon add-on, this “buttery, sweet and a hint of heat” treat comes in at $3. Other bites of mention in the same price range: house-made bread & butter and warm olives. [Photo: Facebook]

3. Harvest

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44 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 868-2255
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Fried House-Made Pickles: There are five small bites on the bar menu, including paprika-dusted and fried house-made pickles, mini Maine lobster rolls, and deviled eggs. They're $5 each, or they can be mixed and matched at three for $13. [Photo: Official Site]

4. Oleana

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134 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 661-0505
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Warm Buttered Hummus with Basturma & Tomato: On the lengthy list of meze at this popular Cambridge restaurant, warm buttered hummus with basturma (cured beef) and tomato is available for $5. Also in that price range, avocado & dukkah (with Egyptian spice blend) and whipped feta with sweet and hot peppers. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

5. Garden at The Cellar

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991 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 475-0045
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Sliders: Diners get their choice of a beet slider, complete with horseradish, dill, and pickled red onion; a mini burger with cheddar, arugula, and aioli; a pork belly bun with pickled vegetables, jalapeno, and cilantro; or a mushroom crostini with sherry-walnut puree and fresh goat cheese. They all come in at under $5 a piece under the “One or Many” section of the menu. [Photo: Foursquare]

6. Ward 8

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90 N Washington St
Boston, MA 02114
(857) 350-4412
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Bacon Cashew Caramel Corn: Newcomer Ward 8 offers a serving of bacon cashew caramel corn for $3, available until 1am. Other sharable snacks like three-cheese spinach dip and crispy steak tacos start at $7. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]

7. Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale

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48 Temple Pl
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 426-0048
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Warm Pretzel with Dijon Mustard: During both lunch and dinner hours, deviled eggs and marinated olives are each served for $4. During dinnertime, however, pretzels with dijon mustard join the cheap eats, also for $4. [Photo: Joonbug]

8. Tavern Road

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343 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 790-0808
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Fried Chickpea Bites: Cheap eats are available late night at Tavern Road (after 11 PM). There's a choice of whipped goat’s milk feta, salt and pepper spiced nuts, or fried chickpea bites. Fried potatoes with rosemary are a splurge at $6. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

9. Drink

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348 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 695-1806
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Pimento Cheese with Sourdough: At $5, the cheese and sourdough is one of three options ready to be paired with a cocktail at Drink. Other options include Japanese street corn and, for a sweet treat, an ice cream sammy. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

10. Post 390

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406 Stuart St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 399-0015
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Eggplant Parm Sliders: In addition to a raw bar that serves items like crab knuckles and claws, clams, and shrimp for under $3.50 each, the dinner and late lunch menus offer an eggplant parmesan slider for $3.50 that is topped with fresh mozzarella and basil pesto. [Photo: Official Site]

11. Masa

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439 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 338-8884
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$1 Bites: In the bar area only, ten different bites await, varying from pork spring rolls and black bean tostadas to queso fundido empanadas and mini fish tacos, all for $1 each. Better yet, they're half-priced on weeknights from 4 PM - 7 PM and again from 10 PM to close—and all night on Thursdays. [Photo: Official Site]

12. Sycamore

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755 Beacon St
Newton, MA 02459
Gougeres: Hot and cheesy, the gougeres are served in a neat pile for $5 and are a perfect companion to one of the house cocktails. Also on the menu and at the $5 and under mark, pickled garden vegetables, marinated olives, and rosemary-white bean puree. [Photo: Facebook]

1. Highland Kitchen

150 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143
Sides & Snacks Menu: Here, bar-hoppers can have their pick from a couple of different items from the "Sides & Snacks" part of the menu. HK chips and onion dip and an order of fried sweet plantains each come in at $4.95, while pickles, mac & cheese, and French fries all come in under $4. [Photo: Facebook]
150 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143

2. Backbar

9 Sanborn Ct, Somerville, MA 02143
Spicy Caramel Popcorn: Without the optional $5 bacon add-on, this “buttery, sweet and a hint of heat” treat comes in at $3. Other bites of mention in the same price range: house-made bread & butter and warm olives. [Photo: Facebook]
9 Sanborn Ct
Somerville, MA 02143

3. Harvest

44 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Fried House-Made Pickles: There are five small bites on the bar menu, including paprika-dusted and fried house-made pickles, mini Maine lobster rolls, and deviled eggs. They're $5 each, or they can be mixed and matched at three for $13. [Photo: Official Site]
44 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138

4. Oleana

134 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139
Warm Buttered Hummus with Basturma & Tomato: On the lengthy list of meze at this popular Cambridge restaurant, warm buttered hummus with basturma (cured beef) and tomato is available for $5. Also in that price range, avocado & dukkah (with Egyptian spice blend) and whipped feta with sweet and hot peppers. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
134 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139

5. Garden at The Cellar

991 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Sliders: Diners get their choice of a beet slider, complete with horseradish, dill, and pickled red onion; a mini burger with cheddar, arugula, and aioli; a pork belly bun with pickled vegetables, jalapeno, and cilantro; or a mushroom crostini with sherry-walnut puree and fresh goat cheese. They all come in at under $5 a piece under the “One or Many” section of the menu. [Photo: Foursquare]
991 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

6. Ward 8

90 N Washington St, Boston, MA 02114
Bacon Cashew Caramel Corn: Newcomer Ward 8 offers a serving of bacon cashew caramel corn for $3, available until 1am. Other sharable snacks like three-cheese spinach dip and crispy steak tacos start at $7. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]
90 N Washington St
Boston, MA 02114

7. Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale

48 Temple Pl, Boston, MA 02111
Warm Pretzel with Dijon Mustard: During both lunch and dinner hours, deviled eggs and marinated olives are each served for $4. During dinnertime, however, pretzels with dijon mustard join the cheap eats, also for $4. [Photo: Joonbug]
48 Temple Pl
Boston, MA 02111

8. Tavern Road

343 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
Fried Chickpea Bites: Cheap eats are available late night at Tavern Road (after 11 PM). There's a choice of whipped goat’s milk feta, salt and pepper spiced nuts, or fried chickpea bites. Fried potatoes with rosemary are a splurge at $6. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
343 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210

9. Drink

348 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
Pimento Cheese with Sourdough: At $5, the cheese and sourdough is one of three options ready to be paired with a cocktail at Drink. Other options include Japanese street corn and, for a sweet treat, an ice cream sammy. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
348 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210

10. Post 390

406 Stuart St., Boston, MA 02116
Eggplant Parm Sliders: In addition to a raw bar that serves items like crab knuckles and claws, clams, and shrimp for under $3.50 each, the dinner and late lunch menus offer an eggplant parmesan slider for $3.50 that is topped with fresh mozzarella and basil pesto. [Photo: Official Site]
406 Stuart St.
Boston, MA 02116

11. Masa

439 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116
$1 Bites: In the bar area only, ten different bites await, varying from pork spring rolls and black bean tostadas to queso fundido empanadas and mini fish tacos, all for $1 each. Better yet, they're half-priced on weeknights from 4 PM - 7 PM and again from 10 PM to close—and all night on Thursdays. [Photo: Official Site]
439 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116

12. Sycamore

755 Beacon St, Newton, MA 02459
Gougeres: Hot and cheesy, the gougeres are served in a neat pile for $5 and are a perfect companion to one of the house cocktails. Also on the menu and at the $5 and under mark, pickled garden vegetables, marinated olives, and rosemary-white bean puree. [Photo: Facebook]
755 Beacon St
Newton, MA 02459

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