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Brian Samuels

20 of the Boston Area’s Best Affordable Meals

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| Brian Samuels

From tacos to dumplings to noodles, here are 20 of the best inexpensive dining destinations in the Boston area — filling, delicious meals that won’t put too much of a dent into one’s wallet.

Note: Reliable slice joints have been omitted from this map; they have their own map here. Bargain hunters may also wish to consult this map of Boston’s best after-work dining deals or the best ways to dine affordably at some of Boston’s fanciest restaurants.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

This map was originally published on July 17, 2017; it is updated periodically, and the date of the most recent update appears above.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Kelly's Roast Beef

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410 Revere Beach Blvd
Revere, MA
(781) 284-9129
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Like lobster rolls, pizza, and more, roast beef sandwiches can be the root of intense debate in the Boston area — who makes the best? Ask ten people; receive ten different answers. But Kelly’s Roast Beef, which dates back to 1951, has staying power and name recognition throughout the state (with locations in Revere, Saugus, Medford, and Danvers, as well as at Logan Airport) thanks to its piled-high, thinly sliced roast beef sandwiches served on buttered and griddled sesame buns. Try it as a “three-way,” topped with barbecue sauce (James River), mayo, and cheese (basic Land O’Lakes white American).

A roast beef sandwich with cheese, mayo, and barbecue sauce sits on a paper plate, accompanied by thick onion rings.
Roast beef sandwich at Kelly’s Roast Beef
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2. Wang's Chinese Cuisine

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509 Broadway
Somerville, MA
(617) 623-2982
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Not far down the street from Ball Square, Somerville’s Magoun Square is home to a particular block with a PG-13 nickname that features Wang’s Chinese Cuisine, Pini’s Pizza, and Woody’s Liquors. All are suitable for someone searching for affordable dining (or drinking), but Wang’s, in particular, is an important spot in the Boston-area inexpensive dining landscape. It’s known for its dumplings, which come by the dozen, boiled or pan-fried. Options include pork with leek, shrimp and pork, spinach, and more. Dumplings are also available in 50-piece frozen packs to cook at home.

A dozen boiled, plump, Chinese-style dumplings sit on an off-white plate with black and orange circles around the rim. There’s a plastic cup of soy sauce on the plate, too. The plate is on a wooden table.
Dumplings from Wang’s
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3. Tasty Momo

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508 Medford St
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 764-0222
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This Magoun Square shop — now across the street from its original location and with more seating — features momo (a type of dumpling popular in Tibet and Nepal) and a few other items, such as chow mein and aloo dum. Try the chile momo (chicken, pork, beef, or vegan filling), which are tossed in a sweet and extremely spicy sauce, suitable for a light meal on their own.

Momo in a thick and fiery-looking red sauce, served on aluminum foil.
Chile momo at Tasty Momo
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4. Porter Exchange

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1815 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA

A fantastic mostly Japanese food hall (there’s a bit of Korean food, too) is hiding inside of a Lesley University building right in the heart of Porter Square, and it’s full of inexpensive dining options, from ramen to sushi to udon. The restaurants are small, but most offer full-service dining. Some only accept cash; there’s an ATM onsite. Top picks include the spicy miso ramen at Sapporo Ramen, the Tokyo hamburg set at Cafe Mami, and the niku udon at Yume Ga Arukara.

A brown bowl filled with miso ramen, springled with red spice, corn, and a soft egg, with a white spoon resting in the bowl
Spicy miso ramen at Sapporo
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5. Taco Loco Mexican Grill

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46 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 625-3830
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This East Somerville spot — which recently expanded into a larger space next to its original address — is home to some of the best tacos in the Boston area, and they won’t break the bank. Don’t overlook the pupusas or the burritos, either. Medford’s Picante Taqueria is from the same owners and also excellent.

Plastic takeout container with three tacos, rice with a lime wedge, black beans, and radishes for garnish
Tacos from Taco Loco
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6. P & K Delicatessen

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244 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 868-0772

Venture into this old convenience store on Somerville’s Beacon Street and head right to the back for large, wonderful subs, full of sliced-to-order deli meats and more. (Don’t miss the meatball sub.)

A meatball sub and an Italian sub on white deli paper
Meatball sub and Italian sub at P & K Deli in Somerville
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7. Neighborhood Restaurant

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25 Bow St
Somerville, MA
(617) 623-9710
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Somerville’s longtime important brunch destination is the place to go to fill up on pounds and pounds of pancakes, linguica, and more for very little money. The breakfast combos come with a terrifying amount of food (delivered on giant trays by a server with giant biceps), including the legendary Cream of Wheat (or fruit, but get the Cream of Wheat); unlimited tea, coffee, or hot chocolate; a small orange juice; and a pastry basket for the table to share. That’s on top of whatever the actual combo includes, such as pancakes with three eggs and homefries; three eggs with linguica, fried banana, homefries, and toast; French toast with homefries and three eggs; and numerous other options. Arrive at Neighborhood hungry, and plan to nap for the rest of the day. Bonus: The patio is lovely.

A white bowl of Cream of Wheat sits on a dark background, topped with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon
Cream of Wheat at Neighborhood
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8. Machu Chicken

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25 Union Sq
Somerville, MA
(617) 623-7972
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While Somerville’s Machu Picchu is a great choice for a large Peruvian meal, the restaurant’s more casual sibling around the corner, Machu Chicken, is a perfect option for a quick, affordable, filling meal that centers around charcoal-roasted chicken. Wash it down with chicha morada, purple corn juice.

Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken on a white plate with fries. A plate with a simple salad is visible in the background.
Chicken at Machu Chicken
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9. Charlie's Kitchen

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10 Eliot St
Cambridge, MA
(617) 492-9646
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Home of the double cheeseburger, this Harvard Square staple is the place for late-night pub grub, plus karaoke, trivia, and other events. There’s also a beer garden.

Double cheeseburger with waffle fries on a white plate on the edge of a red table. A red tiled floor is visible underneath.
Double cheeseburger at Charlie’s Kitchen
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10. Cactus Grill

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44 Maverick Sq
East Boston, MA
(617) 561-2800
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Located in East Boston’s Maverick Square, this popular Mexican and Salvadoran restaurant serves gigantic burritos stuffed with a choice of steak, chicken, beef tongue, and more. Also on the menu: chimichangas, flautas, tacos, and plenty of other options.

A large burrito and tortilla chips are served on a white plate on a wooden surface
A Cactus Grill burrito and chips
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11. Twin Donuts

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501 Cambridge St
Allston, MA
(617) 254-9421

You’ve seen the retro signage at this classic Allston spot; now eat the doughnuts. Flavors include chocolate butternut, powdered, honey dip, Boston cream, and lots more. There’s also a full breakfast menu of omelets, pancakes, and such.

Overhead view of a simple doughnut on a white paper plate on a black-speckled white table
A doughnut from Twin Donuts
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12. Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe

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86 Bedford St
Boston, MA
(617) 482-1888
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Gene’s gained a cult following out at its original location in Chelmsford (now closed) before expanding here to Boston proper, becoming a downtown mainstay. It has since expanded to Woburn and Westford as well. It’s one of a fairly small number of places that serve Xi’an-style Chinese cuisine in the Boston area, highlighting hand-pulled noodles that are garlicky, chewy, and so filling. Add a lamb skewer and/or tea egg to boost the (already ample) portion.

A black plastic bowl of thick hand-pulled noodles, heavily dusted with chile powder and topped with greens and a generous dollop of garlic. A wooden skewer of lamb pieces sits across the rim of the bowl, which is on a Chinese Zodiac placemat on a red tray
Hand-pulled noodles with a lamb skewer at Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Cafe
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13. Super 88 (aka Hong Kong Supermarket)

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1 Brighton Ave
Allston, MA
(617) 787-2288

This longtime Allston market is a treasure trove of counter-service, inexpensive meals. Roam from stall to stall and fill up on Thai noodles, a variety of dim sum items, Chinese roast pork and duck, bibimbap, Indian curries, priced-per-pound spicy Sichuan meat bowls, sushi, ramen, and so much more.

A takeout container of dry-fried noodles with beef at Silk Road Express in Allston, served on a striped wooden table with a pair of chopsticks
Dry-fried noodles with beef from Silk Road Express in the Super 88 food hall in Allston
Terrence B. Doyle/Eater

14. Lofts Avana Building Food Court

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42 Beach St
Boston, MA

Just to the left of the Lofts Avana door on Beach Street, there’s signage for Friendship BBQ: Go in there to find not only Friendship BBQ (Chinese barbecue skewers) but a whole magical food court, albeit it a tiny one, that also serves inexpensive sushi (Avana Sushi, which also has a larger, newer location at 58 Franklin St.), dumplings and buns (Dumpling King), and simple egg puffs (a cart called Egg Puffs). Plus, there’s a kiosk that sells cell phones, so this little food court covers all the bases. (Note that Friendship BBQ is on the basement level.)

A pink cart that serves egg puffs inside of a small food court. It’s decorated with a large photo of egg puffs.
The Egg Puff Lady’s cart inside the Lofts Avana food court
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

15. Anna's Taqueria

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446 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 277-7111
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Now 25 years old, beloved local burrito chain Anna’s Taqueria has expanded to seven locations. It’s still one of the best places in town for a fast, inexpensive meal. And these days, it’s no longer cash only. Best bet: a super burrito with choice of filling.

A burrito, split in half and wrapped in foil, sits on a wooden table with a side of salsa and tortilla chips nearby. An orange Jarritos soda bottle is visible in the background.
Burrito at Anna’s Taqueria
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16. Tasty Burger

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1301 Boylston St
Boston, MA
(617) 425-4444
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Local chain Tasty Burger is always a reliable pick for a not-too-expensive hamburger that is, well, tasty. The “starvin’ student” is a useful deal: hamburger or cheeseburger, fries, and a beer for $10. There are locations in Fenway, Back Bay, Harvard Square, North Station, and Downtown Crossing.

Hands hold onto a cheeseburger from Tasty Burger, held aloft above more burgers and onion rings
Tasty Burger
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17. Sullivan's

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2080 Day Blvd
Boston, MA
(617) 268-5685
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Open since 1951, Sullivan’s is the classic South Boston spot for burgers, hot dogs, and fried seafood, eaten al fresco at picnic tables among Castle Island’s seagulls. Don’t fear: The line gets long but moves quickly. The seasonal spot operates from the last weekend of February through the last weekend of November.

A double cheeseburger, hot dog topped with relish, container of fries, and cup of soda sit outside in the sun
A burger, dog, and fries at Sullivan’s
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18. Pikalo

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378 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA
(617) 522-1210
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Giant empanadas. There are pizza, Buffalo and cheese, lobster, Nutella and strawberry, and lots of other empanadas available. The JP shop — which also has locations in East Boston and Lawrence — also serves sandwiches, smoothies, wings, and more.

19. Singh's Roti Shop

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692 Columbia Rd
Boston, MA
(617) 282-7977
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Get a hearty taste of Trinidad with roti stuffed full of meats and sides, and don’t miss the hot sauce. Also a must: the doubles, pictured here. Singh’s also carries a variety of Caribbean soft drinks and juices, from soursop to sea moss to peanut punch, as well as desserts, such as tamarind balls and coconut rolls.

A serving of doubles — spicy and sweet chickpeas sandwiched between two pieces of fried dough — sits on white paper on a counter, illuminated by a glowing blue light
Doubles at Singh’s Roti Shop
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

20. Bánh Mì Ba Le

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1052 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA
(617) 265-7171
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One of Boston’s most iconic dishes can be found at Bánh Mì Ba Le, one of Dorchester’s excellent options for Vietnamese food. This incarnation of a classic banh mi includes a baguette stuffed with spiced pork and shredded pork skin, pickled carrots, daikon, cucumber, cilantro, a choice of hot peppers, and special sauce.

Hands hold two banh mi over pavement Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

1. Kelly's Roast Beef

410 Revere Beach Blvd, Revere, MA
A roast beef sandwich with cheese, mayo, and barbecue sauce sits on a paper plate, accompanied by thick onion rings.
Roast beef sandwich at Kelly’s Roast Beef
Katie Chudy/Eater

Like lobster rolls, pizza, and more, roast beef sandwiches can be the root of intense debate in the Boston area — who makes the best? Ask ten people; receive ten different answers. But Kelly’s Roast Beef, which dates back to 1951, has staying power and name recognition throughout the state (with locations in Revere, Saugus, Medford, and Danvers, as well as at Logan Airport) thanks to its piled-high, thinly sliced roast beef sandwiches served on buttered and griddled sesame buns. Try it as a “three-way,” topped with barbecue sauce (James River), mayo, and cheese (basic Land O’Lakes white American).

410 Revere Beach Blvd
Revere, MA

2. Wang's Chinese Cuisine

509 Broadway, Somerville, MA
A dozen boiled, plump, Chinese-style dumplings sit on an off-white plate with black and orange circles around the rim. There’s a plastic cup of soy sauce on the plate, too. The plate is on a wooden table.
Dumplings from Wang’s
Marc Hurwitz/Hidden Boston

Not far down the street from Ball Square, Somerville’s Magoun Square is home to a particular block with a PG-13 nickname that features Wang’s Chinese Cuisine, Pini’s Pizza, and Woody’s Liquors. All are suitable for someone searching for affordable dining (or drinking), but Wang’s, in particular, is an important spot in the Boston-area inexpensive dining landscape. It’s known for its dumplings, which come by the dozen, boiled or pan-fried. Options include pork with leek, shrimp and pork, spinach, and more. Dumplings are also available in 50-piece frozen packs to cook at home.

509 Broadway
Somerville, MA

3. Tasty Momo

508 Medford St, Somerville, MA 02145
Momo in a thick and fiery-looking red sauce, served on aluminum foil.
Chile momo at Tasty Momo
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

This Magoun Square shop — now across the street from its original location and with more seating — features momo (a type of dumpling popular in Tibet and Nepal) and a few other items, such as chow mein and aloo dum. Try the chile momo (chicken, pork, beef, or vegan filling), which are tossed in a sweet and extremely spicy sauce, suitable for a light meal on their own.

508 Medford St
Somerville, MA 02145

4. Porter Exchange

1815 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
A brown bowl filled with miso ramen, springled with red spice, corn, and a soft egg, with a white spoon resting in the bowl
Spicy miso ramen at Sapporo
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

A fantastic mostly Japanese food hall (there’s a bit of Korean food, too) is hiding inside of a Lesley University building right in the heart of Porter Square, and it’s full of inexpensive dining options, from ramen to sushi to udon. The restaurants are small, but most offer full-service dining. Some only accept cash; there’s an ATM onsite. Top picks include the spicy miso ramen at Sapporo Ramen, the Tokyo hamburg set at Cafe Mami, and the niku udon at Yume Ga Arukara.

1815 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA

5. Taco Loco Mexican Grill

46 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145
Plastic takeout container with three tacos, rice with a lime wedge, black beans, and radishes for garnish
Tacos from Taco Loco
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

This East Somerville spot — which recently expanded into a larger space next to its original address — is home to some of the best tacos in the Boston area, and they won’t break the bank. Don’t overlook the pupusas or the burritos, either. Medford’s Picante Taqueria is from the same owners and also excellent.

46 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145

6. P & K Delicatessen

244 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143
A meatball sub and an Italian sub on white deli paper
Meatball sub and Italian sub at P & K Deli in Somerville
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Venture into this old convenience store on Somerville’s Beacon Street and head right to the back for large, wonderful subs, full of sliced-to-order deli meats and more. (Don’t miss the meatball sub.)

244 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143

7. Neighborhood Restaurant

25 Bow St, Somerville, MA
A white bowl of Cream of Wheat sits on a dark background, topped with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon
Cream of Wheat at Neighborhood
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Somerville’s longtime important brunch destination is the place to go to fill up on pounds and pounds of pancakes, linguica, and more for very little money. The breakfast combos come with a terrifying amount of food (delivered on giant trays by a server with giant biceps), including the legendary Cream of Wheat (or fruit, but get the Cream of Wheat); unlimited tea, coffee, or hot chocolate; a small orange juice; and a pastry basket for the table to share. That’s on top of whatever the actual combo includes, such as pancakes with three eggs and homefries; three eggs with linguica, fried banana, homefries, and toast; French toast with homefries and three eggs; and numerous other options. Arrive at Neighborhood hungry, and plan to nap for the rest of the day. Bonus: The patio is lovely.

25 Bow St
Somerville, MA

8. Machu Chicken

25 Union Sq, Somerville, MA
Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken on a white plate with fries. A plate with a simple salad is visible in the background.
Chicken at Machu Chicken
Machu Chicken/Official Site

While Somerville’s Machu Picchu is a great choice for a large Peruvian meal, the restaurant’s more casual sibling around the corner, Machu Chicken, is a perfect option for a quick, affordable, filling meal that centers around charcoal-roasted chicken. Wash it down with chicha morada, purple corn juice.

25 Union Sq
Somerville, MA

9. Charlie's Kitchen

10 Eliot St, Cambridge, MA
Double cheeseburger with waffle fries on a white plate on the edge of a red table. A red tiled floor is visible underneath.
Double cheeseburger at Charlie’s Kitchen
Katie Chudy/Eater

Home of the double cheeseburger, this Harvard Square staple is the place for late-night pub grub, plus karaoke, trivia, and other events. There’s also a beer garden.

10 Eliot St
Cambridge, MA

10. Cactus Grill

44 Maverick Sq, East Boston, MA
A large burrito and tortilla chips are served on a white plate on a wooden surface
A Cactus Grill burrito and chips
Cactus Grill/Official Site

Located in East Boston’s Maverick Square, this popular Mexican and Salvadoran restaurant serves gigantic burritos stuffed with a choice of steak, chicken, beef tongue, and more. Also on the menu: chimichangas, flautas, tacos, and plenty of other options.

44 Maverick Sq
East Boston, MA

11. Twin Donuts

501 Cambridge St, Allston, MA
Overhead view of a simple doughnut on a white paper plate on a black-speckled white table
A doughnut from Twin Donuts
Terrence B. Doyle/Eater

You’ve seen the retro signage at this classic Allston spot; now eat the doughnuts. Flavors include chocolate butternut, powdered, honey dip, Boston cream, and lots more. There’s also a full breakfast menu of omelets, pancakes, and such.

501 Cambridge St
Allston, MA

12. Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe

86 Bedford St, Boston, MA
A black plastic bowl of thick hand-pulled noodles, heavily dusted with chile powder and topped with greens and a generous dollop of garlic. A wooden skewer of lamb pieces sits across the rim of the bowl, which is on a Chinese Zodiac placemat on a red tray
Hand-pulled noodles with a lamb skewer at Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Cafe
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Gene’s gained a cult following out at its original location in Chelmsford (now closed) before expanding here to Boston proper, becoming a downtown mainstay. It has since expanded to Woburn and Westford as well. It’s one of a fairly small number of places that serve Xi’an-style Chinese cuisine in the Boston area, highlighting hand-pulled noodles that are garlicky, chewy, and so filling. Add a lamb skewer and/or tea egg to boost the (already ample) portion.

86 Bedford St
Boston, MA

13. Super 88 (aka Hong Kong Supermarket)

1 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA
A takeout container of dry-fried noodles with beef at Silk Road Express in Allston, served on a striped wooden table with a pair of chopsticks
Dry-fried noodles with beef from Silk Road Express in the Super 88 food hall in Allston
Terrence B. Doyle/Eater

This longtime Allston market is a treasure trove of counter-service, inexpensive meals. Roam from stall to stall and fill up on Thai noodles, a variety of dim sum items, Chinese roast pork and duck, bibimbap, Indian curries, priced-per-pound spicy Sichuan meat bowls, sushi, ramen, and so much more.

1 Brighton Ave
Allston, MA

14. Lofts Avana Building Food Court

42 Beach St, Boston, MA
A pink cart that serves egg puffs inside of a small food court. It’s decorated with a large photo of egg puffs.
The Egg Puff Lady’s cart inside the Lofts Avana food court
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Just to the left of the Lofts Avana door on Beach Street, there’s signage for Friendship BBQ: Go in there to find not only Friendship BBQ (Chinese barbecue skewers) but a whole magical food court, albeit it a tiny one, that also serves inexpensive sushi (Avana Sushi, which also has a larger, newer location at 58 Franklin St.), dumplings and buns (Dumpling King), and simple egg puffs (a cart called Egg Puffs). Plus, there’s a kiosk that sells cell phones, so this little food court covers all the bases. (Note that Friendship BBQ is on the basement level.)

42 Beach St
Boston, MA

15. Anna's Taqueria

446 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
A burrito, split in half and wrapped in foil, sits on a wooden table with a side of salsa and tortilla chips nearby. An orange Jarritos soda bottle is visible in the background.
Burrito at Anna’s Taqueria
Brian Samuels

Now 25 years old, beloved local burrito chain Anna’s Taqueria has expanded to seven locations. It’s still one of the best places in town for a fast, inexpensive meal. And these days, it’s no longer cash only. Best bet: a super burrito with choice of filling.

446 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446

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16. Tasty Burger

1301 Boylston St, Boston, MA
Hands hold onto a cheeseburger from Tasty Burger, held aloft above more burgers and onion rings
Tasty Burger
Tasty Burger/Official Site

Local chain Tasty Burger is always a reliable pick for a not-too-expensive hamburger that is, well, tasty. The “starvin’ student” is a useful deal: hamburger or cheeseburger, fries, and a beer for $10. There are locations in Fenway, Back Bay, Harvard Square, North Station, and Downtown Crossing.

1301 Boylston St
Boston, MA

17. Sullivan's

2080 Day Blvd, Boston, MA
A double cheeseburger, hot dog topped with relish, container of fries, and cup of soda sit outside in the sun
A burger, dog, and fries at Sullivan’s
Sullivan’s/Official Site

Open since 1951, Sullivan’s is the classic South Boston spot for burgers, hot dogs, and fried seafood, eaten al fresco at picnic tables among Castle Island’s seagulls. Don’t fear: The line gets long but moves quickly. The seasonal spot operates from the last weekend of February through the last weekend of November.

2080 Day Blvd
Boston, MA

18. Pikalo

378 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA

Giant empanadas. There are pizza, Buffalo and cheese, lobster, Nutella and strawberry, and lots of other empanadas available. The JP shop — which also has locations in East Boston and Lawrence — also serves sandwiches, smoothies, wings, and more.

378 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA

19. Singh's Roti Shop

692 Columbia Rd, Boston, MA
A serving of doubles — spicy and sweet chickpeas sandwiched between two pieces of fried dough — sits on white paper on a counter, illuminated by a glowing blue light
Doubles at Singh’s Roti Shop
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Get a hearty taste of Trinidad with roti stuffed full of meats and sides, and don’t miss the hot sauce. Also a must: the doubles, pictured here. Singh’s also carries a variety of Caribbean soft drinks and juices, from soursop to sea moss to peanut punch, as well as desserts, such as tamarind balls and coconut rolls.

692 Columbia Rd
Boston, MA

20. Bánh Mì Ba Le

1052 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA
Hands hold two banh mi over pavement Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

One of Boston’s most iconic dishes can be found at Bánh Mì Ba Le, one of Dorchester’s excellent options for Vietnamese food. This incarnation of a classic banh mi includes a baguette stuffed with spiced pork and shredded pork skin, pickled carrots, daikon, cucumber, cilantro, a choice of hot peppers, and special sauce.

1052 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA

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