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On the Cheap: Union Square Donuts

Pastry perfected in Somerville
My first maple-bacon donut was overnighted to my freshman-year roommate and me by his mother in Portland, Oregon. I hadn't had one since.
By: LUKE PYENSON  |  March 05, 2013


On the Cheap: Felcaro Pizzeria

By day, there isn't much to distinguish Cambridge Street's Felcaro Pizzeria from the infinitude of American pizza joints.
By: ERIC TWARDZIK  |  February 22, 2013


On the Cheap: Banh Mi House

Knockout sandwiches where you'd least expect them
A newcomer to our city's unfortunately anemic banh mi scene, Banh Mi House is located in the urban hellscape we call Downtown Crossing, tucked into a small, difficult-to-find quasi food court.
By: LUKE PYENSON  |  February 05, 2013


On the Cheap: Piperi Mediterranean Grill

Anyone who has experienced the falafel-toppings orgy found in any Maoz falafel joint will feel at home at the universe's very first Piperi Mediterranean Grill.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  January 23, 2013


On the Cheap: Neighborhoods Coffee & Crepes

French treats find a cozy nook in Fenway
Walking into the warm, aromatic embrace of the new, gingham-curtained, brightly austere café on Fenway's Restaurant Row on one of the new year's first frosty mornings felt a bit like walking into a hug after getting one's feelings bruised by an unkind word.
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  January 07, 2013


On the Cheap: Café Beirut

Lebanese fare beyond falafel in JP
People (my mom) always ask(s) me why I studied Arabic in school if I just want to be a food writer.
By: LUKE PYENSON  |  December 21, 2012


On the Cheap: Irashai

Hot and cold comforts in Chinatown, by way of Japan
A lot of teriyaki joints turn out underwhelming food, but restaurants in Chinatown can't get away with generic Americanized fare so easily.
By: WEI-HUAN CHEN  |  December 04, 2012


On the Cheap: Kigo Kitchen

Speedy stir-fry for Northeastern students — and the rest of us
When it comes to quality, Asian takeout joints are typically miles behind their traditional sit-down counterparts.
By: WEI-HUAN CHEN  |  November 19, 2012


On the Cheap: The Boathouse

Basic pub food and nautical ambience to suit the Square's rowers and beer lovers alike
I hit the Boathouse just two days before Hurricane Sandy hit the Eastern Seaboard.
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  November 07, 2012


On the Cheap: Doowee & Rice

Home-cooked East Asian fusion with soul
When I finally strolled into DooWee & Rice, a new East Asian eatery in Powder House Square, close to closing time after a weirdly long drive from Central, I had beef and noodles on the brain.
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 23, 2012


On the Cheap: iYO Cafe

DIY dessert in Davis Square
Without any children at my disposal, I decided the best way to evaluate iYO Cafe, a self-serve yogurt and waffle shop, would be to rally some girlfriends and smoke a fat joint before heading over.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  October 10, 2012


On the Cheap: Wrapmi

Burritos and sushi: a match made in Chinatown
The Asian burrito has rolled into town.
By: WEI-HUAN CHEN  |  September 25, 2012


On the cheap: Kaju Tofu House

A new Korean soup house is a wondrous, fiery addition to Allston's restaurant stew
Boston's dining scene has its gaps (looking at you, Jewish deli), but as a rule, it's diverse enough to offer fresh surprises to intrepid diners, especially at the budget-priced end.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  September 14, 2012


On the Cheap: Lefty's Silver Cart

A Cart Above
Down an uneven brick side street and behind overgrown ivy archways lies the food-truck cornucopia of the SoWa Open Market.
By: KRISTIN TOUSSAINT  |  September 07, 2012


On the Cheap: Penguin Pizza

The best craft beer in town
Let us warn you ahead of time: the ceiling fans at Mission Hill's best craft beer bar (cleverly masquerading as a pizza joint), Penguin Pizza, do not double as air conditioning.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  August 31, 2012


On the Cheap: Swish Shabu

Build your own meal, featuring the art of the hot pot
Swish Shabu is tucked away on a serene stretch of Peterborough Street in the Fenway area.
By: KENDALL SALTER  |  August 22, 2012


On the Cheap: Bánh Mì Ngon

Boston’s southwestern neighborhoods get a budget-priced blast of fresh Vietnamese flavors
If there's one trend that food nerds find gratifying, it's the growing popularity of the bánh mì, the Vietnamese street-food sub I've long called Boston's best cheap lunch.
By: MC SLIM JB  |  August 17, 2012


On the Cheap: Gail's Café & Grill

Home-style classics in Jackson Square
Back in October, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation brought affordable apartments to Jackson Square with new construction at 270 Centre Street.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  August 08, 2012


On the Cheap: Sullivan's

The Southie summer mainstay still gets it done
Sullivan's is the kind of place your grandfather might have taken your grandmother when they were dating — a place for cheap eats, a romantic stroll, and necking in the parking lot.
By: BRITTNEY MCNAMARA  |  July 25, 2012


On the Cheap: FoMu

Cruelty-free ice-cream shop makes Allston’s Union Square even more of a destination for vegans and foodies
With two all-vegan spots, pizza shop Peace o' Pie and Asian eatery Grasshopper, Allston's Union Square neighborhood already has a deserved reputation as a Boston vegan dining destination.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  July 11, 2012
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