FIT TO EAT | 164 Middle St, Portland | 207.761.4441 | Nestled at the end of the plaza, don't miss out on this place for excellent (and healthy) sandwiches. And check out the amazing house-made ice creams — they're worth an extra trip to the gym.
Lunch Sandwich for $20
NOSH KITCHEN BAR | 551 Congress St, Portland | 207.553.2227 | Hope you like meat. The Buffalo Pig Belly sandwich ($11) with crispy pork belly, buffalo sauce, and blue cheese has a bit of a cult following in town. With the leftover dosh you can afford some delicious bacon-dusted fries, served with dipping sauces like chipotle or horseradish mayo.
Speedy Dinner for $5
GOGI | 653 Congress St, Portland | 207.899.4325 | You can get steak, chicken, or fish tacos for between $2.50 and $3.50 each. Two make a nice lunch.
Speedy Dinner for $10
HAGGARTY'S | 849 Forest Ave, Portland | 207.761.8222 | This Brit-Indi take-out place has some great meals hovering around the $10 mark. Great to grab and go.
DUCKFAT | 43 Middle St, Portland | 207.774.8080 | What's not to like about fries fried in duck fat? The poutine (fries, cheese curds, and duck gravy) is definitely worth trying.
Speedy Dinner for $20
POM'S THAI TASTE | 571 Congress St, Portland | 207.772.7999 | Delicious traditional Thai food as well as a sushi menu. You can sit down or get it to go.
Sit-down dinner for $5
RUSKI'S TAVERN | 212 Danforth St, Portland | 207.774.7604 | A quarter-pound hot dog, served with fries and a pickle, for $4.95. Now that's a deal.
Sit-down dinner for $10
SILLY'S | 40 Washington Ave, Portland | 207.772.0360 | An extensive menu that plays to all palates (it really is a silly place). Be sure to save up for a milkshake — the selections will blow you away.
PAI MEN MIYAKE | 188 State St, Portland | 207.541.9204 | For $9.50 you can choose one of three hearty Ramen dishes that will forever change the way you think of Ramen noodles (and the fact that it doesn't always come out of a Styrofoam cup).
TU CASA SALVADORENA RESTAURANT | 70 Washington Ave, Portland | 207.828.4971 | This is the real deal. The pupusas come in under the $2 mark and it's reasonable to have a meal here for $10. Sometimes speed is an issue, so be ready to enjoy the Spanish soap operas regularly playing on the TV.
Sit-down dinner for $20
GREEN ELEPHANT | 608 Congress St, Portland | 207.347.3111 | This place specializes in vegetarian (and vegan) fare with a Thai flair.
PETITE JACQUELINE | 190 State St, Portland | 207.553.7044 | If you're feeling like you need a little culture, head to this French bistro.
OTTO | 576 Congress St, Portland | 207.773.7099 | 225 Congress St, Portland | 207. 358.7870 | With two locations in Portland, you'll always be within walking distance of mashed potato, bacon, and scallion slices for $3.50.
BONOBO | 46 Pine St, Portland | 207.347.8267 | At this West End pizzeria, get wood-fired cheese slices for $2.25 or multiple-topping slices for $3.25.