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Boston’s Best Cheap Dining Near College Campuses

October 23, 2010 11:38 AM

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Who says a fine dining experience must require tuxedos, fancy dresses and $50 entrées? One of the best-kept secrets to an affordable night-out: eat near a college campus. Catering to the tens of thousands of college students in the city, many neighborhood restaurants in Boston offer cheap, but still delicious dinner options. You won’t have to spend more than $10 to enjoy a hearty meal.

NEAR BOSTON COLLEGE

Eagles Deli

1918 Beacon St.
Brighton MA
617-731-3232

http://www.eaglesdeli.com/

Yes, THE Eagles Deli where Adam Richmond of Man vs. Food on Travel Channel challenged the undefeated five-pound, 10-patty burger with 20 slices of cheese, 20 pieces of bacon, five pounds of fries and a giant pickle. Don’t worry, for us normal people, regular-sized burgers are about $9, wraps are $6 and salads are $7.

El Pelon

2197 Commonwealth Avenue
Brighton, MA
617-779-9090
www.elpelon.com/

How can you beat $5 tacos and burritos?

NEAR BOSTON UNIVERSITY

Angora Café

1024 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA
617-232-1757
www.angoracafe.com/

Besides its signature FroYo selection, Angora serves grilled Panini sandwiches and flatbread pizza for under $8.

Nud Pob

738 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA
617-232-9992
www.nudpobboston.com/

Basic Pad Thai for $8, and if you’re bored of noodle dishes, try curry for $8-10.

Sushi Express

1038 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA
617-738-48-28
www.sushiexpress-ma.net/

Colorful sushi rolls don’t always have to cost you an arm and a leg. Try Sushi Express for cheap take-out sushi; entrées starting at $8.

Dorado Tacos

401 Harvard St.
Brookline, MA
617-566-2100
doradotacos.com/

Nothing on the menu is over $5. Also, cheap sangria and $1.99 fish tacos on Wednesday nights.

NEAR HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Felipe’s Taqueria

83 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA
617-354-9944
www.felipestaqueria.com/

Burritos under $4, Super burritos $5, which means appetizer + main dish + dessert = $10.

Flat Patties

33 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA
617-871-6871
www.flatpatties.com/

Juicy burgers for only $5.

NEAR MIT

Coast Café

233 River St.
Cambridge, MA
617-354-7644
coastsoulcafe.com/

Hidden among houses in a quiet residential area of Cambridge, Coast Café has $10 plates, which include fried chicken and any two sides from a wide selection –

Mac and cheese, sweet potatoes, corn, black eyed peas, etc. Take-out only.

Clover Food Truck

20 Carleton St.,
Cambridge, MA (Near Kendall T stop)
www.cloverfoodlab.com/

Sandwiches, soup or fries from a food truck, yes, quite like an ice cream truck.

Dosa Factory

571 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA
617-868-3672
www.dosa-factory.com/

Craving for some Indian food? Dosa Factory has $10 curry dishes.

Falafel Palace

25 Central Square
Cambridge, MA
617-864-0827
www.falafelpalace.net/

Open late on weekends, has $8 roll-ups and offers vegetarian options.

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NEAR NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

Penguin Pizza

735 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA
617-277-9200
www.thepenguinpizza.com/

Cheap pizza and pasta eatery.

Chicken Lou’s

50 Forsyth St.
Boston, MA
617-859-7017
boston.povo.com/Chicken_Lou%27s

Northeastern students love this place. If you are there, try SEX – Sausage, Egg ,Cheese – on a bagel.

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS NEAR CAMPUSES

B.good

www.bgood.com/

It’s a typical fast-food joint with burgers and sandwiches, but b.good stands out among other because of its local ingredients and home-made, all-natural meat.

Anna’s Taqueria

www.annastaqueria.com/

Cheap burritos. Are you an avid Twitter fan? Then you already know all about Anna’s, thanks to @BostonTweet. If not, definitely give its steak burrito a try.

Boca Grande

www.bocagranderestaurant.com/

Another cheap Mexican restaurant with burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas and tacos.

Yoojin Cho is a Boston University student and aspiring journalist. She spent two semesters interning with the CBSBoston Digital team.

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