Nothings beats great eats, on the cheap. When the Phantom wants to stay on budget, he goes to these 8 Great places for a Meal Deal.
Kicking off the Great 8 is Slice. Located on Salem Street in Wakefield, Slice is set inside a gas station, but this is no ordinary place to fill ‘er up. In fact, the overloaded sandwiches and piping hot pizza at Slice are better than what you would find at most full service restaurants, at a fraction of the cost.
Pete’s Bluebird in Bellingham may look a little rough around the edges, but when it comes to steaks they definitely get it right and rival some of the big city steakhouses without the hefty price tag. They buy nothing but high quality meat that is cut in house. From there, it’s all about the broiler.
Another Great 8 winner is New Brothers in Danvers. This local institution has been serving homestyle Greek cuisine for over thirty years, in a classic cafeteria setup with big menu boards, seat yourself tables, and a lineup of piping hot daily specials for under ten dollars. There are chicken kebobs, spinach pie, and stuffed peppers. For classic Greek comfort food, try the moussaka.
Mom & Rico’s
Mom & Rico’s is a throwback spot that has been a fixture in Springfield since 1976. The shelves are packed with wine bottles, coffee beans, imported specialty products, and pastas. The best way to sample it all for very little money is to grab a plate and help yourself to Mom & Rico’s mouthwatering buffet of homemade Italian classics.
Another Great 8 winner is Gyro City. With locations in Brighton and Peterborough Street near Fenway Park, this neighborhood sandwich shop cranks out hundreds and hundreds of authentic Greek gyros for very little Euros – just like they do back in the old country. It all starts with tender cuts of pork, stacked and slow roasted on a spit. Then, it’s plunked into some warm, fluffy pita bread.
Brewer’s Coalition in Newtonville is a casual spot with high ceilings, big windows and a huge wooden bar at the center of it all. You can eat and drink your brew and not break the bank, with an ever-changing lineup of beers, along with a menu that utilizes the taps in the recipes. There are Fish and Chips covered in a Sam Adams based batter, and Black and Tan Onion Rings coated in Guinness Stout.
The Real Deal
Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury
Rounding out the Great 8 is The Real Deal in Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury. This place offers all the things Phantom loves to fill up on for very little, like hot pizza, boneless buffalo wings, crunchy onion rings and overstuffed sandwiches. Their Grown Up Grilled Cheese is unlike anything your mother used to make. This sinful sandwich is stuffed with smoked gouda, sliced barbecue brisket and caramelized onions, for only $8.
You may notice this is a Phantom ‘Great 7.’ His 8th pick was Amsterdam Falafelshop in Somerville, which has now closed its doors.
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