Posts Tagged ‘affordable Boston dining’

Boston — By Maria Olia on October 8, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Fall Prix Fixe Boston Dining Deals

There is no shortage of dining deals in Boston this fall.  Prix fixe menus are among the most popular specials offered this season and a great way to enjoy Boston’s dining scene without breaking the bank.  Here are three of the latest prix fixe deals to consider.FallPF_09_Pork

  1. Located in the Theatre District, the Boston outpost of the upscale steak chain Fleming’s (217 Stuart St., Boston, 617-292-0808) (Map)is offering a fall prix fixe menu  which will be available daily from Ocotber 6-January 24 for $39.95. The menu includes either roasted butternut squash soup or salad, a choice among three entrees (Pork Osso Bucco, Filet Mignon Brochette, or Chicken Alsace) along with a side, and every one’s favorite- a dark chocolate mousse cake for dessert.
  2. DaVinci, also in the Theatre District (162 Columbus Ave., Boston, 617-350-0007) is a marvelous chef-owned restaurant  that specializes in sophisticated Italian. Da Vinci is offering a 3-course prix fixe for $33.09 through the end of the year, available Monday-Thursday from 5-10PM, and on Friday-Saturday before 6PM. This prix fixe is wide-ranging- diners can choose from 12 primi, 16 secondi and 5 dolci options. DaVinci’s homemade pastas  are especially good.
  3. Bokx 109 (located in the Hotel Indigo, 399 Grove St., Newton, 617-454-3399)(Map)  has a very-well priced, Sunday-Monday three course fall prix fixe for $20.09 which includes a fall salad (pears, cranberries, candied pecans and blue cheese) a choice between a wood- grilled chicken breast or house-made herb linguine for an entree,  and crispy Nutella ravioli for dessert.

Image Credit:  Flemings Boston, used with permission

2 places are mentioned in this post!
  1. Hotel Indigo Boston-Newton Riverside is a 100% smoke-free sophisticated
Click on the place name to learn more
Tags: affordable Boston dining, Boston dining deals, fall boston dining, featuredarticle

No Comments


Boston — By Maria Olia on July 19, 2009 at 10:43 pm

Boston’s Summer Restaurant Week 2009 – The Biggest Ever

Local foodies and budget conscious diners know that  one of Boston’s best dining deals is the city’s semi-annual restaurant week events.

Sponsored by the Greater Boston Visitor’s Bureau, this summer’s 2009 restaurant week actually takes place over two weeks;  from Sunday, August 9- Friday, August 14 and Sunday, August 16-Friday, August 21 . Some restaurants will even be offering their restaurant week menu for Saturday, August 15. This summer, Boston’s restaurant week promises to be extraordinary- with more than 200 area restaurants participating.   Diners can enjoy three course prix-fixe lunches for $20.09, two course lunches for $15.09,  and three course  dinners  for just $33.09 during the promotion.

Restaurant week veterans know that some restaurants offer more value than others. Uni Sashimi Bar at the Eliot Hotel,(Map) for example, offers show-stopping sashimi and well-executed Japanese cuisine. Restaurants that have lots of buzz-like L’Espalier (Map) and Rialto  (Map) will book up fast- so it is essential to make reservations early. Reservations open this Friday, July 24- which gives you plenty of time to search the restaurant listings and check out the restaurant’s special prix fixe menu offerings!

Image Credit: PlanetEye Boston

3 places are mentioned in this post!
  1. This exquisite boutique hotel built in 1925 is one of the finest
  2. L'Espalier can be found at its new home on Boylston Street, adjacent to the
  3. "Chef Jody Adams invites you to unwind, Italian-style, at Rialto Restaurant
Click on the place name to learn more
Tags: affordable Boston dining, Announcements, Boston dining, Boston restaurant week, Events, Restaurants & Bars

1 Comment


Boston — By Maria Olia on June 26, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Afternoon Tea with a Waterfront View at the Boston Harbor Hotel


Boston does love a tea party. And many downtown hotels have adopted the “veddy Briddish” custom of afternoon tea. The afternoon tea at the Boston Harbor Hotel (70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, 617-856-7744) (Map) is really something of a secret-it is one of the nicest and most affordable afternoon teas in town. The afternoon tea is available every day from 2:30-4:00 in the hotel’s newly revamped dining spot, the Rowes Wharf Sea Grille. It’s a handsome room- a breezy ,contemporary space with a subtle maritime theme and large windows facing Boston Harbor.tea

For afternoon tea you will find your table crisply dressed in a white Frette linen tablecloth and strewn with rose petals .The traditional tri-level serving tray is appropriately indulgent. There are warm scones and tea breads accompanied by Devonshire cream and fresh strawberries on the first tier. Next you will find an assortment of carefully crafted finger sandwiches- among them turkey with a touch of curry, an open-face maple smoked salmon sandwich, and a shrimp avocado tartlet. Leave room for the third tier- a selection of seasonal pastries and tarts. Along with the sweets and savories you will enjoy a steaming pot of your favorite brew. It’s quite a spread for just $18.50!


Image credit: Personal Collection

1 places are mentioned in this post!
Click on the place name to learn more
Tags: affordable Boston dining, afternoon tea Boston, Boston tea, Boston waterfront dining, Restaurants & Bars

No Comments


Boston — By Maria Olia on March 7, 2009 at 11:44 pm

Ten Boston Cheap Eats

Boston is a college city- so there are plenty of inexpensive restaurants that serve good-  and sometimes intriguing food  choices-in the $10 or less per person range.  Here’s a guide to some of Boston’s most amazing  dining deals.

Pita Kabob , located behind Macy’s at Downtown Crossing,  specalizes  in Iranian-style kebab.  These are the best in town! Owner Nader Azhdari is the master of the grill and his kebab sandwiches – either  kubideh ( which is ground beef and spices), chicken, or beef cost between  $6 and $7 .  Nushe jaan!

A favorite of area high school and college students, Anna’sTaqueria  sells burritos,tacos and qesadillas. An over-stuffed  super beef burrito with rice , cheese,salsa and beans costs less than $5. Good stuff.(Cash only.)

Chacarero makes only one thing but it is a stand-out- the  chacarero sandwich. You’ve never heard of a chacarero? Then you are missing out! A chacarero is a Chilean sandwich made on homemade bread and filled  with either grilled chicken or beef, tomatoes,  muenster cheese, avocado, hot sauce, and green beans. And don’t hold the green beans-  they make the sandwich! A small sandwich costs only $7 and the large sandwich (which is humongous) costs just $8.  

Many consider a falafel sandwich the best street food ever. Locally, devotees of Rami’s are legion. The Brookline shop sells authentic Israeli-style falafel and hummus sandwiches  with hot sauce for  just $9.75. (Rami’s is Kosher, so closed on Saturday. Also,  cash only)

It is easy to find  Galleria Umberto in the North End - it’s the pizza joint with the line that goes out the door.  Galleria Umberto serves Sicilian-style pizza.  A  large slab will set you back just $1.35 and  a glass of wine to wash it down is just $1.50! If you want to go all out -order the arancini- amazing  fried rice balls for just $2.50. Galleria Umberto is  open only for lunch and like many great “cheap eats” places, it is cash only. 

Is it a burger you crave? UBurger   located in Kenmore Square, will do you right. They  serve juicy hamburgers (ground in-house daily), made to order with  countless add-ons starting at just $3.99. Perfect fries are just $2.19.

It is easy to find cheap eats in Chinatown, but in case you need a little guidance, here are a couple of suggestions. Gourmet Dumpling House is a new restaurant in Chinatown and is getting lots of raves for its soup dumplings ( messy  good!), pork and leek dumplings, and scallion pancakes. You will struggle to spend $10 per person here.  

For  a tasty, inexpensive meal those in the know go for pho- the Vietnamese noodle soup fragrant with lime, chili and basil. It’s a bit of a hole in the wall, but  Xinh Xinh serves authentic pho cheap- depending on the type, for just $6-$7 and Vietnamese/Chinese fusion dishes too.   

 Hordes come to the  Border Cafe  in Cambridge for its plentiful platters of Tex-Mex standards-enchiladas, burritos and quesadillas. Large drinks, unlimited warm nachos, and the best fresh salsa in town keep everyone very happy indeed. The Border Cafe is actually a large  sit-down restaurant- and with many entrees coming in at under $7-  the Border Cafe is a very good value.

 Cambridge is the place to go too if  you need an Indian food fix.  Punjabi Dhaba, is an Indian fast-food  style restaurant that serves fresh, spicy take-away and is  super-cheap. It is a local favorite for students looking for a filling meal.  The chicken tikka with nan is just $6.95- what a deal!


Pita Kabob, 2 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston 617-542-PITA

Anna’s Taqueria, 242 Cambridge St., Boston, 617-227-8822 and five other Boston-area locations.

Chacarero, 26 Province St.,Boston, 617-367-1167 and 101 Arch St., 617-542-0392 

Rami’s, 324 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-738-3577

Galleria Umberto, 289 Hanover St., Boston, 617-227-5709

UBurger, 636 Beacon St., Boston, 617-536-0448

Gourmet Dumpling House, 52 Beach St, Boston 617-338-6222

Xinh Xinh, 7 Beach St., Boston 617-422-0501

Border Cafe, 32 Church St., Cambridge, 617-864-6100

Punjabi Dhaba, 225 Hampshire St., Cambridge, 617-547-8272

Tags: affordable Boston dining, Boston cheap eats, Restaurants & Bars



Boston — By Maria Olia on March 2, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Affordable Boston Dining: Sunday Night Suppers

Rocca Sunday Supper

Rocca Sunday Supper

If you grew up in a large Italian family, you know all about Sunday night suppers. Familiar food, plenty of wine, surrounded by friends and loved ones. Sunday night supper is a wonderful way to wrap -up a relaxing weekend.

Several Boston area restaurants are doing their best to recreate that Sunday supper feeling and lure diners to their restaurants with interesting and affordable fixed-price Sunday night dinner specials. Here are three Boston Sunday night supper deals that come in at $25 per person or less.

 For just $20 , you too can experience the inventive cuisine and amazing service that is Rialto-Jody Adams Italian-inspired restaurant at the Charles Hotel that is on every foodie’s list of favorite Boston-area restaurants. Rialto’s Sunday Roast Dinner features a one-plate roast meat and sides-roast lamb with rosemary and white beans for example, every Sunday evening from 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

 Rocca has a weekly  Sunday night special for $22 that includes 2 courses and dessert too. The menu changes weekly, but is always creative- three different bruschettas as an appetizer, pork osso bucco for the main dish, and a pistachio chocolate chip cookie is pretty representive of their Sunday menu.Bonus- the Sunday special is available on Monday nights too!

 La Morra is a homey Italian restaurant in Brookline that offers family-style dinners every Sunday that includes four courses-antipasti, primi, secondi and dessert for just $25 for adults and $12.50 for children ages 12 and under. What a deal!

Rialto at the Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge, 617-661-5050

Rocca , 500 Harrison Ave., Boston 617-451-5151

La Morra, 48 Boylston St., Brookline 617-789-0007

Tags: affordable Boston dining, Restaurants & Bars, Sunday night suppers

No Comments