Cheaper Eats for Grads and Others

Miriam Hauss, December 2000

Below is a list of some of the more interesting (cheap?) restaurants in the Back Bay area of Boston. All of these places are within short walking and/or cab rides distances of the hotels. None of the listed places accept reservations and all are open seven days a week. The average dinner prices are listed, but lunches are around $8–10. For the truly thrifty, you will find a food court and a supermarket in The Shops at Prudential Center. Bon appetit!

Cactus Club, 939 Boylton Street. 617-236-0200. Tex-Mex style food; young crowd, good bar. Dinner entrees under $21 plus chips and salsa served free! Major credit cards accepted and casual clothing recommended.

Dixie Kitchen, 182 Massachusetts Ave. (near St. Germain Street). 617-536-3068. Spicy, New Orleans jazz dive. Plenty to eat at a good price. Under $17 for dinner. Major credit cards accepted and casual clothing recommended.

Arirang House, 162 Mass Ave. (near Belvedere St.) 617-563-1277. Korean Buffet. Cheap. Dinner averaging $14. Praises for the kalbi (BBQ short ribs). Major credit cards accepted and casual clothing recommended.

Division Sixteen, 955 Boylston St. 617-353-0870. American dining with a hip atmosphere. Dinner ranging $15–30. Major credit cards accepted and casual clothing recommended.

MacDonald's, 154 Mass Ave. 617-236-8145. Need I say more? Home of America's favorite fries.

Pour House Restaurant, 909 Boylston St. 617-236-1767. American hamburger. Dinner $12. Major credit cards accepted and casual clothing recommended.

Bombay Café, 175 Mass Ave. 617-247-0555. Small, colonial-style Indian. Vegetarian specialties. Dinner ranging between $15–30. Major credit cards accepted and casual clothing recommended.

Whiskey's, 885 Boylston St. 617-262-5551. Back Bay BBQ and beer joint. Dinner $15–30. Major credit cards accepted and casual clothing recommended.

Parrish Café, 361 Boylston St. (between Arlington and Berkeley) 617-247-4777. American eclectic. Dinner average is $20. Funky sandwiches, pub-style atmosphere. Major credit cards accepted and casual clothing recommended.

Brown Sugar Café, 129 Jersey St. (near Peterboro St.) 617-266-2828. Thai. Pad thai and spicy dishes. Dinner $15. Major credit cards accepted and casual clothing recommended.

Newbury Pizza, 225 Newbury St. (between Fairfield and Exeter). 617-536-9451. Pizza and subs. Dinner $11. Jeans are recommended here, still accept most major credit cards.

Shino Express Sushi 144 Newbury (near Clarendon) 617-262-4530. Japanese. $1 sushi, and Japanese comic books! Dinner around $8. Major credit cards accepted and casual clothing recommended.

Trident Café, 338 Newbury (between Hereford St and Mass Ave). American coffee house and bookstore. Dinner $15. Fresh squeezed juices, all-day breakfast, coffee and espresso. Browse for books or grab a cozy seat. Major credit cards accepted and casual clothing recommended.

La Femigila Giorgio, 250 Newbury (between Fairfield and Gloucester) 617-247-1569. Southern Italian in a walk-down. Dinner $18. Major credit cards accepted and casual clothing recommended.

Original Sports Saloon, 47 Huntington (on the corner of Exeter) 617-536-1904. New England BBQ with sports memorabilia. Dinner $15, late night $8. BBQ, chicken wings, beer and college basketball on the TV. Major credit cards accepted and casual clothing recommended.

Mucho Gusto, 1124 Boylston St. (between Hemingway and Mass Ave.) 617-236-1020. Funky Cuban. Dinner $18. Black bean soup, fried yucca. Major credit cards accepted and casual clothing recommended.

Sam Adams Brewhouse, 710 Boylston St. (corner of Exeter) 617-421-4961. Formerly the Lenox Pub. Good food and beer. Dinner $15. Major credit cards accepted and casual clothing recommended.

For more information, visit http://www.cuisinenet.com or http://www.zagats.com.

—Compiled by Miriam Hauss