Affordable meals near you: how to eat well and save money in Boston


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By Harry Donnell
Staff Writer

It can be difficult for thrifty students to find reasonably priced food in the city. However, there are plenty of affordable gems that may not be immediately apparent in the sea of Boston’s restaurants.

Sichuan Garden offers luncheon specials for about eight dollars on select days and can be found at 295 Washington Street in Brookline. The restaurant operates from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. most days.

The seating is spacious and the restaurant has a pleasant atmosphere. Takeout is an option for those who want to eat wherever they like or are too busy for a sit-down meal.

Several of the restaurant’s dishes can accommodate patrons with gluten sensitivity. The tangerine chicken, which is among these options, has a sweet taste that is sure to please.

The recently opened Dosa Factory at 316 Newbury Street doles out amazing portions for fair prices. Dosa, or rolled crepes which can be filled with a selection of items, can be purchased for as little as 11 dollars; the prices go up to 16 dollars. However, the portions are incredible. Dosa is around one foot long and is served on a metal tray along with curry leaf-spiced lentils and coconut chutney.

Dosa Factory offers both pickup and delivery, which can be ordered online from the hours of 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. However, the sunny decor as well as the murals and collages covering the walls make the restaurant itself worth the visit.

At 400 Brookline Ave, the Longwood Galleria is practically in Simmons’ backyard. The food court in the Longwood Galleria has a variety of places to purchase from, including Beantown Burrito, Bourbon Street Café, and Sakura Japan, as well as a few familiar franchises and other options. This writer recommends both Bourbon Street Café and Dragon Bowl with confidence. Both offer tasty and filling lunch plates for under eight dollars.

The proffered restaurants should be considered a starting place in the never-ending pursuit of good deals for good meals.