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5 Best Cheap Eats for the Not- So Average College Student

The monotony of meal swipes and dining hall food can get old pretty quick. If you’re tired of bland salads and greasy pizza and are feeling adventurous check out some of these restaurants where you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how good the food is.

Neighborhoods Café  

96 Peterborough Street, Boston MA- Fenway Area

Spanish Coffee from Neighborhoods

Spanish Coffee from Neighborhoods

Good for:  Breakfast and dessert

  • Menu features sweet and savory breakfast and dessert crepes
  • Baked goods daily
  • Specializes in Fair Trade coffees and teas

Small but nicely decorated, Neighborhood’s Café features reasonably priced, large portion sized crepes from $4.50-$9.00. The menu features crepes such as the “Strawberry Shortcake” which is filled with sweet ricotta, fresh strawberries, and graham cracker crumbles drizzled with fresh-made strawberry sauce and the “Billy”, a goat cheese stuffed crepe with glazed walnuts, dried cranberries, and arugula drizzled with honey and/or balsamic vinaigrette.  I recommend the turkey bacon, egg, and cheese filled crepe paired with a Spanish coffee, which is steamed milk, coffee, and chocolate syrup topped with cinnamon.

Meal total: $10.40

Quesadilla from El Pelon

Quesadilla from El Pelon

El Pelòn Taqueria

 97 Peterborough Street, Boston MA- Fenway Area

Good for: Lunch

  • Menu features authentic Mexican food now with gluten and dairy free options
  • Delivery and take-out available

Right next door to Neighborhood Café is El Pelòn Taqueria. Inside El Pelòn the colorful walls are filled with pictures of customers sporting El Pelòn t-shirts in different parts of the country and even the world. Seating is limited, but it adds to the coziness of the restaurant. The ingredients are fresh and always made quickly even when the line is long. Their huge menu features Mexican staples such as quesadillas, burritos, tacos and tamales. Some of the less common items on the menu are fried plantains, Jarritos sodas and iced horchata.  I recommend the Pollo Torta, which is a Mexican sandwich on a toasted roll with grilled chicken, refried beans, limed onions, lettuce, salsa, spicy mayo and guacamole. The chicken quesadilla and bean and cheese burrito are also a must try. Beats Chipotle any day.

Meal total: $9.75

   

Church

Sliders from Church

Sliders from Church

69 Kilmarnock St, Boston MA- Fenway Area

Good for: Dinner

  • Drink, meal, and a dessert for about $20
  • Comfort food is their specialty
  • Voted best neighborhood restaurant for Best of Boston 2013
  • Brunch 11-2:30 on weekends

Church bar and restaurant is stylish but casual. Its menu features comfort foods like baked mac and cheese and black-angus sliders. Their drink menu is a play on the seven deadly sins and the four horsemen of the apocalypse. One half of the building is the restaurant, while the other half is night club that has live music every night at 9, complete with a full bar and two pool tables. I recommend the North Carolina pulled pork sliders and the vanilla bean and bourbon bread pudding.

Meal total $18.96

Salad from Pho Basil

Salad from Pho Basil

Pho Basil

Mass Ave, Boston Ma- Berklee Area

Good for: Dinner

  • Menu features Vietnamese and Thai food
  • Lunch special features main dish, tofu soup , green salad, steamed dumplings, and fried veggie triangle priced between $7.25-11.95 until 3 pm
  • Voted Best Thai in 2010 and 2011 by The Improper Bostonian
  • Delivery and take-out available

Friendly staff and good service is what you’ll find in Pho Basil’s small and intimate restaurant setting. They have an interesting combination of dishes with ingredients ranging from seafood to beef. They have a beer and wine menu and also offer bubble tea and my personal favorite, Thai iced tea. I would recommend the Thai papaya salad and the beef pho soup.

Meal total $13

Café Vittoria

Gelato and coffees from Cafe Vittoria

Gelato and coffees from Cafe Vittoria

290 Hanover St, Boston, MA –North End

Good for: Dessert

  • Menu features classic Italian café drinks and pastries
  • Cash only

If you’re looking for ambience, Café Vittoria is your place. With four levels of seating and three full bars, including a separate cigar room, this cafe offers a romantic spot for an after dinner treat. Delicious desserts such as cannoli, gelato, and chocolate mousse cake are paired well with one of their signature cappuccino or espresso drinks off of their extensive menu. I recommend the cappuccino and gelato. Meal total: $7.50

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