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Ernesto's Pizza

69 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113
4
Ernesto's is a great local favorite where you can get unique combinations with a paupers paycheck. ... read more
While the "$5 a slice" price tag may seem like a stretch to be considered a bargain meal, you actually you get two large slices (a quarter of a pie equivalent). A complete steal if you ask me, but worthless if it tastes like cardboard. But rest assured as the taste is just as good as the price. They've also won numerous awards ranging from Best of Boston to Zagat's list and of course my stamp of approval. So you're good to go, though you might have to put up a good fight to get the Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza, which is a hometown favorite and for good reason. The chese is perfectly ooey-goey, the crust crisp with the right amount of chew, and the combination of chicken, bacon, and ranch together make this an epic pizza. But I'm sure you all knew that already. :) Great place for a tasty pizza at a great value!
2

The Paramount

44 Charles St, Boston, MA 02108
4.5
Eat here. You will not be disappointed. There will be a line. if you are trying to be there for the ... read more
open then be there early - and there will still be a line. When you get in there don't bother heading to a table. They don't let you stake a claim. Get in line and order your food. The staff will find a place for you and your party. Go with the flow and enjoy the grub!
3

Trident Booksellers & Cafe

338 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115
4.5
Great little diner tucked inside a book store. A varied menu of American favorites, many with a ... read more
vegetarian twist (e.g., vegan cashew chili). A nice spot to hang out for a bit and enjoy a little comfort food as you watch the rain come down onto Newbury Street. The staff are incredible friendly. Free wi-fi.
4

Regina Pizzeria

226 Faneuil Hall Market Pl, Boston, MA 02109
4
There are plenty of offerings and every topping imaginable.
5

Sweet Cheeks Q

1381 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215, United States
4
Mighty fine Southern BBQ in a space that somehow captures the feel of a giant family picnic. You ... read more
might not realize you're actually indoors given the smell of smoked meats, the weathered picnic tables, and 4th of July atmosphere. Generous helpings of chicken, brisket, or pork (of the pulled, ribs, or belly variety) are so large that they are served on trays rather than plates. Side dishes (included with the trays) are large enough to be labeled "scoops" instead. The salt and papper potatoes are a much tastier alternative to fries, and the bucket o' biscuits with honey butter is absurdly, wonderfully gluttonous. For those who can't take on such heaping portions, all meats can also be served on smaller, cheaper sandwiches served on a bulky role or, better yet, Texas toast. For those at the opposite end of the spectrum, the $450 Big Rig contains 2 lbs each of four different meats, a full rack of ribs, a whole chicken, and a quart of each of their sides. Bring hungry, hungry friends.
6

The Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub

472(Up) And 480(Down) Mass Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
3.5
...drinks and dessert...were good. The scene though was probably the best part about this place. It ... read more
was filled with my kind of people.
7

Border Cafe

32 Church St, Cambridge, MA 02138
3.5
So 5 stars, but I guess I should qualify. No, this isn't a gourmet meal in a posh setting; it also ... read more
won't cost you an arm or a leg-- or even a hand. My group came here (on one of their busiest nights of the year) in search of margaritas and mexican food. The food was so-so. That may be a result of being from areas of the US that have freakin' fantastic mexican food; it wasn't bad, it just wasn't great. The margaritas were pretty good. Not very strong, but a good margarita shouldn't put you under the table necessarily; that's what three margaritas are for-- which you'll be able to afford at Border Cafe; everything was pretty cheap. What takes this place from 4 stars to 5, though, is the service. Good, attentive, efficient, friendly waiters are always appreciated, and the seasoned staff at Border Cafe didn't disappoint.
8

Basta Pasta

319 Western Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
5
Not even exaggerating, I eat at Basta Pasta at least once a week. It's an awesome little gem hidden ... read more
between a barber shop and a corner convenience store in Cambridge, and it's some of the best Italian food in all of Boston (North End included!). We live very close by, so we always call to place an order for pickup, and by the time we walk over, it's ready for us! (15 min max). Some of my favorite dishes are the linguine Bolognese, the homemade fusilli with squashed olives, and the arancini balls. They also make great buffalo chicken pizza, boneless wings (more like chicken tenders), and Greek salad (served with this awesome tortilla-like bread). Cannot say enough good things about this place!
9

Taiwan Cafe

34 Oxford St, Boston, MA 02111
4.5
Small hole-in-the-wall sort of a restaurant down a side street in Chinatown. The menu is huge and ... read more
features pretty much everything imaginable. I'd recommend the oyster pancake or pork chop over rice. It's all bathed in oil but incredibly tasty.
10

Giacomo's Restaurant

355 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113
4.5
I visited Boston's Italian neighborhood called North End in March and entered into a food coma. By ... read more
far, the best Italian food I've ever tasted. Giacomo's was featured by Rachel Ray's show, $40 a day, which is probably why the line is out the door and the wait can be anywhere from an hour or two. Fortunately, I did my research and arrived for a late dinner (8:30) so our wait was only 10 mins.The restaurant is small and crowded. The waitresses were so-so. And the wine list, eh, could be better. Because it was so crowded we got stuck sitting on the corner of the bar overlooking the open kitchen, which was unique and I guess added to the experience. Now don't get me wrong the food was excellent but I'd rather go two blocks down to Al Dentes, where the experience and food will go down in my books as one of the best.