We don’t have to tell you that there are plenty of places to spend a pretty penny on a delicious meal in Boston, but there is also a fair share of spots to chow down without breaking the bank. Here are some of our favorites.
Roxy’s, which started as a food truck, has grown into a local empire that serves up innovative takes on the comfort-food classic at three brick-and-mortar locations. They’ve also expanded their menu to include salad bowls if you’re trying to keep it healthy. For the record, we don’t recommend you that do here!
Specializing in burgers, salads, grain bowls, and smoothies, B. Good is all about sourcing ingredients from local farms, even featuring the purveyors on the walls of their restaurants. If you’re looking for something healthy to kick off the day, grab one of their breakfast offerings, like an egg sandwich, oatmeal, or acai bowl.
Huge burritos, tacos, and quesadillas are the mainstays in this area favorite since 1995, with eight locations in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Somerville, and Newton. Everything is made to order, so vegetarians and those with other dietary restrictions have plenty of options.
Speaking of meatless meals, for fast, fresh vegetarian fare, look no further than Clover. They take pride in preparing healthy food—think egg and eggplant sandwiches, soy BLTs, and seitan—really fast. Recently, they’ve even started serving a meatball sandwich that’s made with “meat” from the famous Impossible Burger!
Located on the waterfront in Boston’s North End, the Sail Loft has been a staple for seafood entrees in a prime location. Start things off with their famous clam chowder, and then chow down on a lobster roll or fisherman’s platter. Save some room for the homemade bread pudding, or a slice of classic Boston cream pie.
Much like Roxy’s, Bon Me had its humble beginnings as a food truck and has expanded to seven restaurants in Boston proper, Cambridge, and Chestnut Hill. The menu is fairly small, featuring the namesake bánh mì sandwich, plus rice bowls, ramen, and soup. Order a side of edamame, deviled tea eggs, or summer rolls, and wash it all down with a Thai Basil Limeade or Vietnamese Iced Coffee.
Located in the fun and funky neighborhood of Jamaica Plain, Galway House is the quintessential local pub, with plenty of beer and huge, hearty meals for reasonable prices. Despite its Irish name, Galway’s specialty is Italian dishes like eggplant parmesan, pasta carbonara, and baked lasagna.