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Healthy-ish, not too expensive meals downtown
By adamg on Thu, 01/26/2023 - 3:06pm
Tina St. Gelais Kelly asks:
What are your go to’s for healthy-ish meals downtown Boston? Sweet green is 13.86 for the bowl I have been getting and they have priced me out. Any advice?
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Please stop the Magoo madness
Please stop the Magoo madness, you're not that funny Adam.
With current pricing of
With current pricing of produce and proteins, $13 is cheap. Factor in that to get restaurants are beginning to pay employees a working wage, and $13 is very cheap. Factor in that electricity and gas is through the roof, and $13 is almost giving it away for free. Get used to paying more.
The Corner Mall
The chicken teriyaki with rice at the Sarku Japan inside the Corner Mall is still less than $10, and hard to finish.
Brown bag it. That's the cheapest option other than not eating.
Speaking of Roche Bros
When I was in the office 5 days a week pre-pandemic, I would pick up "lunch pieces" that I would supplement with items from home. These included salad fixings, crackers, cans of seltzer, cans of soup or their pre-made soups, fruit or berries, cheese, half loaf of bread or english muffins, etc.
Examples: rotisserie chicken from home + salad mix + toasted english muffin = lunch
Can of soup + lump of bread or crackers + fruit = lunch
Bread or english muffin + tomato slices + melted cheese = lunch
Its a good way to save a lot of money without extensive prep time.
Works for coffee and tea as well. I give myself a once a week cappuccino treat and use a thermos the other days.
The Grassroots Cafe on Arch Street if it is still open has an awesome bi bim bap if you can get over watching them microwave it in front of you.
Al’s makes a good tom basil & mozz.
Otherwise, ain’t much. Not like the old days. Everything is a chain now. The future sucks. R.I.P. Country Life.
Lotus Test Kitchen
Lotus Test Kitchen is not a chain, and super yummy. No cheaper but no more expensive than Sweet Green and probably more food.
Chicken and rice guys on
Chicken and rice guys on Washington is my go-to. Very budget friendly. There’s a boloco taqueria type place on federal st that’s pretty reasonable too.
Chicken and rice guys is a
Chicken and rice guys is a good deal because you can eat over two days!
They used to be on Devonshire, now over at 92 Bedford St (between Kingston St & Bedford St). Great Indian takeout made in their Somerville store. Price can add up, but its really two meals worth - my old boss and I would get stuff there and then trade over the leftovers.
Gene's Flatbread Noodles is over there too.
Gene's is perfect, the vegetarian hand pulled noodle bowl is like $10 and you get almost two pounds of noodles and veggies.
Frankly almost every reasonable lunch downtown is now at least $12, if not more.
Taco bell and Trader Joe's
Has a location in downtown crossing. I go to Bon Mei on Congress Street, and Trader Joes in the seaport that has well priced lunch options.
Trader Joe's is not downtown.
Trader Joe's is not downtown. Roche Bros is.
There is a Trader Joe's in
There is a Trader Joe's in the Seaport, which was the initial assertion.
Clover on School St, or the one on Washington st are both great.
Banh mi joints in Chinatown:
Mei Sum Bakery, 163 Vietnamese Sandwich, and Banh Mi Huong Que. About eight bucks and more delicious and healthy feeling to my taste than most Western lunch options in the neighborhood.
AND they have lunch boxes
Lunch box from the place now known as Banh Mi Huong Que on Washington was always my go-to. Not that long ago this was less than $5.
Is that the same place New Saigon Sandwich..
… was in? I haven’t paid attention to the new name. I remember when the shrimp rolls there were $2.50. Not all that long ago and very tasty.
For a time the jolly cashier was selling homemade caramel corn balls in Baggies for a dollar. Only two seats at the counter but always a pleasant place to sit, dip and eat your shrimp rolls and ignore the grime while people watching.
That's it, and as far as I know the shrimp rolls are still there. You know how it is, though, the banh mi menu is constant but the sides and lunch boxes vary from day to day. Lemongrass chicken lunch box for less than $5. Amazing.
Does anyone know why Vietnamese Sandwich…
On Harrison near Beach has closed till mid March?
I hope it is just to take a post New Year’s holiday after reaping profits.