12 restaurants where you can get food for a dollar

From oysters (of course) to tacos and tater tots.

Two-for-a-dollar dumplings at Banyan Bar and Refuge. Banyan Bar and Refuge

Big-name fast food joints aren’t the only places that serve up dollar deals on food. These local restaurants match the price and up the fancy factor.

Dumplings at Banyan Bar and Refuge
At Banyan Bar and Refuge on Tremont Street in the South End, you can nab two dumplings for a dollar — daily, from 4 until 6 pm. The classic Asian offerings come stuffed with minced pork. (533 Tremont St., Boston;

Tacos at Bodega Canal
Near the Boston Garden, grab dollar minced beef tacos — topped with tomato, cilantro, pico de gallo, and cheese — on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. until closing. (57 Canal St., Boston;

Tater tots at Lower Depths
Get a whole dish of jalapeño-spiced tater tots with Serrano chili beer cheese sauce for a buck at in Kenmore Square. There are no restrictions: The spicy tots are served during all regular business hours. (476 Commonwealth Ave., Boston;


Thin-crust flatbread pizza at McGreevy’s
Head to this bar in the Back Bay on Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. for either veggie or meat $1 personal pizzas. Plus, dollar oysters are available all day on Sundays until they run out. (
911 Boylston St., Boston;

Fried oysters at Troquet on South
This spot puts a twist on the standard one-buck offering — oysters — by frying them. They’re available Mondays through Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. in the bar and lounge. (107 South St., Boston;

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Oysters at Il Molo.

Back Bay Social Club
On Boylston Street, eat dollar oysters on the half shell Boston-style with cocktail sauce and horseradish throughout the workweek: Mondays through Fridays from 5 until 7 p.m. (867 Boylston St., Boston;

Boston Chops in the South End
This steakhouse serves dollar oysters Sundays from 3 until 5 p.m. Freshly shucked and on the half shell, they come with a mignonette, lemon, and horseradish. (1375 Washington St., Boston;

Eventide Fenway
On Red Sox home weekend game days, Eventide serves buck oysters from 9 to 11:30 p.m. The fast-casual seafood spot’s complete roster of oysters is up for grabs and served with a choice of dressing. (1321 Boylston St., Boston;


Il Molo
In the North End, Il Molo zips up workdays with buck oysters on the half shell Mondays through Fridays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The restaurant offers a variety of oysters from both the East and West coasts and pairs them with a mignonette and cocktail sauce. (326 Commercial St, Boston;

Les Zygomates
In this long-standing French restaurant’s bar, buck oysters are served on the half shell with the usual fixings (cocktail sauce, horseradish, mignonette, lemon), Mondays through Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. Only East Coast oysters are discounted, but that’s far from a hardship. (129 South St., Boston;

Puritan and Company
In Inman Square, find buck oysters on the half shell on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. until closing. They’re dished out classic New England-style with lemon, cocktail sauce, and horseradish. (1166 Cambridge St., Cambridge;

State Street Provisions
This restaurant near the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway serves its dollar oysters daily from 4 to 6 p.m., with a cucumber and pink peppercorn mignonette or cocktail sauce. And like its sister restaurants Russell House Tavern and Grafton Street Pub and Grill in Harvard Square, it also serves them after 11 p.m. (255 State St., Boston;