Bon appetit . . . on the cheap
Grabbing a bite with friends or coworkers after a long day at the office is — pardon our pun — incredibly appetizing. But frequent meals out can be tough on your wallet.
No worries. We searched the city for some of the best after work cheap eats. Suggest one of these deals to your group of diners and you’ll be everyone’s new best friend.
When it comes to dining deals, Boston is literally your oyster. Join Rialto every Monday evening for $1 Island Creek oysters (pictured). The oyster-fest begins at 5:30 and ends when the supply runs out. Looking for bivalves in the South End? 28 Degrees serves up $1 oysters every Thursday night from 5-8 p.m. Still can’t get enough? For just $1 each at Marliave, slurp up four different types of local oysters and clams from 4-6 p.m. and 9-10 p.m. daily.
Chic Mini Bar offers $2 miniature ground beef patties (pictured) from 5-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Forget sliders, Bukowski burgers are the real deal. Opt for a basic beef burger before 8 p.m. on weekdays, and it’s just $1.99. Feeling extravagant? Add cheese or french fries for an extra $1 each. Be sure to bring your Benjamins though, as both locations are cash only.
Stop by La Verdad for Taco Tuesdays. Starting at 11 a.m. until the kitchen closes, choose from the chicken, carnitas, or the pork pastor tacos (pictured) for just $1 each. Fenway not really your scene? Starting at 5:30 p.m., Tremont 647 offers $2 tacos with a gourmet twist on Tuesdays, featuring grilled eggplant and asparagus, pork sausage, and baja style fried fish. If Tuesdays don’t work with your schedule, head to Dorado Tacos in Brookline on Wednesdays, where fish tacos are $1.99 each starting at 3 p.m.
From 5:30-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Estragon (pictured) offers $1 tapas at the bar. Feeling adventurous? Try the Serrano ham or the beef tongue. Vegetarian? Fried artichoke hearts and warm goat cheese and tomato are also available. Nearby Masa offers a similar deal, with 50 cent tapas from 5-10 p.m daily. At that price, why not add some Spanish flair to your life?
Grab a seat at Whiskey’s bar, where wings are just 20 cents from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday through Thursday , and 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Choose from the honey buffalo or spicy wings, grab some napkins, and dig in. Brigham Circle’s Penguin Pizza hosts a 15 cent wing night on Mondays from 5 p.m. until midnight. Really hungry? Soul Fire offers a $8.99 all you can eat wing special from 5-11 p.m. on Mondays.
From 6-10 p.m. on Wednesdays, The Pour House (pictured) offers half-priced chicken sandwiches. Any sandwich on the “Chicken Coop’’ section of the menu — which includes barbecue, teriyaki, and grilled chicken — is fair game. Dividing the price in half puts a sandwich at a whopping $3.
Who can say no to grilled cheese, the ultimate comfort food? Especially when Restaurant Dante offers the sandwiches for just $2 a pop starting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Each week, the melted cheese is accompanied by something new, ranging from tomato and basil to prosciutto.
Petites bouchées at Sel de la Terre
Sel de la Terre offers a selection of $2 small bites on Mondays from 5 p.m. – 7p.m. The menu changes weekly, however past options have included everything from soup shooters, chicken wings, and arancini. Come with a group of friends and share a tasting platter for $10.
Social hour at McCormick & Schmicks
The infamous “Social Hour’’ menu at this seafood restaurant has jaw-dropping low prices. Monday through Friday between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m., appetizers range in price from $2.95 to $6.95. . A $3.95 burger and fries is the star of the menu.
Half-price eats at Grendel’s Den
Hungry in Harvard Square? Head over to Grendel’s Den — everything on the university crowd haunt’s food menus is half off from 5-7:30 p.m. every day. Miss the early bird special? Menu items are also half-priced from 9-11:30 p.m. on Thursday through Sunday. The low prices tend to pack the place — get there early for a table.
Affordable apps at Cactus Club
Enjoy half-price appetizers in this Tex-Mex establishment’s front bar from 4 to 7 p.m. on weeknights. Choose from the standard nachos and jalapeno snake bites or branch out with traditional avocado flautas and shrimp mini tacos topped with peach pico de gallo.
Noir bites at Noir
From Tuesday – Thursday from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., and Saturday – Monday from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., Noir offers food ranging from free to $5. Order $5 flatbreads, $4 sandwiches, $3 snacks and a discounted drink special. The nuts are free. The slight catch? A $6 beverage purchase per guest is required. Done and done.
Half off starters at The Living Room
Snack on discounted apps in the the Living Room’s lounge between 4-6 p.m. on weekdays. Snack on mini burgers, chicken taquitos, calamari, shrimp and avocado egg rolls, and more for half the price.
Cheap bar bites at Morton’s The Steakhouse
Located on Boston’s seaport, Morton’s offers specially priced bar bites for $6 and $7, Monday through Friday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Can’t make it in time? The offer starts back up again at 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. Choose from appetizers including mini crab cake B.L.T.’s and petite filet mignon sandwiches (pictured).
$5 for 6 ’til 7 at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
Fleming’s offers five cocktails, 5 wines by the glass, and 5 appetizers, all $6 each, served at the bar until 7 p.m. Appetizer options include baked brie in puff pastry, sweet chile calamari, and jumbo shrimp cocktail.