Food & Drink

5 must-try, under-$20 menu items

Published On 05/29/2014 Published On 05/29/2014
Crush Pizza
Charlie’s Kitchen
Mei Mei Restaurant
Dirty Water Dough Co.
Kirkland Tap & Trotter
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1. Crush Pizza 107 State St, Boston, MA 02109 (Financial Dist Waterfront)

Catering to the hustle and bustle of FiDi lunchtime worker bees, these guys have three 900-degree ovens that will blast a delicious pizza for you IN 90 SECONDS.

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2. Charlie's Kitchen 10 Eliot St, Cambridge, MA 02138 (West Cambridge)

Charlie's Kitchen is the place to go for American eats, an awesome outdoor space, and killer waffle fries.

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3. Mei Mei 506 Park Dr, Boston, MA 02215 (Fenway Kenmore)

Specializing in creative Chinese-American cuisine, Mei Mei is the brick-and-mortar incarnation of the beloved food truck of the same name. The 36-seat space is livened by bright yellow chairs, walls lined with Sriracha, and an open kitchen, where crispy dumplings (and pierogi), dan dan noodles, vegetable-packed curries are made. Stop in during lunch for the Double Awesome, a scallion pancake sandwich made with pesto, cheddar, two eggs, and your choice of protein (cottage bacon, ham or turkey). There’s also a takeout-only menu equipped with late-night items like hot dog & kimchee fried rice, sweet corn fritters, and, naturally, the Double Awesome.

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4. Dirty Water Dough Co. 222 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)

With a booster shot of custom-made Cape Ann IPA in every bit of dough (a refreshing alternative to actual dirty water, Boston patriotism aside), Dirty Water Dough Co. is serving up both classic pies and pizzas with exciting new toppings (Steak 'n Cola, mac 'n cheese pizza).

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5. The Kirkland Tap & Trotter 425 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143 (Inman Square)

Tony Maws' Somerville gastropub is more laid-back than its upscale sibling, Craigie on Main, but the food is just as good. Inspired by English neighborhood pubs, KT&T wants to be the kind of place you can go every night of the week, so it serves an American comfort menu that will have you begging for more. Both brunch and dinner are a meat-lover's paradise, and the kind of amazing grass-fed cheeseburger is available on both menus.