Patch Picks: Cheap Eats in Newton
These are trying times for foodies, especially if you like to eat out on a regular basis. But fear not- Patch Picks can give you an idea of where to dine on the cheap for any meal, even if you’re just taking the family out for dessert.
Breakfast – The Village Café in Newtonville offers some amazing breakfast deals. The Lumberjack Special gives you a hearty start to your day with three eggs, choice of meat, home fries, toast, and juice or milk for under $9.00. Or go for a specialty three-egg omelet, none of which costs more than $10.00. Don’t forget that breakfast is the most important meal of the day…until lunch.
Lunch – As the fall weather hits us, our hearts and stomachs turn to the comforts of warm food. And what is more comforting than a steaming cup or bowl of soup on a chilly autumn day? The New England Soup Factory’s fall menu is in full swing, and it includes not only their delicious soups but also a filling chicken potpie and some spicy chili.
Dinner- Blue Ribbon BBQ has repeatedly won awards for the quality of their food, but they also win in the bargain department. When you can get an entire platter (pulled pork or chicken, beef brisket, burnt ends, barbecued or jerk chicken, or smoked sausage), which includes two sides and cornbread, for under $12 there’s no reason not to indulge.
Brunch – Union Street’s menu lists it as “breakfast,” but when it’s only served Saturdays and Sundays until 2:30 – it’s brunch to most of us. And when no item on the menu costs more than $10, grabbing a morning or early midday weekend meal at Union Street is a good reason to get out of bed. Try the classic Eggs Benedict, cornflake-encrusted, fruit-enhanced Seasonal French Toast or pick from a half-dozen types of pancakes.
Dessert – Okay, so it’s technically not a meal unto itself, but why not live a variation on the old saying and “Eat dessert ONLY; life is short!” If you’re going to go all out for dessert, go out to the Deluxe Station Diner. Not only do they have knock-your-socks off 20-ounce frappes for under $5.00, they have a huge selection of pies, cakes and a from-scratch “Pudding of the Day.” Or, if you’re going to be “good” and eat a meal first, just grab a Cosmo Deluxe cupcake (or two) – they’re only $3.00, one of the best cupcake values in town.