Sandwich versions of the same go from $3.50 to $5 and still give you a lot to work on. There are also many appetizers, both hot and cold. Taramosalata ($3.75) is a caviar salad with potato and spices blended in; for $5.50 you can get a sampler plate combining this with stuffed grape leaves, hummus, eggplant, vegetables, spinach pie, and pita bread.
Desserts include the obligatory baklava, as well as galactobouriko (each around $1.50) filo dough filled with a sweet custard. Mmmm.
Great for the budget Newbury Street shopper stop in to refuel after cruising the secondhand clothing stores mentioned elsewhere in this book! 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 P.M. on Sundays.
The Ultimate Bagel Company
335 Newbury St. Boston; (617) 247-1010
1310 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge; (617) 497-9180
118 Needham St. Newton; (617) 964-8990
If this isn’t the ultimate treatment a bagel can get, it sure comes close. After all, dah-ling, have you ever tried bluefish pat6 on an oat raisin bagel? You can have it here, for all of $2.29. Add an espresso, and you’re in bagel heaven.
There are enough snazzy sandwiches to make this a frequent pit stop. Basic options, all between $2-$4, include vegetarian, ham, and the like. But hey, get with it go for a smoked duck and Jarlsberg cheese, with cranberry relish, all for $4.99. Choose your bagel, and be prepared for a handful. These get rather exotic themselves, with such flavors as cinnamon glazed (They’re fantastic, raved a woman in line next to Mine, as she ordered a half-dozen).
Charmingly done up in mauve and dark wood, with padded chairs, the interior is just as fancy. Needless to say, the place is a hit with the yuppies and office worker types, especially around the lunch rush. So trendy, yet so cheap! Open daily.
204 Cambridge St. Boston; (617) 227-2094
This fine little eatery on the back of Beacon Hill specializes in take-out and delivered food, most notably pastas and pizzas but not your average kinds. These folks have gotten creative. How about Hawaiian pizza, with ham, prosciutto, and pineapple? Or pesto pizza, self-explanatory; and the ultimate in nouveau pizza, the Yuppie. This comes with spinach, broccoli, and artichokes. All in all, nearly thirty toppings to choose from, most of which lean toward the unusual. The small pie starts at $5.95, the large $8.50.
On the pasta side, all dishes are $8.50. While this may not sound super cheap, you get a lot of pasta for your dough, along with hot garlic bread. And, if you eat in or pick up, all meals are a striking $5.25 from 11 a.m. to 2 P.M. and $6.60 from 2 to 10 p.m. Choose from chicken agostino, which features a lemony cream sauce and broccoli; sauteed ground beef with garlic, red wine, eggplant and tomatoes served over linguine; and eleven other varieties. They are dee-lish.
Venice also serves calzones ($5.50 to $6.25), which come with homemade tomato basil sauce on the side, deli-style sandwiches, burgers, soups, and salads. The restaurant stays open until 1 a.m. weeknights and 2 A.M. Fridays and Saturdays.
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