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Best Cheap Meal in Town?

Postby Wet_Pavement » Tue Aug 28, 2007 5:10 am

As food prices go up, I'm wondering what people think is the best cheap meal around? If I'm going to eat out, what's the best bang for my buck?

I like Ian's Pizza. I also like New Orleans Take Out. NOTO has pricey meals but the Red Beans and Rice with or without sausage just can't be beat for filling, nutritious, and cheap. The half orders are even cheaper and just as filling.

Any other ideas?
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Postby depinmad » Tue Aug 28, 2007 8:00 am

bagels forever has has super yummy breakfast and lunch sandwiches, and they are dirt cheap. (bacon egg and cheese on a bagel, 2 bucks).
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Postby admin » Tue Aug 28, 2007 8:03 am

Linda Falkenstein has chronicled her search for the ideal sub-$10 meal HERE.
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Postby Bwis53 » Tue Aug 28, 2007 8:09 am

Sentry's Deli! My latest favorite, is their chicken wings. But they make fabulous sandwiches also.
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Postby Paco » Tue Aug 28, 2007 8:10 am

I hate to mention it, because seating is already scarce and because I'm selfish...but the best sub $5 meal in Madison is the pita wrap with either hummus/tabouleh or chicken and yogurt sauce at Mediteranean Cafe on State. You order, sit down and it's there in 2 minutes.
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Postby Wet_Pavement » Tue Aug 28, 2007 8:20 am

Paco wrote:I hate to mention it, because seating is already scarce and because I'm selfish...but the best sub $5 meal in Madison is the pita wrap with either hummus/tabouleh or chicken and yogurt sauce at Mediteranean Cafe on State. You order, sit down and it's there in 2 minutes.


Yeah, and I also like their lamb + beef Shwarma (spelling?) which is just a large lamb and beef wrap.

But any idea why Med. Cafe reduced their hours? I miss them because I'm a night owl and they aren't open till 9 PM any more. They close at like 5 PM.

Anyone know why? Is this permanent?
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Postby pulsewidth modulation » Tue Aug 28, 2007 8:27 am

Happy Wok
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Postby eriedasch » Tue Aug 28, 2007 10:52 am

pulsewidth modulation wrote:Happy Wok

happy wok may be cheap as in poor quality, but not much of a value.

I can get a pint of vegetable lo mein at Chang Jiang for under $4.

Med Cafe is also a super deal - pretty much anything you order.

And the jerk pork at David's Jamaican. When ordering take out I can get 3 meals out of 1 order for around $11.
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Postby keef94 » Tue Aug 28, 2007 11:05 am

It's not in the sub-$5.00 range, but Weary Traveler is a great value, with cool atmosphere and consistently good entrees.
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Postby jjoyce » Tue Aug 28, 2007 11:09 am

Wet_Pavement wrote:Yeah, and I also like their lamb + beef Shwarma (spelling?) which is just a large lamb and beef wrap.

But any idea why Med. Cafe reduced their hours? I miss them because I'm a night owl and they aren't open till 9 PM any more. They close at like 5 PM.

Anyone know why? Is this permanent?


Whoa! Really? Any self-respecting shwarma joint needs to be open until about 3 AM, minimum.
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Postby Madsci » Tue Aug 28, 2007 12:22 pm

The Med Cafe has shorter hours in summer and during breaks when the students are partying somewhere else.
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Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Tue Aug 28, 2007 12:32 pm

keef94 wrote: Weary Traveler is a great value, with cool atmosphere and consistently good entrees.

I agree that their food is marvelous, but a lot of their portions are pretty skimpy.
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Postby Paco » Tue Aug 28, 2007 2:20 pm

Best sub $5 value:

My fav lunch...bean burrito at Taco Loco cart across from Starbucks on the Square. $5 for a bean, chicken or beef burrito and they're huge. I walked by there today and a woman had just gotten one and she said to her friend "man, this is as big as my head, feel how heavy this is!". Plus they're good.
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Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Aug 28, 2007 2:34 pm

The burrito from Cafe Costa Rica. Had lunch there yesterday. $7.50, tasty and HUGE. But forgo the Costa Rican beer - $6.50 a bottle.
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