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Cusser’s Roast Beef & Seafood
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The best cheap eats at Time Out Market Boston

Student-budget-friendly items to try during move in weekend.

JQ Louise
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JQ Louise

Boston is home to thousands of college students each year. While Boston has a reputation for being expensive, Time Out Market Boston is just a stone’s throw from some of Boston’s top colleges and universities and offers lots of cheap eats. We have gathered our top student-budget-friendly items that you have to try this semester. Be sure to also check out our guide to cheap eats throughout Boston as well. 


Time Out Market Boston
Photograph: Morgan Olsen

 anoush’ella is known for their healthy Mediterranean fare, and lots of hearty items are $15 or less.

  • Chef Mezze Sampler ($16) - Sampling of hummus, labne, baba-ganoush, falafel, walnut harissa + flatbread
    • Individual Mezee ($4.50) - choice of one from the above list + flatbread
  • Fattoush Salad ($14) - Mixed greens, tomato, cucumber, red pepper, onion, fresh herbs, pomegranate vinaigrette
  • Lentil Rice with Zataar Chicken Grain Bowl ($14) - Armenian Salad, labne, walnut harissa, pickled turnip
  • Anoush'ella Beef Kofta ($14.50) - hummus, sumac onion, tahini, zhouk & side of baba ganoush
  • Rice Pudding ($5.25)


Cusser’s Roast Beef & Seafood
Photograph: Brian Samuels

 Cusser’s is a great place to get a taste of New England and lots of signature items are $12 or less.

  • Fish Tacos ($11) - crispy fish, cabbage slaw, pickled onions, cilantro, jalapenos, Thoreau sauce
  • Clam Chowder ($7.50)
  • All Roast Beef Sandwiches are $12


Gogo Ya 

gogo ya, nori taco
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivasgogo ya's crispy nori tacos

Get a taste of O Ya, one of Boston’s top restaurants at a steal of a deal at Gogo Ya.

  • $10 for 1 sushi taco (all options)
  • Maki Rolls & Handrolls - Avocado Maki ($12), Salmon Maki ($13), Spicy Tuna Maki ($14)
  • Miso Soup ($6) - wakame, local tofu, shitake mushroom, scallions
  • Edame ($5) - w/ Malden sea salt


Photograph: Brian Samuels

At InChu, all bowls start at $14 and include a choice of BBQ Chicken, Ginger Beef, Vegetarian + base (organic greens or jasmine rice).

  • Korean BimBimBap - fried egg, pickled daikon, carrot slaw, cucumber, bean sprouts, spinach, green onion, sesame seeds, gochujang-soy
  • Thai Pad Krapow - pickled mango, red cabbage, carrot slaw, bean sprouts, green onion, holy basil, cilantro, mint, chiles, peanut sauce, hot pepper glaze 


Michael Schlow's
Photograph: Clark DouglasMimi's famous meatballs

Pick up classic sandwiches from one of Boston’s most well-known chefs at Schlow’s.

  • Caprese Sandwich ($13) - fresh mozzarella, ripe tomato, pesto vinaigrette
  • Meatball Parmesan ($15)

Ms. Cluck's Deluxe

Ms. Clucks Deluxe
Photograph: Emily KanMs. Clucks Deluxe

Are chicken and waffles ever a bad idea? Not at Ms. Cluck’s Deluxe.

  • Karaage Chicken & Waffles ($14) - umami salt, miso maple syrup, scallions, side of yuzu kosho aioli
  • Cajun Karaage Chicken Sando ($14) - Spicy crispy chicken thigh, bacon, tomato, iceberg lettuce, dashi pickles, nori buttermilk ranch
  • Chicken, Broccoli & Cheddar Gyoza ($9) - crispy cheesy frico crust, spicy miso dipping sauce


 Nu Burger cauliflower veggie
Photograph: Brian Samuels

For under $15 grab a gourmet burger, but note that pricing at NuBurger only includes the burger, fries are extra; Haloumi Fries ($6) & Parmesan-Truffle Fries ($5.50).

  • Fenway NuBurger ($14) - sharp cheddar, tomato, charred onion, lettuce, spicy pickle & NuSauce
  • Spicy Cauliflower ($14) - cauliflower-quinoa-cheddar veggie patty, avocado-pistachio-pesto, red cabbage slaw & NuSauce

Say Coffee 

Say Coffee Co. matcha latte
Photograph: Courtesy Say Coffee Co.

Obviously, there are plenty of coffee, boba and tea drinks for under $10 at Say Coffee, but they also have some tasty and affordable crepes!

  • Nutella La ($10) - classic Nutella crepe
  • A Day at Say ($12) - strawberries, cream, almonds, cocoa glaze
  • Savory Crepes ($14) - Secret Garden (veggies), Tuscan Chicken

Taqueria El Barrio

Taqueria El Barrio quesadilla
Photograph: Brian Samuels

Grab your friends and start your own Taco Tuesday at Taqueria El Barrio on a budget.

  • Tacos (1 for $4.75) - Asada, Pastor, Carnitas, Chicken, Vegan Chorizo, Birria, Fish. Choice of corn of flour tortilla
  • Plain Quesadilla ($7.50)
  • Quesadillas with fillings ($13.95) - Asada, Pastor, Carnitas, Chicken, Vegan Chorizo, Birria
  • Nachos ($11 with no protein) - cheese, pico de gallo, guacamole, pickled jalapenos; +5 for protein (asada, pastor, carnitas, chicken, birria, vegan chorizo)

Union Square Donuts

Union Square Donuts
Photograph: Brian Samuels

Last but not least, sometimes we all just need a donut. And Union Square Donuts are the OG gourmet donuts in town so you have to give them a try.

  • Classic Donuts - range from $3.50 - $4.75
  • Specialty Donuts - range from $3.75 - $5
  • Vegan Donuts - range from $3.50 - $4
  • Donut Holes (glazed) - $5 for one dozen
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