Where to Find Cheap Eats in the North End

Boston North End Cheap Eats

This post was written by contributor writer Matt who is a Boston-based writer, researcher, and tour guide. He has been regaling people with stories of Boston for over a decade. You can follow him on twitter @MatthewWilding.

While the budget visitor might feel the need to starve their way through the Freedom Trail’s most delicious mile, there are plenty of Italian tasties to get your paws on at a reasonable price–from pizza to pastry–if you know where to look.

Haymarket Pizza, 106 Blackstone St.

Sitting on the edge of the North End, facing out at the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the Haymarket, lives an unassuming, zero-frills pizza joint. A slice will run you $2.00 or more, depending on the number of toppings.

Ernesto’s, 69 Salem St.

Ernesto’s has the best pizza in town and these titan-sized slices are guaranteed to make even the most discerning New Yorker reconsider their cheese-and-sauce allegiances. A “slice” runs you about $5, which may sound steep, but when they give it to you, you’ll quickly realize that the single slice could feed two people, and is cut to accommodate just that. You might want to budget extra though, as they also serve beer (rare in a Boston pizza place) and some excellent, huge arancini for just a few extra bucks.

Maria’s Pastry Shop, 46 Cross St.

Somehow though Maria’s, with its cheap sign, no-frills appearance, and family-and-friends staff, has remained a virtual secret. $3 will get you the best cannoli of your life. I’ve brought visitor after visitor to this place, and every single one has liked Maria’s cannoli better than the more expensive ones around the corner. Every one. All. No exceptions. And if cannoli isn’t your bag, they’ve got sfogliatelle that will blow your mind without breaking the bank.

Theo’s Cozy Corner, 162 Salem St.

For the early risers among us, this is the spot. Theo’s opens at six in the morning, and is jammed with tourists and locals alike. Everyone likes a joint where you can get breakfast for less than five bucks, and while Theo’s is not destined to be Zagat-rated, it will fill-a-buster on a budget. Stick with the staples here: eggs and toast, pasta marinara, and simple sandwiches.

Galleria Umberto, 289 Hanover St. 

Sicilian-style pizza for $1.70 a slice. Arancini for $3 each. Umberto sells other things, but people are not waiting in a line out the door for their salami. They open at 11am, and they close when they run out of pizza. They often run out of pizza. This is a hard one to recommend, but a cheap-eats rundown wouldn’t be complete without them. The price is right, but the time spent waiting might deter the thrifty visitor on a time crunch.

Where are your favorite cheap eats in the North End?

When the Patriots Win, You Win at Friendly’s!


This year when the Patriots win, Friendly’s is giving away a free celebration sundae the day after a Patriots win. You do need to purchase an adult entrée to get the free sundae.

For more information or to find your nearest location, please head here.

Even sweeter, Dunkin’ Donuts is offering medium coffee for .87 in celebration of #87 the day after a Patriots win!

Go Pats!

Thanks, BLOTC!


Free Burritos at Boloco for 7 Days

Free Burritos at Boloco in Boston

Heads up! Boloco is hosting 7 days of Free Burritos at their various locations when you make a donation to the David Ortiz Children Fund.

Today, September 14, 2016, Boloco is giving free burritos (with donation) at their Berklee location from 11-8pm and tomorrow, September 15, 2016, their will be free burritos at Emerson from 11-8pm.

You are going to have to follow Boloco on Twitter, Facebook, or sign up to their e-mail list for more information about their other future free burritos day as info is limited at this time.

For more information about free burritos at Boloco, head here or check them out on social media.

Also, don’t forget to download the Boloco app and get $5 for signing up if you haven’t done so already! (I get $5 too if you use my referral link— thanks!)



Free Shake Shack Burger for First 100 People Tomorrow

Shake Shack Boston Locations

Shake Shack is opening their 100th Shake Shack tomorrow in the Seaport District (77 Seaport Blvd) and they are giving free Shake Shack burgers at every location to celebrate!

The first 100 guests at every Shake Shack location (minus stadiums/ballparks) will receive a free single ShackBurger on Tuesday, August 16, 2016.

Shake Shack will open at 10:30am and burgers are for the first 100 people only, so you may want to eat an early lunch if you plan to get in on this deal.

For more information or to find a Shake Shack location, please head here.

Where to Find Free Coffee on National Coffee Day in Boston and Beyond

Free Coffee Image

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 is National Coffee Day and what better way to celebrate than a free cup of joe from your favorite National and local companies.

Here’s where you score free coffee tomorrow for National Coffee Day in Boston and beyond:

  • Dunkin’ Donuts: Free medium hot or iced dark roast coffee
  • Peet’s Coffee & Tea: Free small cup of Peet’s Major Dickason blend with any purchase of a baked good, simply oatmeal or fresh food item
  • Cumberland Farms: Text the word FREECOFFEE to 33733 for a text coupon
  • Whole Foods: .25 for a 12 oz cup of coffee at Whole Foods for the month of September

What did I miss? Will you be celebrating National Coffee Day this year?

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Free Coffee and Donuts Monday Morning from Joe Andruzzi

Honey Dew

The Joe Andruzzi Foundation (JAF) and Honey Dew Donuts are teaming up on Monday, September 28, 2015 with free cups of joe and donuts in anticipation of National Coffee Day on Tuesday.

Three-time Super Bowl Champion and cancer survivor Joe Andruzzi will play barista on Monday morning from 10am to 11:30am on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, at the corner of Atlantic and State Street at the Honey Dew Mobile Truck.

This free event is the kick off for the second consecutive year that Honey Dew Donuts and JAF have teamed up to support New England Cancer patients and their families. For  more information, please head here.

Will you be grabbing free coffee and donuts on Monday morning from Honey Dew and Joe Andruzzi?

Don’t forget to check the blog tomorrow for a roundup of all the great free coffee deals for National Coffee Day on Tuesday!

South Street Diner 50’s Day: $1 Cheeseburgers and Hot Dogs!


South Street Diner Boston Promotions

Take a step back into time on Monday, September 21, 2015 at the South Street Diner with $1 Cheeseburgers and $1 Hot Dogs from 11am to 11pm or while supplies last.

The South Street Diner is located at 178 Kneeland Street in Boston. For more information, please head here.

Will you be attending 50’s day at the South Street Diner?