I had an pleasant surprise in the North End today that I wanted to share. Rabia's on Salem Street, a solid restaurant in the sea of other good North End places, has a wonderful lunch menu that is roughly 50% below the competition.
For $4.99, you have a choice of 6 entrees or so, including a linguini in clam sauce (white or red). I got the white version, and it was very good -- and somewhat different from others I have had. The sauce seemed to have a creamy base, and there were tons of clams, snap peas, carrot bits, and a quarter of a fire-roasted yellow pepper (along with a couple of pieces of garlic bread). They also had a broader menu in the $6-11 range, including dishes like veal marsala, etc.
While I don't think that this is worth a special trip, if you're in the North End around lunch time, it might be worth remembering.