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Cheap Eats - Chronicle's Version -- Part 3


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Cheap Eats - Chronicle's Version -- Part 3

Tord Svenson | Jan 28, 2000 12:35 AM

The last of the cheap eats experts on Chronicle was Rob McKuhn (sp?) a food writer for "Stuff At Night". Rob is a young guy with "hip tastes". His section featured some very funny comments by the Chronicle anchors Mehegan and Richardson. Peter looks at Mary and says - "No matter what kind of cuisine, we'll take it on -won't we Mary?" This was so SNL I almost fell out of my chair laughing. Peter and Mary are exactly like the two music teachers played by Will Farell and Anna Gastmeyer - totally patronizing, Wonder bread characters that stopped developing when Buffalo Bob left Howdy Doody.

Rob had some interesting choices ---

Sound Bites on Broadway in Somerville --- small place with a big thing about omelettes ---"FLUFFY omelettes" - and fluffy home fries too. This busy place does breakfast until 3PM. "The best fruit in town" Worth a visit when you are in the mood for a fluffy omelette in a home-style atmosphere.

Galleria Italiano on Tremont St in Boston. This looks like a find for lunch. "Best lunch value in the city."---according to Rob. The lunch is buffet style - the pasta is the focus -- made on the premises by "Norma" and her pasta machine. Norma makes good bread as well. The videos on the food layout in this small place were outstanding. The cost is about $6 or $7 - with a wide range of offerings. I 'll get there when this terribly cold weather abates a bit.

Tim's Bar and Grill on Columbus Ave. in the South End is an old favorite of ours. Tim's was once the culinary home of Chef Chandler ---the cook at the old Lulu White's Jazz Club. Chandler made great soul food -and Tim's always had fine burgers. Now its just the burgers --"Probably the best burgers in Boston" -- $4 with Bud on draft for $1.50. Enjoy!

Sun's Café was last up for the cheap eats treatment. This storefront on Mass Ave in Cambridge does Asian with an emphasis on sushi combos. Average price runs about $7. Try the "Eugene Roll" named for the owner/chef's son --- it's marinated beef rolled with a marinated spinach. Rob claims that the homey atmosphere is unique -- that Sun's is a good date place -- and, to me, the food looked wonderful.

Closing out the show Peter turned again to Mary - "I don't know what it does to your breath, that stuff." He says. Mary leans to Peter and encourages him - "What you said was good." - as Chronicle goes to fade. This couple is "stupid and proud of it" - like our 60's bumper stickers pointed out about many Boston neighborhood folk. Now its like looking through the wrong end of a telescope.:-)

I hope that some of the list members and visitors will try these cheap eats suggestions and give us their opinions. My wife and I are off to Davis Square to see "Boondocks Saints" at the Somerville Theater. We will try to catch a meal at Red Bones around the corner and report on that experience tomorrow.

Stay warm! Cuddling is encouraged when not chowhounding.


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