Cheap Eats

Learn how to feast by spending the least with grab-and-go and bar food options, gourmet grub for less and ethnic bites for the global diner.

So, where can we get a good, cheap meal around here?

Lots of places!

We’ve been keeping track of tasty, affordable options across the state for our guide, featuring three different categories for the eater of everything: grab-and-go and bar food options, gourmet grub for less and ethnic eats for the global diner.

Get ready to feast while spending the least.

 

Hot Wieners

Traditionalist or gourmand: Which type are you?
 
New York System hot wiener, all-the-way ($2.15 each)
Olneyville New York System 
20 Plainfield St., Providence, 621-9500
1012 Reservoir Ave., Cranston, 275-6031
1744 Mineral Spring Ave., North Providence
383-4155, olneyvillenewyorksystem.com
 
Ingredients:
Veal, pork and beef hot wiener
Hamburger meat sauce made with secret spices
Finely chopped onions
Mustard
Celery salt
Steamed bun
 
Served with: Autocrat coffee milk, of course ($1.99)
Smoked chorizo sausage ($7.50)
Wurst Kitchen/Wurst Window
Chez Pascal
960 Hope St., Providence
421-4422, 
chez-pascal.com
 
Ingredients:
Smoked housemade chorizo
Fried egg
Raclette cheese
Sweet pepper relish
Hot sauce
Calise hoagie roll
 
Served with: Yacht Club Sarsaparilla soda ($2)

 

Luxe For Less
Restaurants across the state shuck $1 oysters on specific days and times.
 
Benjamin's in Newport offers Raw Bar Happy Hours seven days a week from noon to 2 p.m., and Raw Bar Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to midnight, which means $1 oysters, $0.50 clams and $1 shrimp.
254 Thames St., Newport, 846-8757, benjaminsnewport.com.
 
Mill's Tavern features a Happy Hour Raw Bar Mondays through Saturdays from 5 to 8 p.m. and Sundays 4 to 7 p.m., including oysters on the half shell for $1.50, shrimp cocktail for $1.25 and Point Judith littlenecks for $1. Oyster varieties change daily.
101 North Main St., Providence, 272-3331, millstavernrestaurant.com.
 
Stop by New Rivers on Tuesdays from 5 to 10 p.m. for weekly changing dollar-bivalves from local waters, often including Walrus and Carpenters, Plum Points and Wellfleets.
7 Steeple St., Providence, 751-0350, newriversrestaurant.com.
 
Providence Oyster Bar and Providence Prime offer $1 oysters, littlenecks, cherrystones and shrimp at the bar Mondays from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and Tuesdays through Sundays from 3 to 6:30 p.m. (Providence Prime is closed Sundays). Daily-changing oysters.
283 Atwells Ave., Providence, 272-8866, providenceoysterbar.com
279 Atwells Ave., Providence, 454-8881, providenceprime.com.
 
On Mondays, Hemenway’s offers half-price raw bar options with the purchase of a drink at the bar or an entree in the dining room.
121 South Main St., Providence, 351-8570, hemenwaysrestaurant.com.

 


 

A Wing Thing
If you've got a few bucks, an appetite and no fear of dirtying your paws, Rhode Island doles out some of the hottest, tangiest wings around. Get your Wet-Naps ready: It's wing time! 
 
Heat Factor: Serene
Embark on a taste tour at Seven Moons with the traditional East Asian-inspired sauces, including Szechuan, Thai-style lemongrass sauce, oyster sauce and the ever-popular Thai-style crispy chicken wings with red pepper. Get eight wings for $5.95 or sixteen for $10.95. 
6900 Post Rd., North Kingstown
885-8383, 7-moons.com
Seven Moons
Heat Factor: Tangy
Wings Over Providence fries up extensive flavors, styles and sizes. Options range from wimpy to afterburner, and they come bone-in or boneless. Our favorite flavors include mustang ranch, hot garlic and kickin’ bar-b-que. Get seven wings for $5.99, ten for $7.99 or fifteen for $10.99; boneless versions are $11.99 per pound. 
725 Hope St., Providence
274-9464, wingsoverprovidence.com
Wings Over Providence
Heat Factor: Extreme
If you’re looking to singe your taste buds, look no further than Doherty’s East Avenue Irish Pub. They have an assortment of flavors for wing-lovers of all tolerances, including the atomic, inferno and nuclear wings for the bravest of tongues. Enjoy $0.50 wings every Monday night (deep-fried or char-grilled) or ten wings for $9.99 every other night of the week. 
342 East Ave., Pawtucket
725-9520, dohertys.com.

–Abby Ringiewicz

Doherty's

 

Ethnic Eats
This Chinese custom involves more than just dumplings.
 
Turnip Cake
Turnip is grated and mixed with rice flour batter and steamed, then pan-fried until crispy.
Price: three for $2.65
Lucky Garden, 1852 Smith St., Providence, 231-5626, luckygardenri.com
 
Seven Moons
Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaf
Sticky rice is stuffed with meat and Chinese mushrooms, wrapped in dried lotus leaves and steamed.
Price: two for $5.95 
Wings Over Providence
Steamed BBQ Pork Bun
Soft and pillowy rice flour dough forms a ball around barbecue pork and onions.
Price: three for $2.65
Doherty's
Chicken Feet
Most people have no problem biting into chicken wings, so what’s so different about those other appendages, the feet?
Price: $3.05
Doherty's
Seasme Balls
Rice flour and wheat starch dough is injected with lotus paste, rolled into balls, coated in sesame seeds and deep-fried.
Price: three for $2.65
Doherty's
Scallion Pancakes
Think of it as a Chinese crepe made with flatbread, folded with oil and minced green scallions.
Price: $5.95
Doherty's

 

 

 

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