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
Veal, pork and beef hot wiener
Hamburger meat sauce made with secret spices
Finely chopped onions
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
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,
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,
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,
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,
279 Atwells Ave., Providence, 454-8881,
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,



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
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
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

–Abby Ringiewicz



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,
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
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
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
Scallion Pancakes
Think of it as a Chinese crepe made with flatbread, folded with oil and minced green scallions.
Price: $5.95