Coolidge Corner is one of the Boston area’s more endearing neighborhoods. We love the Art Deco splendor of the Coolidge Corner Theater and Brookline Booksmith is probably our favorite independent bookstore in all of Massachusetts. Surprisingly, given its location in tony Brookline, Coolidge Corner is home to a wide array of excellent cheap eats. Because we want nothing more than for you to be happy and full, we’ve created a guide to the neighborhood’s best bets.
•Bottega Fiorentina is quite possibly Brookline’s best spot for the hungry foodie on a budget. Feast on an excellent heaping plate of pasta (we’re partial to the Penne Michelangelo) for under $6. The service can be a little idiosyncratic, but hey, that’s just part of the charm.
•A visit to Rami’s can induce a minor existential crisis. Do you go for the meltingly tender shawarma or the crunchy perfection of the falafel? Our recommendation: get the shawarma (preferably in a pita with some hummus) and a few falafel balls on the side.
•Zaftigs Delicatessen isn’t the cheapest option in Coolidge Corner, but it can’t be beat for comfort food. Warm up with a bowl of their excellent chicken noodle soup and crunch on their obsession-worthy bagel chips to your heart’s content.
•Anna’s Taqueria is still the gold standard of Boston burritos. Prices may have gone up slightly in recent years, but a super burrito with steak and guacamole is still one of the best (and tastiest) deals in town.
•The Corrib Pub makes great bar food (don’t miss the Corrib Burger), but the real stars here are the cocktails. It’s best not to order anything fancy, but oh goodness, are the drinks cheap and strong.
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