Boston is Seth Kugel’s latest $100 weekend in the New York Times Frugal Traveler. Full of tips for cheap eats, entertainment and sightseeing, the article starts with a subway ride to Mei Mei Street Kitchen on Clarendon Street in Copley Square. Fridays from 4 to 7:30 p.m. the truck parks near the John Hancock Tower. Kugel had the Double Awesome for $7, “a messy semi-sandwich of poached eggs, pesto and Vermont Cheddar wrapped in a scallion pancake; not bad, but a bit over the top for me.” Next was window shopping in pricey Newbury Street, then a walk to Wally’s Cafe in the South End. For the price of a $5 beer he enjoyed an evening of jazz bands; note that arriving before 9 gets you a seat. After that was Clio, a French restaurant with $30 entrees and a “restaurant-within-a-restaurant,” Uni Sashimi bar, where dinner was $10.
East Boston, two subway stops under the harbor from downtown, started the morning. An inexpensive breakfast at Taco Mex in Piers Park preceded the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail walk. Though there is no charge for it, Charles Bahne’s “Complete Guide to Boston’s Freedom Trail” at $6.95 proved helpful.
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