Best of Taste 2017 - Inexpensive Eats

Best of Taste by Alana Jeralds, Rob Levey, & Jessica Sacco, with Lisë Stern / January, 2018


The Golden Egg

Patrons have been flocking to The Golden Egg for a hearty, homemade breakfast since 1983. Fully loaded omelets and benedicts (seven options, including traditional, sauteed shrimp, and spinach-mushroom) go for under $12 and a full stack of pancakes is less than $8. The granola is homemade, as is the delectable Cardamom Coffee Cake. 960 Sagamore Avenue, Portsmouth, N.H., 603-436-0519,

Colby’s Breakfast & Lunch, Portsmouth, N.H.,
Betty’s Kitchen, North Hampton, N.H.,
The Country View Restaurant, Greenland, N.H.,

The 401 Tavern

Although forever changing its menu to stay with the times, The 401 Tavern keeps its prices fair. “What we do well here is we adjust to the moment and we’re adjusting to whatever is going on in the Seacoast,” says owner Desi Lanio. “Right now, we’re doing comfort foods.” Lunchtime offerings include Petite Baked Haddock served with a cup of seafood chowder and a demi salad and Twin Buffalo Chicken Sliders served with chips, both less than $14. 401 Lafayette Road, Hampton, N.H., 603-926-8800,

Lexie’s Joint, multiple locations,
Beach Pea Baking Co., Kittery, Maine,
Popovers on the Square, Epping and Portsmouth, N.H.,


When STREET co-owners Josh Lanahan and Michelle Lozuaway first opened their restaurant in 2010, they did so with the consumer in mind, and they’ve won for best inexpensive dinner for four years running. “We thought it was really important to offer consistent quality food at a reasonable price,” Lanahan says. “I think people are seeing that we do that.” STREET has a variety of tasty salads and bowls, along with a great selection of sandwiches, many for $10 and under. 801 Islington Street, Portsmouth, N.H., 603-436-0860,

Lexie’s Joint, multiple locations,
The Maine Diner, Wells, Maine,
Roundabout Diner, Portsmouth, N.H.,

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