Affordable Restaurants Near Fenway

June 16, 2015
by Zagat Staff

Zagat's top rated restaurants under $25 near Fenway. 

Boston Burger Company
Burger · Fenway/Kenmore · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

“Ask for extra napkins” when ordering the “messy” but “delicious” , “juicy” burgers at these patty slingers, where “original” varieties feature “more toppings than you can get your mouth around” (as with ‘The King’, loaded with peanut butter, bacon and fried banana); service is “friendly” , and “reasonable prices” ensure they’re “crowded.”
India Quality Restaurant
Indian · Fenway/Kenmore · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.0

This circa-1983 “survivor” of Kenmore Square’s rough-to-refined evolution is considered “one of the better choices” for Indian cuisine in Boston, a “reliable respite” with an “extensive” menu of “delicious” , “reasonably priced” plates; the space is “old-fashioned” but “homey” , with “attentive” service sealing the deal.
Pho Basil
Vietnamese · Fenway/Kenmore · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.0

This “tiny” Fenway/Kenmore joint specializing in “large” Vietnamese and Thai plates is “popular for a reason” : the “flavorful and healthy” menu offers an “economical” way to get “your pho fix” ; “long lines” suggest “the secret is out” , but “pleasant service” manages to “turn tables quickly” , and that “counts for a lot.”
El Pelón Taqueria
Mexican · Fenway/Kenmore · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.7

The Mexican street eats include “outstanding” burritos at these taquerias that “simply cannot be beat” for fans who contend the ingredients are “better quality and fresher” than the “typical” ; expect “Day of the Dead” –inspired interiors in both Brighton and Fenway (which is mostly takeout with some patio seating), along with “quick" service.
Mei Mei
Chinese · Fenway/Kenmore · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

Spun off from the original food truck, this brick-and-mortar offshoot near Back Bay draws BU students with “indulgent” Asian-American offerings ranging from dumplings to stuffed scallion pancakes; the “relaxed, funky” setting features an open kitchen that thrills cult-food fanatics.
Saloniki Greek
Greek · Fenway/Kenmore · $

Star chef Jody Adams is behind this Fenway-side fast-casual Greek eatery offering build-your-own pitas, rice plates and salad bowls laden with vibrant fixings like spicy lamb meatballs and charred eggplant. Composed sandwiches and sides are also served in an industrial-chic space with a Hellenic blue-and-white color scheme.
Tasty Burger
Burger · Fenway/Kenmore · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.7

This local chain serves “wicked good” , wax paper–wrapped burgers and other “genuine American diner” eats in “no-frills” , retro-tinged spaces; “consistent” service, “cheap” tabs and “peppy” vibes come with the territory, and there’s a “great late-night” scene in Harvard Square – where the griddle stays hot till 4 AM Thursday–Saturday.
Rod-Dee 2 Thai Cuisine
Thai · Fenway/Kenmore · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.7

“There are so many” “scrumptious” Thai options at this cash-only “go-to” mini-chain – each “flavorful” , “complemented by spice” and “beyond cheap” – that “sometimes it takes awhile to decide” (thankfully, the staff is “patient” ); decorwise, there’s “not much character” , so business is “mostly takeout.”