Sometimes you feel like a splurge, and sometimes you don’t. But even when you’re feeling more like Scrooge than a big spender, you still don’t want to settle for crapola for dinner. It just means you have to think a little more creatively about where and how to eat. So here’s something for local newcomers to consider: true, Boston has plenty of worldclass, big-ticket eateries, but it also has more than its share of places to eat where the bill for two can be under $40, excluding the bar tab.
Of course, ethnic restaurants are dependably cheap eats. Good food, fast service, fair prices. But as terrific as the cuisine can be, sometimes the atmosphere at the nearest Indian, Chinese, Thai, or Mexican joint leaves you feeling a little less than festive. If dinner out was only about spending as little as possible