Low-cost lunches

You don’t have to break the bank to enjoy variety
Wednesday, February 11, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 7:35 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Do you save ketchup packets? Have you ever stolen a pepper shaker before? Don’t be bashful. You’re not the only frugal gourmand around. Many restaurants in town offer you a chance to save face and money. A complete lunch for $5 may be a rare species, but it’s not extinct.

Because your cover has been blown as a — shall we say — thrifty shopper, it is assumed that your beverage of choice will be tap water. Here’s how to get a hearty downtown lunch with only one $5 bill — including tax but not tip. That’s right Hamilton, have a rest. With a lone Lincoln, you can get one or more items from this listing:

BOOCHES, 110 S. Ninth St.

  • Cheeseburger $2.25
  • Chili cheese dog $2.75
  • Soup $2
  • Ham and egg sandwich $3
  • King Tut (eggs, sausage, ham and cheese on bread) $5
  • CHINESE WOK EXPRESS, 422 E. Broadway

  • Bun xao sate bo (Vietnamese vermicelli with beef and a special sauce) $4.55
  • Hoanh thanh mi (Ground pork, shrimp and crab wontons) $4.90
  • Mi tudi (yellow noodles with pork, shrimp and crab) $4.47
  • ERNIE’S CAFÉ & STEAKHOUSE, 1005 E. Walnut St.

  • Turkey and ham sandwich with cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and potato chips $4.84
  • Grilled cheese sandwich with pickles and onions on side $2.14
  • Bowl of soup (type changes each day) $2.69
  • Reuben on rye with
  • Swiss and sauerkraut $5
  • BLT $3.22
  • Cottage cheese with tomato $1.78

  • Gyros sandwich $4.30
  • Side of falafel 60 cents
  • Chicken gyro sandwich $4.84
  • Falafel dish $4.29
  • Pita bread 54 cents
  • KAFFEEHAUS INC., 23 S. Ninth St.

  • Spinach pie (Spinach and feta cheese baked in phyllo pastry) $4.75
  • Vegetarian lasagna (provolone, mozzarella, parmesan, Romano and ricotta cheeses, Alfredo sauce, broccoli, spinach and carrots) $4.25
  • Gyros sandwich $4.75
  • Hummus wrap (hummus wrapped in pita with lettuce, tomato, green pepper, onion and black olives, with feta cheese and tsitsiki sauce) $4.75
  • NINTH STREET DELI, 28 N. Ninth St.

  • Chili cheese dog (chili and Colby jack cheese, onions and jalapenos) $3.23
  • Tossed salad (small salad with green leaf and veggies) $2.15
  • Chef salad (turkey, ham, Colby jack, eggs and veggies) $4.84
  • Sandwiches (you can assemble your own out of deli meats available or go the pre-made routes with BLT, Reuben, etc.) $4.84
  • SHAKESPEARES PIZZA, 225 S. Ninth St.

  • Two-topping 8-inch pizza, $5
  • The Vegetarian (red onions, green peppers, black olives, mushrooms on bread) $4.21
  • Meat and cheese salad (lettuce, turkey, ham, Swiss, American and cheddar cheeses, artichoke hearts, sprouts and tomato) $3.04
  • Four cookies $1.32 (33 cents each)
  • SUBWAY, 30 S. Ninth St.

  • Cold-cut trio 12-inch sandwich $4.83
  • 6-inch meatball sub $3.12
  • Three cookies (chocolate chip, oatmeal-raisin or sugar) $1.08
  • Bag of potato chips 85 cents
  • Mediterranean chicken salad $4.83
  • UPRISE BAKERY, 816 E. Broadway

  • Focaccia $2.69
  • Cup of soup with roll (two or three choices, which change daily) $2.15
  • Hummus sandwich $4.84
  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwich $3.23
  • Buttermilk currant muffin $1.62

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