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.
Chili cheese dog $2.75
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) $2.69Reuben on rye with Swiss and sauerkraut $5
Cottage cheese with tomato $1.78
INTERNATIONAL CAFÉ, 209 Hitt St.
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
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