Cheap Eats

Around the world a bite at a time

August 23, 2012 

Welcome aboard the Cheap Eats Express, where an economy class ticket takes you all over the world – this month with stops in India, Italy, Peru and Main Street USA.

Hot Breads Café

1901-103 NW Cary Pkwy., Morrisville


In a nutshell: Torn between the lunch buffet at your favorite Indian eatery and just grabbing a quick sandwich? Problem solved at Hot Breads Café, which specializes in panini and other sandwiches with an Indian accent.

Try: Chicken tikka panini, Bombay sandwich (potatoes, beet, onion, tomato, cucumber and chutney on white bread), grilled paneer on wheat; for dessert, treat yourself to one of the colorful house-baked cakes.

Main Street Grille

1318 S. Main St., Wake Forest


In a nutshell: When your sandwich is brought to your table, it comes with a stack of napkins. You’ll need them all. Unless you opt instead for one of the lunch specials, that is, in which case you’ll be provided with suitable flatware for tackling the likes of Guinness lamb stew and grit cakes with spinach and fresh corn. Regardless of your choice, it’s a good bet you won’t be able to resist topping it off with something from a display case filled with house-baked pastries.

Try: Reuben, fried catfish sandwich, breakfast biscuit, lunch specials, apple cider donuts.

Pollo a la Brasa

4614 Capital Blvd., Raleigh


In a nutshell: Bags of hardwood charcoal, stacked in the corners of the dining room, leave no doubt as to what fuels the flames that transform row after rotating row of skewered, tropical juice- and spice-marinated whole chickens into succulent, golden-brown-skinned works of art.

Try: Rotisserie chicken (quarter, half, or whole) with choice of sides (black beans, sweet plantains and chicken soup especially recommended).

Salvio’s Pizzeria

2428 SW Cary Pkwy., Cary


In a nutshell: Lots of pizzerias claim to serve up the real New York-style deal. Salvio’s pies – available whole or by the slice, on a crust that’s thin and just crisp enough – comes closer than most.

Try: Lunch special, two featured slices and a beverage for $5.75 – but only if you’re very hungry; otherwise, a single ginormous slice ought to do you for $2-$2.75, depending on toppings.

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