$3.65 for two tacos asada, chips and water at Taqueria El Radio. Awesome. Can anybody name a better lunch for less?
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One of the most reliably tasty and imminently affordable places in Columbia is Chinese Wok Express. It looks dingy from the outside and not much better in (the owner of another one of Columbia’s Asian restaurants loves the food at CWE but claims to eat there with eyes closed). No matter, the food is excellent. I generally order from the Vietnamese side of the menu, sticking closely to the noodle bowls (I’ve found the Chinese platters on the other side of the menu decidedly so-so). The numbers 15 and 17 are personal favorites, and come out with thin rice noodles covered with shaved beef, cucumber, mint, carrot and and lettuce, all of it bathed in a light (lemongrass?) broth. The vegetables are fresh and crunchy and wonderful. Throw a little extra chili sauce and you’ve got the makings of a perfect summer lunch – even if they’re open until 9pm every day but Sunday, when they’re closed.
422 E Broadway
Columbia, MO 65201
Mugs Up is older than the Heidelberg, Harpos and virtually every other Columbia dining spot (can anyone name one that’s older?). They’ve been slinging their signature zips and chili dogs just off of Highway 40 (now Business Loop 70) since 1955. They are as true a Columbia institution as you can get. And here’s where I get off track: the sloppy joe “burgers” at Mugs Up? They’re really not my bag. And maybe I shouldn’t say this, but the root beer tastes a little watery. To me. I know, the ghost of Raymond Kewley is going to visit me in my dreams shortly and open up a can, bigtime. It’s just something I’m going to have to deal with.
No, the real reason I go to Mugs Up is for those chili cheese dogs. Sonic, with their absurd, soggy, warmed-over chili monstrosity, is a mess compared to Mugs Up’s neat, snappy little dogs. They’re fantastic, and I can’t eat fewer than two. For those not in the know Mugs Up is behind the Family Table restaurant and across from Parkade Plaza on Business Loop 70. But time’s running out to catch them this year; they’ll close down for the winter in another month or two.
603 Orange St.
Blogs and message boards practically drag our most snide and passive-aggressive tendencies out of us. It doesn’t have to be that way. We can engage in semi-anonymous banter without being jackasses. At least I think so. Passion and opinion is fine, but let’s keep the personal attacks, backstabbing and vitriol where it belongs. The workplace.
Also, for the sake of brevity the following shortcuts and categories will be employed, liberally and throughout (along with lots of semicolons).
Cheap Eats: Places to grab good food on the cheap.