44 Charles St. Boston; (617) 523-8832
Of course, this joint is on Charles Street also, somehow. Maybe you've blown a bit too much on a silver-plated chafing dish for your cat, and you're feeling a bit hungry yourself; but you'd never spend that much on your own meal. Step into the Paramount and have a roast chicken dinner for $4. 95, or a cheeseburger from the grill for $1.95.
Yes, it's your basic cafeteria, somehow mixed in with the nobs. Grab a tray and tell the man what you want Maybe baked macaroni and cheese ($3. 25) or a huge bowl of beef stew ($3. 55). Mine tried the chicken soup ($1. 85), a large bowl of thick stock with bits of chicken, carrots, and rice. Beef over rice or noodles ($4. 75) is a hearty meal, as is the veal cutlet sandwich ($2. 75); breakfast is served all day, like two eggs and bacon for $3.25.
The Paramount serves beer and wine and, unlike many greasy spoons, stays open in the evenings. Filling, heartwarming, and cheap.