Empty wallet, full plate: cheap eats

Looking for an alternative to food on campus? Just want to try something new? Don’t have a lot of cash? Options are available, and you don’t have go too far to find them.

The Village Tavern on Church Street in Jeffersonville offers great nightly deals. I recommend Taco Tuesday Night. Soft tacos are served for a $1.50 each. You have a choice of beef or a (spicy) black bean, each with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. Salsa, sour cream and guacamole are an extra $0.50.While you wait for your food, enjoy the free popcorn machine and the $4 house margaritas night special. They offer inside or patio seating in a very relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant caters to all, including young and old couples, singles and families with children. While their menu mainly features good ‘bar food,’ it has options for vegan and gluten free customers as well as new seafood additions.

The Hub on Main Street in Johnson also offers a Tuesday night special, $2 draft beer and slices. The $2 beer special changes weekly but Switchback and The Hub Ale (made by Rock Art) seem to be a constant. All slices used to be $2, but now only cheese and pepperoni are. Specialty slices, or anything with more than one topping, now costs $3. The full menu has a variety of locally grown/raised foods .Wednesday nights also offer specials with $0.50 wings and live music featuring Seth Yacovone, a local blues musician worth checking out. They also now have a full bar. The Hub has a laid back atmosphere with local artwork lining the walls, a pool table, games and live music almost every night.

Craving a burger? Check out the Burger Barn on Route 15 in Jeffersonville. The name might sound unappealing, but their food is amazing. Burger Barn’s prices range from $5 to $9. They are only open seasonally from May until October. Burger Barn gets its meat locally from the Boyden Farms just down the road from them in Cambridge. Their produce is also local (when available). You can get anything from a regular cheese burger, cooked anyway you like, to their specialty burgers with over easy eggs, pickled beets, local cheeses or nuts. Burger Barn received an award from 7 Days earlier this year for best burger in Vermont (outside of Chittenden County), and is a local favorite of many.

Moog’s Place on route 15 in Morrisville is also a great place to grab good ‘cheap eats’. Their menu ranges from $2-$15. Wednesday nights they offer $0.50 wings with a variety of sauces to choose from. While enjoying the wings, every Wednesday is also open mic night, so bring your skills or just sit back and enjoy others. Moog’s definitely gives off a mellow ‘dead head’ vibe with Grateful Dead memorabilia on the walls and a Dead cover band almost weekly. Owner Tom Moog works there almost nightly and could possibly be your server. They offer a full bar with nightly drink specials.