John Donne 9 p.m., May 27
$10 Lunch: Beaumont's Eatery
A recent post by Mary Beth Abate inspired me to set up a lunch date at Beaumont’s Eatery in Bird Rock. Initially, I planned to indulge and spend a little more than usual for lunch. But when I sat down and opened the menu, I was happy to find that it would be easy to keep my bill close to $10. They have several options, including burgers, fish tacos, and sandwiches right around the $9 and $10 mark.
My lunch date ordered the Double Grilled Cheese sandwich ($9), which comes with white cheddar, tomatoes, bacon, and avocado.
I went with the Brie-Nini Panini ($9.50) a fancy grilled cheese that features prosciutto and green apples. It wasn’t the to-die-for sandwich I thought it would be. The brie overpowered everything else. While I love the flavor of brie, I thought the apple and prosciutto needed a bit more presence.
Although I didn’t love love love my sandwich the way I wanted to, the rest of the lunch options in the $10 range could inspire a second visit. Korean Duck Tacos ($11), Fresh Grilled Hawaiian Albacore Huli Huli Sandwich ($10.50), and the Sloppy Dave (a pulled pork sammy for $10) all sound good to me. They also have lunch combos that allow you to pick two items: ½ sandwich, cup of soup, and/or a small salad for $9.