Should you eat at home to save money? Maybe, but let’s face it — cooking isn’t fun, grocery shopping is time-consuming and for some reason, food tastes better when someone else makes it. To help satisfy your stomach and your wallet, we’ve rounded up a few of the Valley’s most delicious cheap eats for every palate.
Nocawich is a college student’s haven. It’s within walking distance of Arizona State University with nearly a dozen sandwiches at $10 or under. Our top pick is the $9 ‘What The Cluck’ sandwich with fried chicken breast, slaw, pickles and honey dijon.
The Chuckbox is another ASU favorite, and its nearly 50 years in Tempe is a testament to the establishment. You can score its signature half-pound burger, “The Great Big One,” for just $6.15, or you can choose the Guacamole & Bacon Burger version for $6.74. Be sure to pair your burger with a side of deep-fried zucchini!
The Fry Bread House
The Fry Bread House is best-loved for its lineup of Native American fry bread dishes. You can treat yourself to traditional fry bread, dessert fry bread, or fry bread tacos — all at amazing prices. For the ultimate cheap (yet filling) dish, opt for the beans and cheese fry bread for just $6.79.
Tacos Chiwas has earned a loyal following for its incredible made-to-order premium meat tacos, but its great prices make this spot even better. You’ll find $2.50 tacos, $3.50 quesadillas and $7.50 burritos that fit your budget. For a delicious and satisfying meal under $2.50, go for a pastor taco, a barbacoa taco and a taco chiwas.
Welcome Diner is trendy and tasty, and if you navigate the menu correctly, it won’t break the bank. While items like the chorizo meatloaf and the seafood etouffee will cost you close to $20, we recommend opting for the $7 biscuits and gravy or the legendary $10 mac and cheese.
One of the crown jewels of the Mesa dining scene is the nationally-touted Worth Takeaway, which boasts a full lineup of sandwiches under $10. However, you can find the real deals during breakfast. For a steal, order the $3.50 breakfast sammy, an English muffin featuring a fried egg, cheddar cheese and Sriracha aioli, or you can try the $8 bacon and potato breakfast burrito for another great deal!
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