Hungry? Thin wallet? That doesn’t have to be a disastrous combination–at least not with the number of local Phoenix eateries dishing out hot, delicious specialties. Get out of the fast-food drive thru lane and head to one of these five uniquely Phoenix destinations for some of the best cheap eats in the Valley of the Sun.
Carolina’s Mexican Food. You can eat well here with the change in your pocket. Overstuffed meat and potato burritos make a filling breakfast, and the lunch combo platters will leave you full until dinnertime, without making a dent in your wallet.
Rocket Burgers and Subs. Hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches—did we mention burgers? Eat well for less than four dollars a pop at this fun, friendly burger joint. Try the Teriyaki Burger, featuring cheese, pineapple, lettuce, mayo, and a homemade teriyaki sauce. Don’t forget the cheese fries! Rocket Burgers also carries a fun, extensive selection of unique bottled sodas.
The Fry Bread House. Made-from-scratch, hand-stretched fry bread is the base for nearly all the menu selections at this local comfort food favorite. Try it topped with red chile beef, or as a dessert with chocolate and butter. This may not qualify as health food, but this is quintessential Arizona cuisine at its best.
Los Reyes de la Torta. If you don’t know what a torta is, you have been missing out. These toasted Mexican sandwiches come in infinite varieties, but all are mouth-watering. Try a traditional Torta Milanesa, and don’t leave without having a fresh licuado from the juice bar.
La Condesa Gourmet Taco Shop. With a couple of bucks, you can fill up on gourmet tacos at this fun, hip taco shop. Try the Sonoran Carne Asada Taco, stuffed with Arrachera steak marinated with Mexican herbs, fresh garlic and olive oil, then charbroiled with mesquite charcoal.