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Best Central Coast, CA Cheap Eats


As the world economy slows down, we may want to tighten our belts, but we still need to fill our stomachs. Splurging at top-rated restaurants is fun for special events, but where can you go for a good quality meal that won't break the bank? Gather the change out of your piggy bank and sofa cushions and take it to one of our selections for the best cheap eats in California's Central Coast.

Beach Burger American
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Beach Burger, Oceano, CA 325 Pier Ave.
Oceano, CA 93445

Burgers are the star at this tiny beachside spot. More...

Bon Temps Creole Cafe Cajun
11/20
1000 Olive St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Menu
Bon Temps serves Creole food at near coffee shop prices. More...

G. Brothers Smokehouse Barbecue
Quick Bite
885 E. Foothill Blvd.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

The Mexican/American menu also offers authentic smokehouse barbecue. More...

Mandarin Gourmet Chinese
11/20
1316 Madonna Rd.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Enjoy cooked-to-order Chinese food plus Vietnamese pho at this longtime family-owned and -operated restaurant. More...

Margie’s Diner American
12/20
1575 Calle Joaquin
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Step back in time at this old-fashioned diner offering quality American comfort food. More...

Odyssey World Cafe American
Quick Bite
1214 Pine St.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Menu
Expect big flavors and an eclectic menu at this comfortable, bistro-style gathering spot. More...

Pappy McGregor’s Pub & Grill Pub
12/20
1122 Pine St.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Menu
The name is more Irish than the menu, but this pub food is better than you might expect. More...

SLO Brewing Co Brewpub
11/20
1119 Garden St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Menu
This local brewpub offers small-batch craft beers, respectable pub fare, screens for the big games and a lively music scene. More...

Thai Elephant Restaurant Thai
13/20
7320 El Camino Real
Atascadero, CA 93422
Menu
A classic Thai spot with hearty vegetarian options. More...

Tognazzini’s Dockside Restaurant Seafood
12/20
1245 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442

Perched waterside in Morro Bay, operated by a longtime fishing family, and serving nothing but the freshest catch. More...


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