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Best Central Coast, CA Cheap Eats

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 GAYOT's selections for the best cheap eats.

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...

G. Brothers Smokehouse Barbecue
Quick Bite
Dining Room at G. Brothers Smokehouse, San Luis Obispo, CA 885 E. Foothill Blvd.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
The Mexican/American menu also offers authentic smokehouse barbecue. More...

Mandarin Gourmet Chinese
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
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
Expect big flavors and an eclectic menu at this comfortable, bistro-style gathering spot. More...

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

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

Tognazzini’s Dockside Restaurant Seafood
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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