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Best Phoenix/Scottsdale 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 Phoenix/Scottsdale.

Aloha Kitchen Pan-Asian
Quick Bite
2950 S. Alma School Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85210
Menu
Pan-Asian food in a quick-casual setting. More...

Armando's Mexican Food Mexican
Quick Bite
3955 E. Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85035
Menu
Armando’s serves Mexican fast food 24/7. More...

Arriba Mexican
No Rating
1812 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Menu
This good-time Mexican restaurant offers traditional favorites with a little spice. More...

Barrio Cafe Mexican
13/20
Dining Room at Barrio Cafe, Phoenix, AZ 2814 N. 16th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85006
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Positioned in the heart of the barrio, this hip but friendly café proves that Mexican food can be complex and sophisticated. More...

Blue Adobe Grille Mexican
13/20
144 N. Country Club Dr.
Mesa, AZ 85201
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When you're looking for spicy food in a friendly but upscale setting, try this pretty restaurant, devoted to New Mexican and Southwestern Cuisine. More...

Blue Burrito Grille Mexican
Quick Bite
Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall
7014 E. Camelback Rd., Ste. 577
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Mexican cooking and heart-healthy dining coexist nicely at Blue Burrito. More...

The Breadfruit Jamaican
12/20
108 E. Pierce St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
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Authentic Jamaican dishes such as flame-thrower-spicy jerk meats and escovitch tilapia. More...

Byblos Middle Eastern
11/20
3332 S. Mill Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85282
Menu
Terrific Middle Eastern fare in a casual environment. More...

C-Fu Gourmet Chinese
12/20
Citrus Plaza
2051 W. Warner Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85224
Menu
One of the Valley's best Chinese restaurants, C-Fu is frequented by those who appreciate the fresh seafood and excellent dim sum. More...

Cafepino Italian
Quick Bite
7000 E. Mayo Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85054

Artisan wood-oven pizzas, garden fresh salads, homemade desserts and breads inspired by authentic European recipes. More...

Caramba! Mexican
Quick Bite
6661 W. Bell Rd.
Glendale, AZ 85308

For Mexican fast food that’s good and fresh, we say "Ay, Caramba!" More...

Chompie's Deli Deli
13/20
9301 E. Shea Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

This popular kosher-style deli brings a taste of the Big Apple to Phoenix. More...

Chompie's Deli Deli
13/20
1160 E. University Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85282
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Get an authentic taste of the Big Apple at this kosher-style deli. More...

Cibo Urban Pizzeria Cafe Pizza
13/20
603 N. Fifth Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85003
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This ultra-cozy pizzeria serves up wood-fired pizzas, antipasto, dessert crêpes, locally brewed beers and good Italian wines. More...

Crazy Jim's Greek
11/20
4041 N. 15th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85015
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There’s nothing crazy about this small, friendly diner, which specializes in affordable Greek and Italian food. More...

Crazy Jim's Greek
11/20
305 W. Washington St., Ste. 104
Phoenix, AZ 85003
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There’s nothing crazy about this small, friendly diner, which specializes in affordable Greek and Italian food. More...

Cyclo Vietnamese
13/20
1919 W. Chandler Blvd.
Chandler, AZ 85224
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The small but charming Cyclo serves up traditional Vietnamese favorites as well as Asian flights of fancy, drawing blue collar workers and foodies alike. More...

Delux Burgers
13/20
Biltmore Plaza
3146 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
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Cramped contemporary spot where burgers and beer seem both haute and hot. More...

Duck & Decanter Deli
Quick Bite
1651 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
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On a beautiful day, there’s no better place to have lunch than the patio of the "Duck." More...

El Bravo Mexican
12/20
8338 N. Seventh St.
Phoenix, AZ 85020
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El Bravo is one of the city’s best restaurants for good homemade Mexican food. More...

Eliana's Salvadoran
No Rating
1627 N. 24th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008
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If you like the simple, rustic flavors of Salvadoran food, this Spartan, family-owned operation satisfies. More...

Farm Kitchen American
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Farm Kitchen, Phoenix, AZ The Farm at South Mountain
6106 S. 32nd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85040
Menu
Farm Kitchen offers healthy salads, soups and sandwiches to be eaten at picnic tables under wonderful old pecan trees. More...

Fez Mediterranean
11/20
3815 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012
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Chic urban hot-spot with decent to good Mediterranean tastes. More...

Havana Patio Cafe Cuban
13/20
North Ranch
6245 E. Bell Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Menu
Mojitos and Latin American specialties in a family-friendly setting. More...

Honey Bear's Barbecue Barbecue
Quick Bite
5012 E. Van Buren St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008
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On the weekends, there are lines out the door at this plain-Jane ’cue joint, which offers plenty of room for families. More...

Humble Pie Pizza
13/20
Hilton Village
6149 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Menu
High-end pizzas with gourmet toppings plus a first-rate boutique wine and beer list. More...

Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles Soul Food
13/20
1220 S. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
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There’s no resisting the soul food at Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles. More...

Los Dos Molinos Mexican
12/20
Dining Room at Los Dos Molinos, Mesa, AZ 260 S. Alma School Rd., Suite #137
Mesa, AZ 85210
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Order milk or bring a fire extinguisher because the New Mexico-style food at this casual restaurant is seriously hot. More...

Los Dos Molinos Mexican
Quick Bite
8646 S. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85042
Menu
Order milk or bring a fire extinguisher because the New Mexico-style food at this casual restaurant is seriously hot. More...

Matt's Big Breakfast Breakfast
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Matt 825 N. 1st St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

A tiny diner where the breakfasts are, indeed, big and the food focuses on simple American classics. More...

Oregano's Pizza
Quick Bite
523 W. University Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Menu
A great place to drop by for pizza and beer, Oregano’s is beloved by 20-somethings as well as families for its inexpensive food and casual atmosphere. More...

Overeasy Breakfast
12/20
4730 E. Indian School Rd., Ste. 123
Phoenix, AZ 85018
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Upscale breakfast favorites from chef Aaron May of Sol y Sombra find a casa. More...

Pita Jungle Healthy
Quick Bite
1250 E. Apache Blvd.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Menu
A favorite pit stop for the college crowd, who like the healthy, affordable food. More...

Pita Jungle Healthy
Quick Bite
Anderson Springs
1949 W. Ray Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85224
Menu
Healthy food that doesn't feel too severe---that's the scoop at this popular restaurant, which appeals to people on just about any sort of diet. More...

Pizzeria Bianco Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix, AZ 623 E. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Menu
Considered by local foodies to be the best pizza joint in this town or any other, Pizzeria Bianco offers great pies prepared with Italian flair by Chris Bianco. More...

Postino Italian
12/20
Dining Room at Postino, Phoenix, AZ 3939 E. Campbell Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85018
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This friendly wine bar has everything going for it. More...

San Carlos Bay Seafood Restaurant Mexican
11/20
1901 E. McDowell Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85006

San Carlos is one of the oldest and best places in town for Mexican seafood. More...

The Spotted Donkey Cantina Mexican
14/20
el Pedregal
34505 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
Menu
Southwestern Mexican is fun but sophisticated in this casual-classy hot spot. More...

Vincent’s Market Bistro French
12/20
3930 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85018
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Chef Vincent Guerithault’s dishes are served in a casual, gourmet marketplace setting. More...

Vogue Bistro & Bar French
13/20
Dining Room at Vogue Bistro & Bar, Surprise, AZ Marley Park Plaza
15411 W. Waddell Rd.
Surprise, AZ 85379
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A fashionable, swank, but friendly French bistro with an eclectic menu ranging from cassoulet to truffled mac ‘n’ cheese. More...


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