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Best San Diego 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 San Diego.

Adam's Steak & Eggs Breakfast
11/20
Travelodge Hotel
1201 Hotel Circle South
San Diego, CA 92108
Menu
Hearty breakfasts and old-school service since 1962. More...

Aunt Emma's Pancakes Coffee Shop
11/20
700 E. St.
Chula Vista, CA 91910
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Breakfast and American fare diner-style since 1959. More...

Beach Grass Cafe Contemporary
12/20
Plaza 101
159 S. Hwy. 101
Solana Beach, CA 92075

This Solana Beach café serves up breakfast all day and appealing lunches. More...

Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria Pizza
14/20
Dining Room at Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria, Encinitas, CA The Lumberyard
897 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Ste. 102
Encinitas, CA 92024
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Locals pack this cozy wood-fired pizza place in Encinitas. More...

Bread & Cie Bakery
Quick Bite
350 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
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Artisanal breads, fresh pastries, and bistro fare for breakfast and lunch. More...

The Broken Yolk Cafe Coffee Shop
10/20
1851 Garnet Ave.
San Diego, CA 92109
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Hearty breakfasts are served all day, or enjoy causal lunch fare like street tacos, salads and burgers. More...

The Burger Lounge Burgers
Quick Bite
Dining Room at The Burger Lounge, San Diego, CA 4116 Adams Ave.
San Diego, CA 92116
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Multi-location eatery with a groovy setting for casual grass-fed burgers, fries and shakes. More...

China Wokery Chinese
10/20
Old California Restaurant Row
1020 W. San Marcos Blvd.
San Marcos, CA 92069
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Dependable and satisfying Chinese food with friendly service in San Marcos. More...

Claire's on Cedros Café
12/20
Dining Room at Claire 246 N. Cedros Ave.
Solana Beach, CA 92075
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Solana Beach spot for farm-fresh fare and house-made pastries in a quaint cottage. More...

Come On In! American
11/20
1030 Torrey Pines Rd., Ste. B
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Bakery and friendly neighborhood breakfast and lunch spot in La Jolla. More...

Corvette Diner & Gamers Garage American
11/20
2965 Historic Decatur Rd.
San Diego, CA 92106
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A 1950s-style diner with all the trimmings like neon, jukeboxes, Corvettes, singing waitresses, shakes, burgers and fries. More...

The Counter Burgers
12/20
1923 Calle Barcelona
Carlsbad, CA 92009
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Hamburger joint with gourmet fixin's galore. More...

Cucina Urbana Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Cucina Urbana, San Diego, CA 505 Laurel St.
San Diego, CA 92101
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This bustling spot in Bankers Hill serves up Italian-American fare and affordable wine in an artsy setting. More...

Don Chuy Mexican
11/20
650 Valley Ave.
Solana Beach, CA 92075
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Authentic eatery on Solana Beach's historic Mexican restaurant row. More...

El Callejon Mexican
13/20
345 First St.
Encinitas, CA 92024
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North County Mexican restaurant features fresh-made sauces, house-crafted tortillas and a festive, convivial atmosphere. More...

Fidel's Mexican
10/20
Dining Room at Fidel 607 Valley Ave.
Solana Beach, CA 92075
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The Montanez family brings authentic Mexican to Solana Beach in the Hacienda-style restaurant. More...

Filippi's Pizza Grotto Italian
11/20
1747 India St.
San Diego, CA 92101
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Family-owned pizza parlor that's been serving San Diego for more than 50 years. More...

Fugu's Sushi & Wok Japanese
12/20
915 Pearl St.
La Jolla, CA 92037
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La Jolla favorite for a blend of Japanese, Chinese and Korean barbecue cuisine since 1988. More...

Hash House A Go Go American
12/20
3628 Fifth Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
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Think big. That's our advice for those en route to Hillcrest's lively Hash House A Go Go. More...

The Incredible Cafe American
10/20
11828 Rancho Bernardo Rd.
San Diego, CA 92128

Breakfast all day and burgers, salads and sandwiches for lunch. More...

Kansas City Barbeque Barbecue
12/20
600 W. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
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High-energy rib joint worthy of a visit for good barbecue. More...

Kim's Restaurant Vietnamese
11/20
The Lumberyard Center
745 South Coast Hwy. 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

Real-deal Vietnamese fare in North County. More...

Krakatoa American
12/20
1128 25th St.
San Diego, CA 92102
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Coffeehouse and gourmet café in Golden Hill. More...

Lean & Green Cafe Healthy
No Rating
7825 Fay Ave., Ste. 180
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Create your own salads and wraps, or just enjoy the smoothies and juices, at this eco-friendly organic restaurant. More...

Leucadia Pizzeria Pizza
10/20
315 S. Coast Hwy. 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
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Pizza, salads, subs and gourmet desserts in Encinitas by Moonlight Beach. More...

Lockwood Table Cafe Healthy
11/20
346B S. Cedros Ave.
Solana Beach, CA 92075
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Casual healthy fare in Solana Beach's savvy design district. More...

Lotus Cafe & Juice Bar Vegetarian
Quick Bite
The Lumberyard
765 S. Coast Hwy. 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
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Extensive menu of fresh, healthy eats in Encinitas. More...

Mariscos Ensenada Mexican
12/20
1405 El Camino Real
Oceanside, CA 92054

One of Oceanside’s best casual eateries for authentic Mexican seafood. More...

Mary Pappas’ Athens Market Taverna Greek
11/20
109 W. F St.
San Diego, CA 92101
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Authentic Greek fare from a third-generation restaurateur. More...

Naked Cafe Healthy
12/20
106 S. Sierra Ave.
Solana Beach, CA 92075
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Healthy, flavorful eats in a hip neighborhood café overlooking Fletcher Cove Park and the ocean in Solana Beach. More...

O'Brothers Burgers
Quick Bite
Dining Room at O Horton Plaza
188 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
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This casual yet stylish eatery is a must-go-to downtown spot for organic burgers. More...

Old Venice Italian
13/20
2910 Cañon St.
San Diego, CA 92106
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Enjoy Mediterranean cuisine, al fresco dining and a romantic setting at this Point Loma destination. More...

Pizza Nova Pizza
11/20
3955 Fifth Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
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A family favorite that has been serving wood-fired pizzas, hearty pastas and loaded salads since 1990. More...

The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza Pizza
13/20
1706 S. Coast Hwy.
Oceanside, CA 92054

Neighborhood favorite for coal-fired, thin-crust pizza, farm fresh appetizers and craft beers in Oceanside. More...

Quality Social American
13/20
Dining Room at Quality Social, San Diego, CA 789 Sixth Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
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Bar food taken to gourmet heights in an energetic downtown setting. More...

Rimel's Rotisserie California
13/20
Dining Room at Rimel 2005 San Elijo Ave.
Cardiff, CA 92007
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Rimel's serves up artisan meats, along with fresh salads, rice bowls and impressive homemade sauces. More...

San Diego Chicken Pie Shop American
10/20
2633 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92104
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The name says it all: inexpensive and cheerful comfort food in the form of chicken and turkey potpies. More...

Swami's Cafe Healthy
Quick Bite
1163 South Coast Hwy. 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
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Encinitas eatery for healthy fare, breakfast all day and a serious juice bar. More...

Taverna Blu Greek
13/20
Del Mar Highlands Town Center
12873 El Camino Real, Ste. M-1
San Diego, CA 92130

Casual neighborhood eatery with good, affordable Greek food. More...

Tender Greens Healthy
Quick Bite
2400 Historic Decatur Rd., Ste. 104
San Diego, CA 92106

Eco-conscious eats for healthy take-out or quick bites in Point Loma. More...

Tony's Jacal Mexican
12/20
621 Valley Ave.
Solana Beach, CA 92075
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Fourth generation, family-run Mexican restaurant known for its turkey tacos. More...


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