2012 Cheap Eats

We’re always excited when Cheap Eats rolls around. Mainly because we get to discover the most amazing and affordable dining options in town. Once again, we scoured the city to find over 50 of the best deals on the best meals and treats and we’re plating up all that delicious information just for you…

We’re always excited when Cheap Eats rolls around. Mainly because we get to discover the most amazing and affordable dining options in town. Once again, we scoured the city to find over 50 of the best deals on the best meals and treats and we’re plating up all that delicious information just for you. It was hard work, sure, and it involved a lot of belt-loosening, but we were happy to make the sacrifice. So, what are you waiting for? Turn the page and check out these tasty, under-$10 items that’ll leave you and your checking account full.

Moo Creamery
4885 Truxtun Ave.

Moo Creamery
Moo Creamery

If you are going to go to Moo you should come with an appetite and a tingling sweet tooth. The pastries, candies, and mouthwatering homemade ice cream will have you hooked. The charming ‘50s-style diner (with a modern twist) is quite welcoming. Moo is also known for their savory burgers, like the popular Moo Burger, but if you are in the mood for something off the beaten path, try the Chilaquiles (served all day): crisp tortilla chips sautéed in their special salsa roja, topped with Oaxacan string cheese, cotija cheese, crema, onion, avocado, and cilantro. All this is topped with two over-easy eggs (substitute eggs for chorizo, chicken, or turkey). Still, this hearty meal is only $8.50.

Cafe Crepes
1028 Truxtun Ave.

Cafe Crepes
Cafe Crepes

This place is simply amazing: a quaint, intimate cafe with big-city taste. A must-try crepe is the Chicken Pesto. It comes with diced chicken breast, roasted peppers, diced tomatoes, fresh spinach, mozzarella cheese, and a creamy pesto sauce. You can also try this as a panini. Both are $6.95. After your meal, you must treat yourself to a local favorite, the Sweet Lemon Delight Crepe, filled with tangy lemon curd and topped with blueberry sauce for only $4.95.

Luigi’s
725 E 19th St.

The long lines and large crowds are proof that something special is happening behind the front doors of this longtime Bakersfield favorite. The service is fast and friendly, which complements every meal. If you want to tickle your taste buds, try the Pasta Bolognese: tasty pasta covered in a homemade meat sauce. All pasta and bean dishes are served with antipasti, including a roll, salami, cheese, pepperoni, and marinated carrots. $8.75 for small and $9.95 for a large plate.

Casa Muñoz
1809 Potomac Ave.

Known for its delicious chile rellenos, Casa Muñoz will not disappoint your taste buds. Lunch specials with great prices will surely satisfy your growling stomach and your wallet. Prepare to ask for a to-go box when you’re ready to head back to the office, because when you order the filling Taco, Burrito, or the Enchiladas, ranging from $8- $10, you’ll fill up before you can say “yum.” Dig in to the lunch enchiladas ($7.78): shredded beef, chicken, ground beef, or chile verde smothered with enchilada sauce and melted cheese and a side of rice and beans. And it comes with a drink.

Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant
3113 Chester Ln.

Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant
Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant

Known for their traditional Vietnamese dishes, this cute family-owned restaurant not only offers great food, but delivers personable service you’ll appreciate. You can be sure to enjoy a hearty satisfying meal that won’t make your wallet scream, too. Feast on any of their tasty lunch specials for only $7-10. Get the #8 Special combination. It’s grilled shrimp, egg rolls, BBQ beef, and BBQ pork, served over a bed of vermicelli for $8.39.

Victor’s Mexican Grill
9500 Brimhall Rd.

This is a build-your-own burrito (or bowl) kind of place, which is perfect for all those picky eaters out there, like me. Customize your meal to your own taste. Start with your choice of meat: chicken, steak, shrimp, chile verde, fish (tilapia), or vegetarian. Everything else is up to you. And trust me, there are endless options here. Bowls start at $5.75 (price is dependent on choice of meat).

B Ryder’s
7401 White Ln.

This place is always packed when it comes to entertainment, but the menu almost steals the show for me. Why? Almost everything is under $10. The Grilled Chicken Sandwich is one of their most-order items. It’s seasoned and grilled chicken, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and it comes with a generous portion of fries for only $8.99. The Supreme Carne Asada Nachos are a showstopper. Crispy tortilla chips topped with carne asada, nacho cheese, diced tomatoes, jalapeno, onions, and a side of guacamole and sour cream… all for a low $9.99.

Mama Roomba
1814 Eye St.

Mama Roomba Corn and Cheese Empanadas
Mama Roomba Corn and Cheese Empanadas

This cozy downtown favorite will never disappoint. The colorful and traditional decorations are welcoming and the delicious food will earn Mama Roomba a permanent spot in your favorite restaurants in town. I can personally vouch for the Sweet Potato Fries paired with the Spicy Habanero Ketchup as some of the best in town. For something more filling, sample the Chicken Paillard or the filling Empanadas, both for just $7 each.

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