2012 Cheap Eats

Café India
3017 Wilson Rd.

If you are in the mood for some delicious traditional Indian cuisine, Café India is the right spot for you. The great thing about this place is the affordable lunch buffet (from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. seven days a week)—it’s only $7.95. I love this style of dining—it’s perfect for when you don’t know what you’re in the mood for or you simply want to sample a little bit of everything. And you’ll want to at this exceptional Indian restaurant.

The Aviator Casino
1225 Airport Dr.

The Aviator Casino is not just a great place to have a good time, make a little scratch, and meet new friends, but this place has a kitchen that is truly exceptional. The menu is crafted to please any palate, including traditional pasta dishes, steaks, burgers, and salads. The choices are nearly endless. Sampling the Mini Angus Sliders are a must for any meat or beef lover and a bargain at only $7. You get a trio of mini Angus burgers topped with caramelized onions, lettuce, and the melted cheese of your choice.

Lorene’s Coffee Shop
6401 Ming Ave.

With 2 great locations in town, Lorene’s is closer by no matter what side of town you are in. Friendly staff and appetizing food make this a great breakfast and lunch spot. The pancakes are big and fluffy and the country style potatoes are perfectly cooked. But locals rave about the omelettes. Sink your teeth into the California Omelette for just $8.69. It comes with perfectly seasoned eggs mixed with fresh avocado, bacon, and Swiss cheese. Not to mention your choice of home-fried potatoes or hashbrowns!

Frugatti’s
600 Coffee Rd.

Frugatti’s is the real deal when it comes to Italian favorites. The homemade lasagna is truly a specialty you must try, and their daily lunch specials won’t break the bank. For just $9.99, you can try the soup, salad, and soda. What more could you ask for? A hefty plate of the house salad and a bowl of minestrone or clam chowder, along with a soda or tea, is just the ticket.

Firehouse
7701 White Ln.

This is the perfect place to stop by with some friends, have dinner, enjoy a drink, and play some pool…even if you’re on a budget. If you’re looking for something filling, I suggest the new Chief Pastrami Sandwich for $8.99. You’ll be biting into thinly-sliced pastrami piled high on a hoagie roll served with grain mustard. And you get a hefty side of fries with that, and a dill pickle.

The Nines Grilled skirt steak on toasted ciabatta, covered in Swiss cheese and Portobello mushrooms.
The Nines Grilled skirt steak on toasted ciabatta, covered in Swiss cheese and Portobello mushrooms.

The Nines
801 Truxtun Ave.

At The Nines, you get the 5-star restaurant, the 5-star treatment, and the 5-star food…without the 5-star price. Everything is easily affordable and the great lunch specials will keep you coming back day after day. You will be pleasantly surprised to see that almost all of the items on the lunch menu are under $10, too. The sandwiches are delicious and full of flavor and the tasty salads are very fresh. For only $9, enjoy the Skirt Steak Dip, a grilled skirt steak on toasted ciabatta, covered in Swiss cheese and Portobello mushrooms, with a side of French jus, and served with a side of fries.

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