2012 Cheap Eats

Bagels & Blenderz
8200 Stockdale Hwy.

Don’t let the name fool you: you don’t just come here for a boring ol’ bagel. This fantastic addition to great local restaurants is the place to go if you are in the mood for anything comforting and delicious. Not only do they whip up some pretty scrumptious bagels, you can also enjoy a fruit smoothie, a hearty sandwich or panini, salads, pastries, and so much more. And everything is homemade. They don’t do frozen at this place. If you are stopping by for breakfast, try the Bagel Benedict. They start with a fresh bagel, Canadian bacon, eggs, and it’s topped with hollandaise sauce. It comes with a side of fresh fruit for just $5.99.

Mill Creek Deli
700 18th St.

Don’t mistake this for your typical sandwich and a soda kind of deli. Mill Creek offers a great mix of Basque- and Italian-inspired dishes. They serve the traditional Basque setup as well as delectable options like the homemade Lasagna, the Meatloaf Sandwich, and they also serve up a great Muffuletta sandwich for just $6.75.

Flame & Skewers
Multiple Locations

Flame & Skewers has managed to meld the perfect flavors and spices from the Mediterranean with the California palate. The generous portions here will have you loosening your belt a notch or two, but since you got such a great deal, you’ll walk out happier than a clam. Feast on a Chicken Kebab, tender roasted chicken topped with grilled onions and tomatoes and a special sauce for only $5.59! If you made room for dessert, try their famous homemade Baklava for just $1.99.

24th St. Café
1415 24th St.

If you have not been to 24th St. Café for a filling breakfast, you’ve been missing out. Their fluffy pancakes with fresh strawberries will melt in your mouth. But if you are stopping by for a quick and tasty lunch you won’t be disappointed with the selection of great dishes that your wallet will like, too. Try the Chicken Piccata Sandwich with fried greens, mushrooms, capers, and melted jack cheese all for an affordable $8.50. Open for breakfast and lunch only.

Sugar Twist Sprinkled or covered with bacon? IT'S TIME TO MEET THE "BACOnATOR" DONUT.
Sugar Twist Sprinkled or covered with bacon? IT’S TIME TO MEET THE “BACOnATOR” DONUT.

Sugar Twist
9500 Brimhall Rd., Ste 507

Whether you’re going in for a treat in the morning or a midday snack, let’s face it, you’re going in with one thing in mind: the sweets. Sweet baked goods, that is. The donuts, alone, are a tasty art form. Stop by for a twisted donut like the Oreo Dip, Loopy Fruits, or the Bunch O’crunch. Your pick for a sweet $2.45. Another popular donut is the Baconator, the preferred donut for all bacon lovers (just $2.95). Pair it with a hot chocolate for about $2.00 more.

Tony’s Pizza
Multiple Locations

Tony’s is said to have some of the best pizza in town and I can personally vouch for that. The fresh ingredients and the magically-delicious crust will make you fall in love with this establishment. An all-time favorite is the amazing Chile Verde Pizza (available by the slice Monday & Tuesday for only $2.75). This is the kind of pizza that will definitely make you a Tony’s regular. If you are in the mood for something other than pizza, try the finger-licking-good wings. An 8-piece is $6.25. You can also get a small order of rib-tips for about the same price.

Chalet Basque
200 Oak St.

Chalet Basque has the Basque flavors you’ve been craving plus some new ones you haven’t tried yet. Of course, they’ve got a great deal on the Basque set up with all the fixin’s, including vegetable soup, salad, fries, beans, and more (for just $8.95), but I urge you to order the Supreme Chicken where you’ll be treated to wonderfully seasoned and cooked boneless chicken breasts with Swiss cheese, bell peppers, onion, and mushrooms for $8.95.

Muertos Kitchen Cheese steak: carne asada with grilled onions & bell peppers.
Muertos Kitchen Cheese steak: carne asada with grilled onions & bell peppers.

Anita’s Mexican Grill
4240 California Ave.

Not just a Mexican restaurant, Anita’s offers a fusion of Mexican and Salvadorian dishes. You can sit and enjoy a great meal in their newly-remodeled dining room filled with bright colors and decorative folk art. If you are looking for a healthy and filling meal, try the popular Muscle Burrito. It comes with grilled chicken breast, black beans, fresh greens, and it’s wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla for just $7. Be sure to stop in for Taco Tuesday, when they have great drink and food specials.

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