Best Cheap Eats Cheap and cheerful eats for when you want delicious food on a budget.
Don’t let the cheap prices fool you, the food here tastes amazing.The Kebab Shop uses fresh ingredients (including those spinning cones of meat) to create one-of-a-kind wraps and plates perfect for feasting. New to the Mediterranean craze? Pro-tip: Try the fan-favorite Döner Kebab and fries.
Both the state motto of California and Greek for “the joy of finding something,” Eureka! lives up to its name. This New American eatery prides itself on serving up a variety of top-notch fare including gourmet burgers, fresh salads, truffle cheese fries, and mouth-watering crispy, glazed brussel sprouts. They also have a unique selection of IPAs and wines, so add it to your list of go-to happy hour spots.
Cozy and always packed, the Broken Yolk Cafe is a Southern California favorite for a reason. No matter which location you visit, you’re bound to feel like you just came home (you might even be tempted to kick off your shoes and prop your feet up). Their super-sized meals are grandma-approved and guaranteed to “put some meat on your bones.” A superb option for brunch, but they also knock lunch out of the park.
Don Roman’s close proximity to SDSU and late hours make this taco joint a college student staple. Their menu is expansive, covering everything from tacos and burritos to fries and veggie bowls. Whether you’ve got the late-night munchies or need some fuel to power you through an all-night study sesh, they’ve got you covered with mexican eats at a low cost.
Churning out delicious ‘za and pasta since 1955, Lido’s has been family-owned-and-operated since the dawn of time. Over the years, they’ve perfected cheap Italian plates (and the locals know it—so make sure to get there early). But don’t worry if you end up having to wait, their cozy bar can help you pass the time. Just don’t ask for the recipe for their house dressing, it’s a family secret!
Comfort Food For The Soul Cozy favorites for when you need a hug in the form of a meal.
Touted as one of the best Thai spots in San Diego, Supannee’s House of Thai serves up authentic dishes made with all the love. Their dedicated gardens provide fresh ingredients and the chef even hand-selects the seafood, catapulting this farm-to-table Thai restaurant into a league of its own. Come back every season to take advantage of a rotating menu of local fish, and experience the tastes of Thailand in the comfort of your own backyard.
Everyone knows the best food comes from the most unexpected places, and El Rodeo fits the bill. This hole-in-the-wall taco shop serves up big portions at a low price. Don’t miss out on Taco Tuesday specials, which always draw a serious crowd. Not convinced? We’ll let the reviews speak for themselves: “This place is bomb!”
An unassuming restaurant that proves looks may be deceiving, Ly Heng saves its pizazz for the food. Their Southeast Asian dishes are influenced by Cambodian and Chinese traditions, meaning you can get your pho and porridge fix all at once. Start your feast with the salt and pepper calamari, trust.
Your new coworker wants to know the local restaurants worth visiting during their precious lunch break, so you suggest La Moon Thai. Suddenly, you’re known around the office as a “foodie.” Recognized for their afternoon specials, spicy noodles, and unique desserts (fried banana bites, anyone?), La Moon is a must for Thai food at an affordable price.
Study Session Snacks Treats for when you need something to reward yourself with while you’re up late cramming (again).
This family-owned smoothie bar, health-food store, and grocer (all in one, yes) is a busy college students BFF. Their acai-bowls are fresh and prove to be the ultimate subject for your next insta post, helping you stave off the Freshman 15 while keeping you moving from class to class. A guilt-free option for late-night snacking, Samba Market is a health nut’s on-demand fave.
When the late-night (or anytime) cravings hit, Cold Stone will help you indulge yourself with a decadence delight. If you aren’t quite sure what to order, we back the Dawn of Justice. But really, you can’t go wrong with any type of ice cream this delicious.
Home of down and dirty bar food, excellent wings, and a mixed drink aptly named “The Walk Of Shame,” this place is often packed with college students ready to chow down and keep the party going. With daily specials, all-day happy hours, and no kids allowed after 10 p.m., Dirty Birds is the ultimate hangout.
Cheba Hut specializes in toasted subs that are out of this world, guaranteed to hit the spot—no matter what type of munchies you have. Fill your belly with a variety of stacked sandwiches, and make it blunt-sized (yes, they actually call it that) if you are feeling particularly hungry. Got a case of cottonmouth? Quench your thirst with a variety of drinks including craft beer on-tap and prepare yourself for a superbly strange dining experience.