Food & Drink

The 15 Best Things to Eat in Phoenix for $5 or Less

Published On 08/10/2015 Published On 08/10/2015
Courtesy of My Pie Pizza

Here in Phoenix, we love a great deal of good foods, and we also love a great deal period. Combine the two, and you have a city with some spectacular meals for next to no money. Want your own personal pie for five bucks? How about crab wontons for three bills? Tacos for two? You got it. 

My Pie Pizza

Paradise Valley, Tempe
What you're getting: One of the Classic Pies, $5
Mondays suck, and apparently My Pie knows this. On the first day of the workweek, you can get an 11in classic pie, like The New York, Grandma’s Pie, or Mr. White with garlic, evoo, and four cheeses for $5.

Zipps Sports Grill

Multiple locations
What you're getting: Taco Four Pack, $4
We’ve never come across a taco we didn’t like. Taco Tuesday happens from 8pm to close, every Tuesday.

Courtesy of Bootleggers


Phoenix and Scottsdale
What you're getting: Boot Dumplings, $5
Every day from 3-6pm, something magical happens at Bootleggers. It’s called happy hour. And the folks from the Phoenix smokehouse certainly know how to make us happy, offering up eats like the Boot Dumplings with pork belly, shrimp, and a mango chipotle sauce. You can get your whiskey for just five bills here, too.

Waffle Love

What you're getting: Churro Waffle, $5
Cinnamon sugar and ice cream on top of a waffle wedge? Um, hell yes. Waffle Love’s take on the classic churro is as modestly priced as it is delicious.

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Ted’s Hot Dogs

What you're getting: Bacon & mac dog, $4.78
Thank you, Ted’s Hot Dogs, for putting mac ‘n' cheese on a hot dog. The New York-based dog joint even cooks its sausages over a hardwood charcoal fire. And for that, we are eternally grateful.

Queso Good

What you're getting: Cheese quesadilla, $5
Cheese lovers, this one’s for you. You can get a 13in cheese quesadilla for $5. Choose from cheddar, pepper jack, mozzarella, or tres queso. Your ‘dilla comes with corn chips and salsa fresca.

Courtesy of Brat Haus

Brat Haus

What you're getting: Fried pickles, $5
This Southern lunchtime favorite has come to the Southwest, and Scottsdale’s Brat Haus is slinging fried pickles with hush-hush sauce or a side of ranch for just five bucks.

O.H.S.O Brewery

Various locations
What you're getting: Crab wontons, $3
Monday through Friday, from 3-6pm, you can indulge in happy hour specials, including the crab wontons for just three bucks at O.H.S.O.

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El Hefe

Tempe, Scottsdale
What you're getting: Tacos, $2
Taco Tuesday? More like Taco Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday... you get the gist. Get tacos for just two bucks every day of the workweek from 3-7pm at Hefe’s happy hour.

Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles

What you're getting: Kiss My Grits Breakfast, $5
Phoenix’s favorite soul food joint offers breakfast all day, but it only offers this special until 11am. So get your ass out of bed and order the Kiss My Grits Breakfast, it’s only $5 for two slices of bacon, two eggs, and your pick of toast or biscuit.

Courtesy of Sauce Pizza and Wine

Sauce Pizza and Wine

Multiple locations
What you're getting: Mac ‘n' cheese, $4
The Italian eatery may be known for its pizza and wines, but word on the street is that the mac ‘n' cheese is a must-try. See/taste for yourself.

The Great Pho King Food Truck

What you're getting: Chicken and veggie pot stickers, $5
For the best Asian fusion on wheels, and on the cheap, track down Phoenix’s elusive Pho King food truck. The chicken and veggie pot stickers are steamed, grilled, and served with carrots, green onion, and your choice of sauce. You get six pot stickers for five bucks.

Courtesy of Born & Glazed

Born & Glazed

What you're getting: Donut, $1.75
Donuts are always $1.75 here. And, donuts are always a good idea. Especially the maple bacon, made with Grade A Vermont maple syrup and topped with smoked bacon.

Fate Brewing Company

What you're getting: Toasted mozz, $5.00
The beer aficionados at Fate take two bucks off all snacks on the menu during happy hour, Monday through Friday, from 3-6pm. So instead of paying $7, you can get toasted mozz, wood-fired sandwiches made with, you guessed it, fresh mozz, and roasted tomatoes for just $5. And it’s served with a side of pesto.

America's Taco Shop

America’s Taco Shop

Various locations
What you're getting: Al pastor taco, $2.39
Corn tortilla, cabbage, citrus-marinated pork, fresh pineapple, cilantro, and guacamole collide to make America’s al pastor taco. And no, the guac is NOT extra. Suck it, Chipotle-lovers.

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1. Waffle Love Maricopa County, Phoenix, AZ

Once you track down this truck, your sweet tooth will thank you. A selection of favorite waffle combos along with a more a la carte option make this a great place to get the sort of meal that tastes like dessert, but will fill you like dinner.

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2. Ted's Hot Dogs 1755 E Broadway Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282

This New York-based chain does two very important things with their hot dogs: 1) Cook them over a hardwood charcoal fire and 2) Top them with things like mac 'n' cheese & bacon. Order one with sides of fries, cheese fries, or onion rings (or even more mac 'n' cheese -- no judgement).

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3. Queso Good , Phoenix, AZ 85043

All your cheesy prayers have been answered -- literally. Everything you order at this food truck will come loaded with cheese, whatever else you ask for, and with a side of chips and salsa fresca.

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4. Brat Haüs 3622 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (Old Town Scottsdale)

This spot is a classic beer garden, with 28 craft beers on tap and a menu featuring pretzels, burgers, and of course brats.

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5. Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles 1220 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

The most authentic Southern fare in Arizona, Lo-Lo's devoted followers claim it can stand up alongside its Harlem and LA brethren any day... and they're right. The namesake Belgian bird combo is enormous and exquisite, and goes the extra mile by piling on grits, greens, and other fixins on top of the already indulgent pile of euphoria.

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6. The Great Pho King Food Truck , Phoenix, AZ

Pho King's brief menu covers stir fry, pho, bahn mi, dumplings, tacos, a grilled cheese, and an Asian fusion cheese steak. It's some of the best fusion eats available, so we'd recommend tracking them down.

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7. Born & Glazed 3213 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (Old Town Scottsdale)

Have you ever said no to a donut? And if you have, have you ever said no to a coffee? If you answered to 'no' to either or both of those questions, pay a visit to Born & Glazed for the donut & coffee of your dreams.

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8. Fate Brewing Company 7337 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (Phoenix)

This brewpub is making small-batch craft beers and pairing them with way-better-than-average bar snacks, like wood-fired pizzas. Pizza and beer is a classic combo, and they're doing it right.



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