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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 LoveMaricopa County, Phoenix
2. Ted's Hot Dogs1755 E Broadway Rd, Tempe
3. Queso Good, Phoenix
4. Brat Haüs3622 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale
5. Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles1220 S Central Ave, Phoenix
6. The Great Pho King Food Truck, Phoenix
7. Born & Glazed3213 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale
8. Fate Brewing Company7337 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale
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.
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).
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.
This spot is a classic beer garden, with 28 craft beers on tap and a menu featuring pretzels, burgers, and of course brats.
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.
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.
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.
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.