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Phoenix Area inexpensive Restaurants

Hi, I'll be in Phoenix/Scottsdale Mid November and would like to know some restaurants that have food that is particular to the Region or good Mexican cuisine, maybe some meal that you got to have in the Phoenix area that you can't get anywhere else that are not going to be to expensive say $20.00 to $30.00 for the meal, thanks for your help.

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  1. Where in Phoenix/Scottsdale will you be staying? This is a huge city, and some places we might recommend could be a hour from where you are or more.

    1. I will be in Scottsdale staying at the Millenium Hotel.

      1. Phoenix has some great inexpensive restaurants. Having a car in these parts is pretty much a requirement, so if you have a rental, heading out to a few places will give you a chance to see the Valley (which is quite massive). That being said, here are a few suggestions for inexpensive eats:

        El Nopalito (Central Phoenix) - Very inexpensive and very authentic Mexican food. The place is in a run down strip mall, but don't let that stop you. The food is excellent and you can have a feast for under $10 per person.

        Indian Fry Bread House (Central Phoenix) - The Tohono O'odham Native American Tribe has a fantastic, but tiny, spot that serves excellent fry bread. Get one smothered with red or green chili sauce or get an Indian Taco. Also, if you have room (and you probably won't), a fry bread with cinnamon and honey is outstanding. Again, a big, stuffed fry bread and drink will cost you about $10.

        Phoenix Ranch Market Food Court (South Central Phoenix) - It is a large supermarket that caters to the Hispanic community, but the food court is wonderful. Lots of tacos, tortas, and other items that are dirt cheap. You can get a horchata and plenty to eat for under $10. Afterwards, wander around the market and watch the tortilla making.

        One other I would recommend, even though it is not regional cuisine to Phoenix metro is Sabuddy Israeli Restaurant (Scottsdale) - One of the best Middle Eastern restaurants in the Valley. Generous portions, delicious entrees, plenty of variety. I think they have the best falafel in Phoenix. On my last trip there, a friend and I had two appetizers, two entrees, and two drinks and our bill was $24.00.

        Have a great time here!

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        Phoenix Ranch Market III
        1602 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85006

        Sabuddy
        6949 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

        El Nopalito
        2831 N 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008

        Fry Bread House
        4140 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013

        4 Replies
        1. re: Seth Chadwick

          Hey Seth,
          Have you tried Yusef's for falafel? Growing up in the middle east I crave the food and I have eaten at Subuddy's many times but found Yusef's to be better. The last couple times I was at Subuddy's I thought everything seemed dry. (still better then Pita Jungle). Just wanted to get your take on Yusef's if you had eaten there. He also has a great middle eastern market and his eggplant dip is awesome. (On Cave Creek & Greenway road)

          1. re: travelchow

            Thanks for the tip. I have only heard about Yusef's, but never tried them.

            1. re: Seth Chadwick

              Let me know what you think if you get over there. He also sells his gyro meat by the 1/2lb or lb. (it's wonderful)

              1. re: travelchow

                Yusef's falafel is hit or miss. Sometimes it ranks up there with Mamoun's, and other times I would swear it came from a mall food court.

        2. You will need a car or a cab for almost anything from the Millenium.

          El Bravo (8338 N 7th St, Phoenix) is dirt cheap and has the best green corn tamales in town.

          1. If you are willing to drive to Tempe, one of my favorite cheap eats is Cornish Pasty Co.

            Billy Bob

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            Cornish Pasty Co
            960 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281