10 Best Places to Eat Well in Phoenix On a Budget

Best value restaurants in Phoenix deliver uncompromising flavor and consistently high quality without breaking the bank.

If you want excellent, fresh fare and sophisticated ambiance, Pita Jungle delivers both in spades. This regional chain a favorite with health-conscious foodies seeking great flavor and fresh ingredients with a Mediterranean flair.

La Santisima Gourmet Taco Shop in central Phoenix proves you don't have to be well-heeled to eat well. This small, artsy Mexican cafe serves a colorful menu of authentic Mexican tacos, quesadillas, burritos and plates. Don't miss the salsa bar, which is a meal unto itself.

For down-home Mexican home cooking that is perfect for take-out, don't miss Carolina's Mexican Food. This long-time favorite is busy from open to close. One taste of the restaurant's creamy beans and pillowy, homemade tortillas and you'll know why.

Craving a delicious burger? Rocket's Burger & Subs delivers a long menu of specialty burgers and subs, for less than you would spend on a gourmet cup of coffee.

Finally, if you want cozy wine bar ambiance without having to spring for a huge tab, Postino is your cup of tea. This charming wine cafe offers a delicious selection of appetizers, small plates and fine wines at budget-friendly prices. 

La Santisima Gourmet Taco Shop - formerly known as La Condesa - is not your run-of-the-mill taco shop. Here you'll find fresh produce sourced from local farms and combined with the unique and traditional flavors of Mexico: bright green...  Read More

What this tiny traditional diner lacks in square footage, it more than makes up in style and heart. The vintage diner ambiance and modern American menu of comfort food classics has made Welcome Diner a downtown favorite. The food menu includes...  Read More

Adapted from what used to be a neighborhood post office, this trendy wine bar is awash in candlelight, earthy colors, and dark wood furniture. It's also distinguished by a glass garage door that blurs interior and exterior space when the weather...  Read More

Tacos Kissi is what you might consider a hole-in-the-wall, a modest-looking mid-town eatery specializing in classic Mexican street tacos like carne asada, al pastor and pollo asado. You'll also find a wide variety of burritos, along with an...  Read More

Savor the joys of an authentic Cornish pasty (pronounced pass-tee) without even having to jet off across the pond. The Cornish pasty is a traditional English comfort food featuring a variety of meats, veggies and cheeses, all stuffed into a...  Read More

Goodfellas Grill offers an enticing menu of Mediterranean and Greek favorites. Fresh ingredients and great execution results in above-average menu items, such as the kafta, two skewers of seasoned ground beef, charbroiled and served with rice,...  Read More

This classic hamburger shop features made to order burgers made with fresh, never frozen, 100% angus beef patties. Burgers come in singles, doubles, or if you're really hungry, the signature rocket size burger, a 12 inch sub role stuffed with...  Read More

This regional chain is a favorite with local foodies and health-conscious enthusiasts. The large, eclectic menu features wraps, salads, burgers, wood fired pizzas, and several delectable sides, as well as a small but very satisfying dessert...  Read More

This South Phoenix institution has been dishing out some of the best home-style Mexican food for decades. Don't be fooled by the humble exterior and lackluster dining area: the food is hot, tasty, and top-notch. Tacos, burros, flautas,...  Read More

This neighborhood pizza joint has been serving up gooey pizza delights, fresh subs, salads, calzones and wings, salads and classic Italian entrees since 1999. The pizza menu includes unique specialty pies featuring the freshest meats and...  Read More


Meet Patricia Escarcega

Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.

She received her MFA in Creative...  More About Patricia

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