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.

For a nice breakfast or lunch in central Phoenix, check out Duza's Kitchen in the historic central Phoenix neighborhood of Coronado. The menu features surprisingly refined takes on breakfast and lunch staples, and the ambiance is friendly and cozy. 

If you want fresh fare without paying a bundle, Pita Jungle delivers both in spades. This regional chain a favorite with health-conscious diners seeking flavor and fresh ingredients with a Mediterranean flair.

Tacos Chiwas in central Phoenix proves you don't have to be well-heeled to eat well. This small, Chihuahua-inspired Mexican restaurant has become a local favorite for its well-crafted tacos, gorditas and other fare.

For down-home Mexican home cooking that was made for take-out, there's Carolina's Mexican Food. This long-time favorite is busy from open to close. One taste of the restaurant's popular machaca, beans and pillowy, homemade tortillas and you'll know why.

Finally, if you want stylish ambiance without having to spring for a huge tab, The Dressing Room in Roosevelt Row might be your cup of tea. This neighborhood spot offers a delicious selection of casual fare – think gourmet burgers, tacos and salads – at budget-friendly prices. 




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




Chris Bianco, the well-known chef and restaurateur, started Pane Bianco as an offshoot of Pizzeria Bianco, the award-winning Phoenix pizzeria that gained him national attention. Pane Bianco is a tiny sandwich shop with an even smaller menu. The...  Read More




Since its debut in the spring of 2016, Tacos Chiwas has become the darling of the local Phoenix Mexican food scene. You can thank the restaurant's tight, focused menu, which specializes in the soulful cooking of the northern Mexican state of...  Read More




There are a lot of places to find good Mexican food in Phoenix, but Ta'carbon is a Mexican grill that stands out with a menu full of mouth-watering grilled meats. You'll find an infinite assortment of tacos, burritos, and plates, including carne...  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 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 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




The Living Room is a relatively new addition to downtown Phoenix's Roosevelt Row food scene, but don't be fooled by its limited square footage. This "micro-restaurant" features a small but satisfying menu that's described as "food from streets,...  Read More




Duza's Kitchen is a small breakfast and lunch spot that's tucked away in a section of a repurposed home in the historic Coronado neighborhood of central Phoenix. It's a lovely spot, full of wooden tables, fresh flowers on the tables and local...  Read More


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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.

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