San Diego can be an expensive city to live in (or visit), but with a little ingenuity, eating well on a tight budget is easy, whether you crave comfort food like killer mac and cheese, or international fare, like Thai curry or Vietnamese noodles. For the most part, the best bargains are found outside of the touristy areas, but even within these enclaves, you can eat well on a modest investment. Here are 10 of our top picks for a great meal, all under $10.
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Get a tasty chargrilled burger with chips and a drink for a mere $5 during lunch at this new casual spot in Hillcrest.
This stunning dessert of coconut tapioca topped with tropical fruit and dragon fruit sorbet also happens to be gluten- and dairy-free.
Burgers loaded up with julienned beets, Edam cheese, pineapple, a fried egg, aioli, and tomato chutney can be yours at Queenstown Public House in Little Italy.
The cheeseburger at this pool-side bar and restaurant in downtown San Diego won't change your life, but the view just might.
Sure, a sandwich made from a cinnamon roll with bacon, ham, cheddar cheese, fried egg, and maple syrup sounds a bit nuts, but what's so crazy about Sea & Smoke's Cinnamon Roll Sammie is how well it all works together.
Take a look inside Juniper & Ivy, Richard Blais's new restaurant in San Diego, serving what he describes as "left-coast cookery."
Over 40 local restaurants will serve a featured burger for $5 during the first annual CityBeat San Diego Burger Week (March 7-16). Check out my top six picks for where to go.
This stylish new spot in downtown San Diego serves an awesome upscale burger that's totally worth the investment.
This time on "Grilled", we're talking burgers with J. Dean Loring, CEO & Co-Founder of Burger Lounge, a fast-causal chain with a dozen locations (eight in San Diego, four in LA).
A new pub recently opened in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter, and while the burgers are affordable, they're nothing special.
Seafood-centric restaurants that put special effort into serving a better than average burger have a special place in my fish-averse heart. Spike Africa's is one of those places.
Even if Isola Pizza Bar's Margherita pizza was average, it would probably be newsworthy for the price alone: just $5 during happy hour. But it's not average pizza; it's awesome pizza.
Salt & Cleaver's ribeye sausage burger is intense, unusual, and damn delicious.
This pie stands out for its tart and tender Michigan sour cherries nestled beneath a lattice crust that's as buttery and flaky as a shortbread cookie.
This sandwich, described as "a classic BLT with a burger kicker," comes stacked with six slices of bacon under a half-pound patty.
At 100 acres, the San Diego Zoo is a sprawling space. Here's where to fuel up before and after your visit.
The Hache Burger, a Monday-only special at Cafe Chloe, deserves to be at the top of your to-eat list.
This downtown San Diego sports bar is always packed during Padre season and Chargers games, but I've always wondered if that's because of the beer and big screens or the burgers.
Searching for a fun new spin on a white pie? Look no further than this Brussels sprout and pancetta pizza with Béchamel sauce from Cucina Urbana in San Diego.