Good Eats for Budget-Types

Although I know there is no shortage of delicious, “authentic” food in Phoenix, I have to admit that my two favorite restaurants are chains. I like to keep to a budget and the presence of a server typically raises a dinner bill by $3-5, so I prefer to go to places without a tip expectation.

That said, my two favorite Valley eateries (without servers) are Pei Wei and Chipotle. At both places you can watch your food be cooked and prepared, which is comforting for faster food, and the people working there are always friendly and helpful. The price is great for the portions you get and I never leave feeling hungry…or disappointed.

2 Comments so far

  1. Ray (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2005 @ 3:10 pm

    For a bargin lunch that is also tasty, you have to try Barrows. They have a lunch special, 2 slices of pizza (big slices) and a 20 oz drink for $3.50 or $3.75 depending on the location. They are all over the east valley.

    Someburros is another favorite, 3 locations.

  2. Brian (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2005 @ 5:05 pm

    I gotta second Ray’s Barro’s suggestion. I found out about it about a year ago and have now hit almos every east valley location they have. I usually become a regualr at the closest one to whatever jobsite I am at. My last project was in Sedona for two months, and it was so hard to go without Barro’s . I went into a Picazzo’s because they advertized slices on there window and ended up paing about $8 for two slices and no beverage! I am so glad to be back in the valley so I can stop by Barro’s once or twice a week! On a side note, many of the Barro’s I have visited have a knack for finding atractive counter girls with GREAT personalities! When I left my Power Ranch project in February, the countergirl at the Power Road Barro’s said she was gonna miss me and gave me my last two slices and large soda ($4.00 if you get em’ with the large soda)on the house! Gotta love places that still have good customer service!

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