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Nine New Cheap Eats Spots to Try in San Diego Right Now

The latest wallet-friendly food to hit the streets.

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From tacos to Thai to Greek and grilled cheese, here are a few new-to-San Diego spots to try that won't break the bank; there's a little something for everyone, and you could probably magic up a meal from the change between your couch cushions. On with Cheap Eats Week.

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1. SALUD!

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2196 Logan Avenue
San Diego, CA 92113
One of the newer local taco options, this Barrio Logan eatery is the brick-and-mortar extension of a popular taco catering company. The fresh and tasty street tacos are normally only $2.50 each, but on Taco Tuesday, score three tacos for just $5; don't miss the housemade salsas.

2. Thai Papaya

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2405 Ulric Street
San Diego, CA 92111
Sab E Lee is still bringing the heat with this spinoff eatery, which slotted into the Thai restaurant's original space in April. The menu has a few holdovers, including house curries, but the stars here are soul-satisfying noodles soups and tongue-searing versions of papaya salad.

3. Homestyle Hawaiian

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3445 Midway Dr
San Diego, CA 92110
With locations in Chula Vista and near Mesa College, this eatery recently opened a third outpost in the Sports Arena area that serves the same hearty Hawaiian menu. Plate lunches start at $7 and include steamed rice and macaroni salad; don't miss the panko-crusted chicken thighs, Kahlua pig or fried Korean chicken. [Photo via Yelp]

4. Artisan Bento

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2505 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(616) 231-0700
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Fast-casual cuisine gets a fresh and healthy Japanese twist at this Bankers Hill eatery from the owners of Azuki Sushi. For under $10, add a protein (from chicken skewers to ginger pork) to a bento box, rice bowl, salad or cold ramen bowl combo that also includes miso soup.

5. Zgara Greek Grill

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1730 Garnet Avenue
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 272-2600
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Replacing a cheesesteak shop in Pacific Beach strip mall, this family-run grill is making its menu from scratch daily, from marinated pork and chicken gyro sliced from a vertical spit sandwiches and platters to Greek sausages, ground beef and lamb kebabs and more.

6. Himalayan Dine Inn

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1010 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown's food options get more global with this new no-frills Nepali and Indian sit-down spot from the owners of Grossmont Center's India Express. A $6.95 lunch special includes rice and two choices of curry; they also offer 10% off the entire menu between 3 and 5 p.m. daily. Check out their version of momo, which are delectable Himalayan dumplings.

7. Kula Revolving Sushi Bar

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4609 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 715-4605
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It's not special occasion sushi, but the nigiri, roll and handroll plates at this fun, interactive conveyor belt sushi spot are fresh thanks to high turnover and only $2.25 each.

8. Amorcito Corazón Mexican Bistro

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3442 30th Street
San Diego, CA 92104
Holding its on on 30th Street, where it replace Veg-N-Out, Amorcito offers a help-yourself chips and salsa bar and a menu over over-stuffed tacos and burritos. Venture off the beaten path and try the meaty cochinita pibil and lengua Verecruzana or the veg-friendly nopales and rajas con crema.

9. Park & Rec

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4612 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92116
Royale with Cheese, the mobile food cart-turned-food stand that's currently fueling Park & Rec's new University Heights playground, is doing tasty turns on grilled cheese with baskets of tater tots, plus breakfast sandwiches during weekend boozy brunch. Nothing on the menu is over $10.

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1. SALUD!

2196 Logan Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113
One of the newer local taco options, this Barrio Logan eatery is the brick-and-mortar extension of a popular taco catering company. The fresh and tasty street tacos are normally only $2.50 each, but on Taco Tuesday, score three tacos for just $5; don't miss the housemade salsas.
2196 Logan Avenue
San Diego, CA 92113

2. Thai Papaya

2405 Ulric Street, San Diego, CA 92111
Sab E Lee is still bringing the heat with this spinoff eatery, which slotted into the Thai restaurant's original space in April. The menu has a few holdovers, including house curries, but the stars here are soul-satisfying noodles soups and tongue-searing versions of papaya salad.
2405 Ulric Street
San Diego, CA 92111

3. Homestyle Hawaiian

3445 Midway Dr, San Diego, CA 92110
With locations in Chula Vista and near Mesa College, this eatery recently opened a third outpost in the Sports Arena area that serves the same hearty Hawaiian menu. Plate lunches start at $7 and include steamed rice and macaroni salad; don't miss the panko-crusted chicken thighs, Kahlua pig or fried Korean chicken. [Photo via Yelp]
3445 Midway Dr
San Diego, CA 92110

4. Artisan Bento

2505 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
Fast-casual cuisine gets a fresh and healthy Japanese twist at this Bankers Hill eatery from the owners of Azuki Sushi. For under $10, add a protein (from chicken skewers to ginger pork) to a bento box, rice bowl, salad or cold ramen bowl combo that also includes miso soup.
2505 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103

5. Zgara Greek Grill

1730 Garnet Avenue, San Diego, CA 92109
Replacing a cheesesteak shop in Pacific Beach strip mall, this family-run grill is making its menu from scratch daily, from marinated pork and chicken gyro sliced from a vertical spit sandwiches and platters to Greek sausages, ground beef and lamb kebabs and more.
1730 Garnet Avenue
San Diego, CA 92109

6. Himalayan Dine Inn

1010 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown's food options get more global with this new no-frills Nepali and Indian sit-down spot from the owners of Grossmont Center's India Express. A $6.95 lunch special includes rice and two choices of curry; they also offer 10% off the entire menu between 3 and 5 p.m. daily. Check out their version of momo, which are delectable Himalayan dumplings.
1010 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

7. Kula Revolving Sushi Bar

4609 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111
It's not special occasion sushi, but the nigiri, roll and handroll plates at this fun, interactive conveyor belt sushi spot are fresh thanks to high turnover and only $2.25 each.
4609 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111

8. Amorcito Corazón Mexican Bistro

3442 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104
Holding its on on 30th Street, where it replace Veg-N-Out, Amorcito offers a help-yourself chips and salsa bar and a menu over over-stuffed tacos and burritos. Venture off the beaten path and try the meaty cochinita pibil and lengua Verecruzana or the veg-friendly nopales and rajas con crema.
3442 30th Street
San Diego, CA 92104

9. Park & Rec

4612 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92116
Royale with Cheese, the mobile food cart-turned-food stand that's currently fueling Park & Rec's new University Heights playground, is doing tasty turns on grilled cheese with baskets of tater tots, plus breakfast sandwiches during weekend boozy brunch. Nothing on the menu is over $10.
4612 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92116

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