Monday, May 04, 2015

¶lim¶Cheap Eats

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Contrary to popular belief, "eating well" and "spending little" can be synonymous. From $4 meatball hoagies to low-dollar delicacies from the best local kitchens, we present this definitive guide to the Valley's most bodacious bargain cuisine.

Joe's Diner
4433 N. 16th St., Phoenix
Perky servers, toe-tapping tunes and a checkered floor with red booths are just as mood-lifting as the fluffy omelets ($5.49-$7.59) and pancakes ($2.99-$3.99). Cheer up even more with Joe’s biscuits, smothered in mildly spicy chorizo gravy tinged with garlic ($2.99).

Benedict’s Café   
5555 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale
Save this 12-seat café for the weekend, when eggs Benedict ($9.95) – with velvety hollandaise draped over poached eggs, Canadian bacon and melt-in-your-mouth tarragon biscuits – makes a special appearance. The breakfast burrito is a superior bargain at $4.95. If it’s busy (likely), get a slice of buttery, golden-crusted coffee cake ($1.95) to tide you over.

Black Mountain Coffee Shop
7204 E. Ho Rd., Carefree