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Published on December 23rd, 2012 | by Fia Raboy


Top 5 Cheap Eats in San Diego December 2012

Understandably spending more on holiday gifts and decorations doesn’t mean you have to compromise your hungry lifestyle and wallet on—dare I say—chain-based fast food.  Assuming that the only beverage involved is either water or free tea, listed below are my Top 5 Cheap Eats in San Diego for December 2012, in no particular order, which you can indulge and be close to stuffed at $10 or less per person, including tax and tip!

*No Ranking. Restaurants/items are listed in no particular order* 

1. Sundried Tomato Torpasta from Devine Pastabilities

Torpasta Devine Pastabilities San Diego EatSDIf your metabolism can handle carbs as efficiently as protein, then by no means go beyond the foodie frontier by devouring their creamy, outrageously garlicky pasta stuffed inside its soft yet toasty torpedo-shaped sesame bread.  That seems to be the reason for their intentionally punned creativity, without blasting away more cash.

Cost: $6.49 for 6”

3545 Midway Dr
San Diego, CA 92110

2. Camacho’s Nachos from Las Hadas

Camachos Nachos Las Hadas San Diego EatSDAn anomaly of what might perceive in Tex Mex food, the crunchy chips, plus the freshness and full-on flavor of black beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, and packed-on deliciousness of cheese might make you blurt out “İArriba!”  Whether eaten during their regular hours or Happy Hour, this platter can feed at least 3 ravenous partygoers.

Cost: $5 during Happy Hour

558 4th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

3. Spicy Shredded Beef Glass Noodle Soup from Chon Ju Jip

Yuk kae Jang Spicy Shredded Beef Glass Noodle Soup Chon Ju Jip San Diego EatSDConquer your fear of capsaicin, and you will discover the breadth of Yukkaejang: spicy and lusciously red broth that’s hiding some al dente glass noodles topped with shredded beef and scraps of scrambled egg.  If you cannot put a finger what makes this comfort food irresistibly yummy, the subtle use of garlic gives a huge hint.  Plus, a surplus of side dishes, a.k.a. banchan, is included in your Korean meal.

Cost: $7.95

4373 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111

4. Baby Back Tickler from Phil’s BBQ

Baby Back Tickler Phils BBQ San Diego EatSDI must straightforwardly warn you that I do not recommend driving to Phil’s completely famished—that’s before you start fussing about the long, winding line.  Compiled with 2 giant onion rings, a substantial amount of fries, and bountiful coleslaw, take advantage of savoring as slow as you can, bite by bite, towards 3 pieces of viscous and succulently mouthwatering baby back ribs.  Remember: we’re being budget-friendly here.

Cost: $6.95

3750 Sports Arena Blvd
San Diego, CA 92110

5. Carnitas Tacos from Carnitas’ Snack Shack

Carnitas Tacos Carnitas Snack Shack San Diego EatSDSure you might call this “save best for last,” but their no-nonsense approach to farm-friendly goodness, plus with some love of squeezed lime, results in obviously flavorful & sensuous shredded pork dolloped with impeccably ripened guacamole.  Once you survived the long line facing the shack, don’t be fooled when you read “2 tacos;” this is equivalent of eating 4-5 street tacos—and undoubtedly their number of calories.

Cost: $7

2632 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104

About the Author

Fia Raboy

is an OC resident. But this SD born-and-raised little woman, known as 5-Foot Frenzy or 5’ Foodie, never hesitates to travel back to her hometown to see friends and family on a monthly basis—at times biweekly. In addition to eating, blogging, and taking food photography, you can catch her flying out of state once in a while, drawing cartoon characters, dancing for Zumba, being a proud science nerd, and—like a stereotypical Filipino—singing through a karaoke mic. On a serious note, she is pursuing to be a dental hygienist to not only clean teeth, but educate her future patients to cut back on sweets, and to maintain the pearly whites in order to enjoyably bite on that juicy steak. She might be a shorty and be oftentimes shy, but she may not be timid at all once you see her voracious appetite! Facebook | Twitter

5 Responses to Top 5 Cheap Eats in San Diego December 2012

  1. Gary Rice says:

    Great list! 🙂 Those carnitas tacos at the Shack have been on my to-do list.

  2. Pingback: Accolades for Carnitas' Snack Shack

  3. Jayne Yang says:

    Oooh.. let’s eat our way through SD, Fia! What a great list! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. <3

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