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Let's Dish: What's Your Favorite Dirt-Cheap Meal?

Let's Dish: What's Your Favorite Dirt-Cheap Meal?

Although prices of almost everything have soared, good deals do exist. The New York Times scoured the boroughs to see what kind of fare could be had for $1, and earlier this year, New York magazine proclaimed that "beggars can be choosers" when it comes to 99-cent finds. Even in my expensive backyard, the Bay Area, there are deals to come by. My favorite bargain? The 99-cent, foot-long hot dog with all-you-can-eat ketchup, mustard, and sauerkraut at Slots-a-Fun in Las Vegas. I also love the McCormick & Schmick's $2 bar menu, which includes mussels and burgers. I have to say that when it comes to these prices, value does in fact have a taste: delicious.

What about you? What's the best thing you can find at a rock-bottom price?


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Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 8 years
Yea so I love canned chicken & canned green beans! The canned chicken comes in at $2 and the canned green beans.... a whopping 60 cents! Ya baby!
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 8 years
If I'm getting it to cook it myself, my favorite is potato pancakes. If we're talking fast food, I'll go to the local Mexican joint and get a taco or two for like $1.00
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
The costco hot dog/polish and soda for $1.50, or tacos (the authentic tortilla, meat, onion, cilantro kind) for $1.10 a piece.
erinlikestoplay erinlikestoplay 8 years
A slice of costco pizza and a very berry smoothie.
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
1 dollar tacos (real tacos) and 1.50 tamales.
samischo samischo 8 years
2 jack in the box tacos for $1... my guilty pleasure!!
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
My college staple was the Wawa hot dog. Ugh...
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
Wendy's Caesar side salad (0.99) with a side of chicken nuggets (0.99)
emperatriche emperatriche 8 years
mmmm...Bahn Mi, i'm craving one right now!
MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 8 years
yasmilk - agreed, there is tons of cheap, really good food here in New Orleans.
not-applicable not-applicable 8 years
the parkdale special - brown beans, kd + boxed mash. feeds 3 for under $3 and monies saved can be spent on tall cans of kozel.
NurseDeAnna NurseDeAnna 8 years
Oh my goodnesss. Costco polish dogs...
NurseKimberly NurseKimberly 8 years
McDonald's $1 Menu
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 8 years
Mmm...Banh Mi. I love those sandwiches. For the price, portion, and taste Banh Mi wins this contest hands down
seryscarlett seryscarlett 8 years
Gotta 3rd the Banh Mi! It's $2.99 here and sooo good. Also, a lot of bars in Portland do really cheap happy hour food.
PamiP PamiP 8 years
I second a taco bell 7 layer burrito. But #1, any city that has good pupusas available on the street for like a buck or two a piece. . . . I mean how can you not love something full of salty, melty, delicious cheese.
Marci Marci 8 years
Yeah, those Costco samples are the best! Other than that, my favorite cheap meal is an egg sandwich I make at home.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 8 years
I live in Seattle so I have to be a cliche and say Dick's cheeseburgers. MMMM
steffy08 steffy08 8 years
$.15 top ramen
hannahsnow hannahsnow 8 years
I call Costco samples American Tapas :)
corcar86 corcar86 8 years
Free samples at Whole Food, Sam's Club, or Kroger's def a great meal for free! Esp when they have the fresh fruit out yum!
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
The Wendy's side salad. It's not exactly the greatest salad, but it is what it is for the price, and it's the perfect portion when you're not ravenously hungry but still need to eat.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
We have a local mexican restaurant that has $2 Tuesdays. Fish or chicken tacos and Tecate beers. $8 = 2 tacos and 2 beers!
yaksmilk yaksmilk 8 years
In pre-Katrina New Orleans, there was this meat market outside the Louisiana Ave projects called Louisiana Discount Market that sold 4-foot long shrimp po boys smothered in mayo, lettuce, tomato, peppers, and Krystal hot sauce for $7. $7 divided by 4 people with Budweiser tall-boys was like $2.50/person. We'd take it down to The Fly by the Mississippi River, do some sun-bathing and watch Russian oil barges float while we ate. Now I live in DC where nothing NOTHING is cheap ... or good. Sometimes I go to McDonald's (gasp) for those $1 chicken sandwiches. I do it out of spite.
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