Your Wallet And Stomach Will Love These 5 U.S. Cities For Foodies On A Budget
There’s a common misconception that it’s impossible to enjoy unique, delicious food without spending a fortune. Sure, many self-proclaimed foodies indulge in exorbitantly expensive meals from time to time, but that doesn’t mean it’s hard to enjoy fantastic eats on a budget. If you’re a food enthusiast looking to discover new dishes without blowing through your cash, here are five American cities to explore.
1. Tucson, Arizona
This underrated desert town is the perfect spot to indulge in a diverse array of delicious eats. Whether you’re digging into a chimichanga (which has its roots right here in Tucson) or enjoying traditional fare that’s set the region apart for generations, you’ll be delighted. Venture to Poco & Mom’s for New Mexican deliciousness, dig into Sonoran-style hot dogs at El Güero Canelo Restaurant, or mix it up with affordable Indian food at Govinda's Natural Food Buffet. What’s not to love?
2. Detroit, Michigan
Detroit flies under the radar in all sorts of ways, often falling prey to negative media coverage due to its financial and social struggles throughout the years. Don’t let this false representation fool you: the Motor City is a wonderful spot to dig into some delicious (and affordable) eats. You’ll find Midwestern prices here as you sample everything from iconic Detroit coney dogs to authentic fare throughout the city’s Mexicantown region. If you’re hungry, you’ve certainly come to the right place.
3. Cincinnati, Ohio
Like Detroit, Cincinnati offers Midwestern charm alongside a wide variety of mouthwatering eats. Celebrate the city’s German heritage with a visit to Over-the-Rhine, a neighborhood that features plenty of dining destinations. Of course, no journey to Cincinnati is complete without a meal at Skyline Chili, which serves an iconic dish that might not quite resemble the chili you’re accustomed to. If you’re hoping to avoid the crowds, you can also find Cincinnati chili at Pleasant Ridge Chili & Restaurant or Zip’s Cafe.
4. Portland, Oregon
Portland is known for its quirky vibe, and this sense of adventure certainly extends into the world of food. Whether you’re digging into an indulgent donut from Voodoo Doughnut, checking out a unique food cart, or simply enjoying brunch with loved ones, your taste buds (and your wallet) will be happy. Enjoy an artisanal sandwich from Sammich PDX, get your burger on at Bless Your Heart Burgers, or taste a freshly prepared biscuit from Pine State Biscuits - all without breaking the bank.
5. Los Angeles, California
We know, we know: it’s tough to imagine Los Angeles making any list of "affordable" options, but food might just be the City of Angels’ one exception. The abundance of options throughout the area makes LA an unforgettable place for foodies of all types, whether you’re seeking a hole-in-the-wall diner or a taco truck. Stand in line for a hot dog from Pink’s, explore hundreds of unique food trucks and carts, or check out so-called "Sushi Row" along Ventura Boulevard. Whatever you’re craving, you’ll surely find it in this one-of-a-kind American city.
We’ve listed five of the top dining destinations for frugal foodies, but we’re always eager to hear from you! Drop us a line below with your favorite recommendations for affordable American eats.
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