Lunch Under $10 at Bragg's Factory Diner in Phoenix

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Heather Hoch
Breakfast for lunch might not have been a good call.
Phoenix is just a few hip vegan restaurants and bakeries away from being officially cool. We were so excited when Bragg's Factory Diner opened for breakfast and lunch off Grand Avenue in downtown Phoenix because it touts a fully vegetarian and mostly vegan menu. Plus, we heard about the vegan pies, cookies, and doughnuts. The cute vintage-inspired décor pays homage to the historic roots of the building, which used to be the front of the old Bragg's Pie Factory.

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Lunch Under $10 at Gadzooks Enchiladas and Soups in Phoenix

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Heather Hoch
The diagram menu of how to order at Gadzooks -- study before you enter.
If you've ever spent a long, lonely night wishing that Chipotle made enchiladas (and soup), your wildest dreams have come true. Gadzooks has a create-it-yourself vibe with options like tacos, chopped salads and "ladas." Or you can just go for the housemade tortilla soup. If you're following the process thus far, just wait because things are about to take a turn for the complicated.

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Lunch Under $10 at Crepe Bar in Tempe

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Heather Hoch
Crepes galore for under $10 at Crepe Bar.
Good French cooking can be hard to find in Phoenix. When Crepe Bar opened its doors last year, we Chow Bella-ers jumped all over it. Not only was there finally a good place to grab delicious French cooking, it was also cheap and available during daylight hours. Every so often, we find ourselves drifting toward south Tempe just so we can pop in for a quick and inexpensive lunch.

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Lunch Under $10 at Jobot in Phoenix

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Heather Hoch
The Jo-Bahn Mi on Jobot's new sandwich menu.
The menu at Jobot has expanded! What used to just be some breakfast items, tacos, and sweet and savory crepes in a coffee house, now includes yummy gourmet sandwiches. We've heard rumors of even more new menu items to come, but for now we just had to try the sandwiches and see if they passed the lunch-under-$10 test.

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Lunch Under $10 at Bowl of Greens in Downtown Phoenix

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Heather Hoch
Offerings at Bowl of Greens.
Maybe 4/20 has our mind in that place, but when we stopped into Bowl of Greens on the downtown ASU campus off Central Avenue, we weren't sure if we should expect a Cheba Hut-style stoner gimmick. Luckily, the Mediterranean joint that specializes in build-your-own salads wasn't just a cheesy ploy to lure potheads. The hard-working staff quickly busts through seemingly unending lunch lines, delivering a tasty and healthy alternative to the college-area norms -- especially considering that same building used to house a Sbarro.

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Lunch Under $10 at ZK Grill in Phoenix

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Heather Hoch
Cheap, cheap chicken kabob wrap with fries from ZK Grill.
Considering how many people think Phoenix is devoid of any culture, we sure have our fair share of kabob joints springing up. From Lebanese to Turkish to Greek, the kabob you get depends largely on where it comes from. We were excited to try out the Persian-style kabobs at ZK Grill. With three Valley locations and lots of rotating specials, Zaytoon Kabob Bistro (as it was formerly known) has a good selection for lunchers eating on the cheap.

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Lunch Under $10 at Desert Roots Kitchen in Tempe

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Heather Hoch
Desert Roots' lentils have some serious flavor -- without the calories.
You don't have to be an über-hippie vegan nut to enjoy Desert Roots Kitchen. You don't even really have to be on a health kick. Instead of using fake meats and faux cheese, Desert Roots simply uses real-deal grains, legumes, and veggies -- along with a good amount of seasoning and spice to add flavor. The little deli-style restaurant in the Mill Avenue Shops corridor primary has outdoor seating, but you can always grab your food to-go when it gets too hot.

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Lunch Under $10 at The Rose & Crown Pub

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Heather Hoch
A lunch fit for a king from Rose & Crown.
We've always liked the look and feel of downtown Phoenix's cutest little Brit pub, the Rose & Crown. Located in a converted historic house in Heritage Square (across from Pizzeria Bianco), the bar caters to a relaxed crowd of people usually just chatting and sipping pints. Rose & Crown offers your classic bar games on the inside and a large patio with plenty of umbrellas on the outside. The food is on the greasy side, but it's pub food, so that's to be expected. What we didn't expect was the lunch deals.

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Lunch Under $10 at YC's Mongolian Grill in Tempe

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Heather Hoch
The YC's method of over-eating on the cheap.
We know Mongolian grill joints aren't hip and new anymore, but when we're broke and looking for a boatload of grub, YC's is the place to go. The DIY stir-fry joint allows you to jam and pile as much food as you can into one small bowl, and they'll cook up whatever you manage to fit in it. This usually yields three meals for us, but maybe you can beat our record. Lines do tend to get long around lunchtime, so it's best to head over a little before noon or an hour after if you can.

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Lunch Under $10 at S.E.E.D. Cafe in Madison Improvement Club

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Heather Hoch
The "You're So Keen" quinoa sandwich isn't the only punny name on the S.E.E.D. menu.
Madison Improvement Club is always a good spot to catch a Phenomenal Flow yoga or Party on a Bike spin class. More recently, they've opened up a health nut restaurant inside that they're calling the S.E.E.D. Café. According to the owners, S.E.E.D. stands for sustainable, edible, and entirely delicious, but on our visit we were hoping that it wouldn't doesn't taste like a bunch of under-seasoned seeds like a lot of other health food.

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