Lunch Under $10 at Giant Rustic Pizza in Scottsdale and Phoenix

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Jenny Zink
Two pepperoni slices from Giant Rustic Pizza in Scottsdale.

Remember those college days of late night drunk dialing for crappy pizza delivery? Of course you don't. You were too drunk to know that your pizza took forever and was terrible. Cheap, but terrible. Giant Rustic Pizza in Scottsdale has a pizza deal that harkens back to our college days of needing cheap quick pizza, but has created a pizza you'll be glad you are sober to taste.


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Lunch Under $10 at Nandini Indian Cuisine in Tempe

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Jenny Zink
A variety of dishes from the buffet at Nandini Indian Cuisine in Tempe.
Lunch is a quick little affair these days, since we rarely have time to sit down to our fast food, or afford and enjoy good cuisine. Once in a while we get lucky enough to find a fast and affordable place that's worth investing our cash and time.

Nandini Indian Buffet in Tempe is that place. The restaurant offers a lunch buffet that hits the trifecta of being quick, tasty, and affordable with a price tag of $7.99.

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Lunch Under $10 at Banh Mi Bistro in West Phoenix

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Jenny Zink
The pulled pork banh mi at Banh Mi Bistro will satisfy your Vietnamese sandwich craving.
Banh Mi Bistro in West Phoenix is where it's at for an affordable Vietnamese sandwich.

The banh mi is a Vietnamese sandwich that originated in Vietnam during the French Colonial period. The French are gone from Vietnam, but fortunately they left the baguette behind. The Vietnamese took that tasty bread and put their own delicious spin on it creating a banh mi. The veggie/condiments for this sandwich always stay the same because that's what makes a banh mi a banh mi. Mayo (or some form of this), pickled daikon radishes and carrots, cilantro, jalapeno, and sliced cucumbers make up the structure of the sandwich. The protein gets switched out and makes the sandwich awesome.

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Dirty's Topless Bar in Phoenix Has a $5 Lunch Deal and It Is Not Horrible

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Jenny Zink
The burger at Dirty's Topless Bar is better than expected.

Dirty's Topless Bar in west Phoenix has a $5 lunch special that seemed too good to be true. Armed with antibacterial wipes, just in case things got sticky, we decided we better check it out.

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Mimita's Cuban Cafe in Chandler Serves Lunch for Under $10

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Jenny Zink
The Sandwich Cubano at Mimita's Cuban Cafe in Chandler is a top under $10 lunch pick.
We found an authentic Sandwich Cubano in Chandler -- and for under $8. With no sign other than a small a-frame out front declaring it the "Best Cuban Food Around," Mimita's Cuban Cafe is easy to miss.Take a second look, because this place is serving nothing short of delicious, well prepared Cuban food.

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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 d├ęcor 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 Crepe Bar in Tempe
- The Good and the Better About Bragg's Factory Diner in Phoenix (Spoiler Alert: Coconut Curry Waffles)
- Cheuvront Restaurant in Phoenix to Close at the End of May


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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 Tacos Atoyac
- 25-Year-Old Restaurateur to Open Enchiladas and Soup Spot in Central Phoenix
- Giant Three-Buck Pizza Slices at Big Boys Pizza in Mesa May Be the Best Giant Three-Buck Pizza Slices in Town


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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 S.E.E.D. Cafe in Madison Improvement Club
- At Crepe Bar, a New King of Crepes Is Crowned
- Bloody Marys and Mascarpone Crepe at The House Brasserie in Scottsdale


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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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- Shine Coffee Adding a "Living Room" and Urban Park to Downtown Space
- Lunch Under $10 at Cheese 'N Stuff in Phoenix
- Paleo Recipes for Brownies and Banana Bread


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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
- Soup and Salad Skirmish: St. Francis vs. Carly's
- A (Mostly) Gluten-Free Meal at Arcadia Farms


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