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Best Inexpensive Yet Delicious Restaurants in San Diego

While most people flock to San Diego for its stunning sunshine, beautiful coastline, and laid-back vacation vibe, the city also boasts a diverse dining scene. The great news is you don’t need to spend a fortune to eat well in this popular Southern California hotspot. Here are some of the most affordable places to enjoy a delicious meal in San Diego, brought to you by the friendly team at Sunrise Inn San Diego, one of the most ideally located and budget-friendly hotels in San Diego.

Phuong Trang

Widely regarded as the place with San Diego’s best Vietnamese cuisine, Phuong Trang features more than 200 dishes on its menu, giving you plenty of options to satisfy your personal tastes. Go with a comforting bowl of soup, nosh on some flavorful wings, or try a big dish of Vietnamese noodles topped with your meat of choice. It’s easy to find a dish you’ll love at a price point that makes your wallet happy at Phuong Trang.

Canada Steak Burger

While tourists converge on the iconic In-N-Out Burger, locals know Canada Steak Burger is where it’s at. This local favorite has been serving up the city’s favorite burgers for over 30 years. In addition to the juicy burgers, the popular late-night joint also offers gyros, chicken strips, chili cheese fries, Philly cheesesteaks, and more. The various combination plates make it easy to mix and match so you can sample different items. Most meals are priced under $10.

Lucky’s Breakfast

Fuel up for your day of touring San Diego with a visit to Lucky’s Breakfast. You can fill up on a full breakfast and endless coffee for well under $10. This cozy diner will take you back in time while filling your belly for the adventures that lie ahead.

It’s Raw Poke Shop

Located just steps away from the sand in Ocean Beach, It’s Raw Poke Shop is the perfect dining destination when you’re soaking up the sun and surf in San Diego. Diners can choose to go with the fresh poke by the pound or select one of the many hot plates. Poke offerings can vary, but you’ll generally see options such as spicy salmon, kimchi ahi, and shrimp. The authentic Hawaiian plates include favorites such as kalua pig and chicken long rice. Keep in mind the fresh poke bowls often sell out prior to closing time at 6 p.m., so it’s important to go early for the best selection.

Las Cuatro Milpas

Your visit to San Diego won’t be complete without indulging in Mexican food. For the best prices and freshest flavors, head to the family-owned Las Cuatro Milpas. The menu features tamales, rolled tacos, and chorizo with eggs. The restaurant is cash only, but you won’t need much for a filling and delicious meal. 

If you’re also looking to save money on your hotel accommodations while you’re in San Diego, reserve your room today at Sunrise Inn San Diego. When they’re looking for comfortable yet cheap hotels, San Diego visitors will be amazed by our unbeatable rates as well as our spacious rooms, stunning views of the harbor, and ideal location near the most popular tourist attractions in America’s Finest City. Call one of our friendly staff members today at (619) 223-5544.