Banh Mi Bistro Vietnamese Eatery $8.00 _The Chicken and Rice Plate -Phoenix AZ
There’s BUNCHES of very good and great deals for you to dine on in the Metro Phoenix area where the meals can run $10.00 or less. I’m picking a few of my favorites in no particular order that I enjoyed this year. I also must note that prices are subject to change and on the prices I don’t remember I went to the websites and hoped the prices are up to date.
Everything on the Banh Mi Bistro – Vietnamese (Pho-Free) Eatery is under $10.00 and just about everything is wonderfully delicious! For me the biggest value is the Chicken and Rice plate that is served with Jasmin Rice, an egg roll and salad garnish with house vinaigrette. This has to be among the tastiest $8.00 meals you can get anywhere. The chicken is so moist and flavorful with exotic Asian flavorings. The salad looks simple but is light and refreshing.
For more information on Banh Mi Bistro Vietnamese Eatery please visit www.BanhMiBistroAZ.com
A Taste of Buffalo – Glendale AZ – Beef on Weck Sandwich that includes- pickle, horseradish, au jus and a side order $10.00
At A Taste of Buffalo in Glendale AZ offers a signature sandwich that is seldom served outside of Buffalo NY. The Sandwich is the Premium Roast Beef on a hard Kummel Weck Roll that is a kaiser roll topped with corse salt and caraway seeds. The hearty sandwich is served with hot horseradish, au jus, a pickle and a generous side like house made potato salad or house made chips. $10.00.
For more information on A Taste of Buffalo please visit www.ATasteofBuffalo.com
Huitlacoche Machete – $7.99 -Azteca Estilo DF Phoenix AZ
For only $7.99 I think you can feed two people with one of the Machetes that Azteca Estilo DF in Phoenix offers. I enjoyed the Hutlacoche Machete. It’s a folded giant corn tortilla that was packed with melty mild white cheese and what’s called the Mexican Truffle, also called corn smut and Hutlacoche. Corn Smut is considered a delicacy. It’s mushroomy it’s woodsy and was kind of special and delicious!
For more information on Azteca Estilo DF you can find them on FaceBook.
Rocket Burger Phoenix AZ
Rocket burger is well know for their massive world of sodas and of certainly for their many sizes and varieties of their hand packed angus burgers. This year I got to know the Breaded Cod Sandwich with house made sauce with lettuce and cheese. It was a very tasty massive sandwich on an above average fluffy and eggy roll for only $6.49.
For more information on Rocket Burger in Phoenix AZ please visit www.RocketBurger.com
Cheezheads Peoria AZ – Cheese Steak – $9.99
Cheeseheadz of Peoria AZ is a Wisconsin themed Pizza and Sandwich eatery. They serve up thinly sliced tender, flavorful Ribeye steak on their house baked rolls with peppers and onions for $9.99. I didn’t actually have the cheese with my cheese steak but it was just as delicious. I used this picture that my husband ate because the sandwich comes with cheese.
For more information on CheeseHeadz of Peoria AZ please visit www.Cheezheadz.com
Leo’s Island BBQ – Peoria AZ – The Chicken and Short Ribs Combo – $8.89
Leo’s Island BBQ specializes in the Hawaiian Plate Lunch. At the time of this publication all the plate lunches are less than $10.00. A Hawaiian Plate Lunch is typically lots of meat, lots of rice and creamy macaroni salad served in Styrofoam. The Chicken and short rib combo is one of the examples of what Leo’s Island BBQ serves for under $10.00. It’s a bunch of steamed cabbage and broccoli under the meat. You get a normal person’s lunch portion of Katsu or breaded chicken, a portion of BBQ chicken, short ribs, a double scoop of rice and creamy macaroni salad. They also offer Hawaiian favorites like the Grilled Spam Moco with Grilled Spam, Gravy and Eggs and the slow roasted Kalua Pork. The food is always fresh and served hot. They offer about thirty different variations of the Hawaiian Plate lunch to pick from.
For more information on Leo’s Island BBQ in Peoria AZ please visit www.LeosIslandBBQ.com
La 15 Y Salsas – Phoenix AZ – Combo De Chile Relleno $9.00
It was hard to pick between the two dishes I recently tried because both were very good but I went with the Combo De Chile Relleno ($9.00) because it was more textures and more layers of flavors than the also exstreamly good chicken enchiladas topped with a blanket of dark mole called enmoladas. This creation is tender moist flavorful chicken with raisins and nuts in a battered chile that’s topped with spicy tomato sauce, served with seasoned rice, beans and hot steamy tortillas. La 15 Y Salsas is one of the best restaurants in the Metro Phoenix Area for Oaxaca Mexican Food.
For more information on La 15 Y Salsas in Phoenix AZ please visit them on www.15YSalsas.com
New Asian Kitchen – Cantonese Chow Mein $8.95 Phoenix AZ
My favorite Take Out Chinese Food comes from New Asian Kitchen in Phoenix AZ. A new favorite dish that they prepare is the Cantonese Chow Mein ($8.95). If you like take out Chinese Food you will love this dish that layered in interesting flavors and textures. Their vegetables are always fresh and crisp. The meats are always moist and tender. They even offer the hard to come by and impressive Dry Sautéed Beef Chow Fun a more difficult dish to prepare. No other Take Out Chinese compares to New Asian Kitchen for several miles around.
For more information on New Asian Kitchen please visit www.NewAsain.com
Hummus Xpress – Tempe AZ- The most expensive item called The Plate $9.95
Hummus Xpress is a casual Middle Eastern Style Fast Food behind a hot and cold salad bar kind of place. Meals range in price from $6.45 for a pita sandwich, bowl $7.95, salad, $8.65 to The Plate. $9.95. I don’t get to eat here often because Tempe AZ is pretty far for me so I always get the largest size that is the plate. The plate is under $10.00 (at this time) and often I get two meals out of it. I always have many choices to pick from but what I typically would fill my plate with starts with seasoned rice, Aleppo Brisket, Lebanese Falafels, Moroccan carrots, eggplant, Two kinds of hummus like lemon ginger and usually plain, or beet, Tabbouleh, fresh made pickled beets, pickles, a few other toppers, Shrug Sauce and a fresh made whole wheat flat bread. The food is so healthy that you never feel weighted down and everything is delicious. The owner is a formally trained chef and all the food is delicious!
For more information on Hummus Xpress please visit www.HumusXpress.com
An honorable Mention goes to the little Taiwanese Food Stand in the Lee Lee Market in Peoria AZ.
Taiwanese Pancake Stand
I was very impressed with the 75cent Taiwanese Pancake I tasted made fresh and hot to order. I picked the one filled with beans. The pancake was hot and airy with crispy ends and the beans seemed like they were fresh made. It wasn’t sweet like I was expecting. It was a surprise!
Depending on your appetite you only need one or two of them to feel full. For more information on Lee Lee Supermarket please visit www.LeeLeeSupermarket.com
These were some of the best of what I remember having in 2016 of $10.00 or less in the Metro Phoenix Area.
The Forking Truth