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Our Top Places For a Great Cheap Meal In El Paso

I don’t know about you, but we’re always thinking about food here.  As soon as we walk in the door, a lot of us start to plan lunch, sometimes even dinner!  But since we’re cheap, too, it can be a battle between favorite places.

Everybody has their favorites, and that’s no exception here, so we decided to show you some of our favorite places to get a cheap meal in El Paso, that’s also really, really good! I took a survey of some of our staff’s favorite places, and they’re below (in no particular order). 

Feel free to add your favorite cheap meals in the comments!   

Chico's Tacos

Chico’s Tacos

How could any list of good cheap food not include this El Paso staple? People who move away call their friends and have them ship them Chico’s so they can get their fix!   

Food Network star Aaron Sanchez even did a feature on Chico’s during their “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” show!  Check out the list of featured restaurants from that show here.   


Lucy's Machaca

Lucy’s at King’s X

So many El Pasoans are regular Lucy’s diners, and there are a couple things they always agree on. The Tacos Antonia and the Machaca. Scott Ronson loves the Machaca and says it, “always cures a hangover”. And being connected to the King’s X bar helps keep the cycle going.  


Steak Tacos
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La Malinche Mexican Restaurant 

Courtney loves LA MALINCHE Mexican Restaurant.  (Sunland Park near Doniphan)  4 Steak Tacos, bean, rice & guacamole are awesome and really good service.  The record rep’s seem to like the food, too! John likes the food, and the price as well. He and his wife enjoyed a red enchilada plate with rice and beans, a combo plate with taco, enchilada, tamale rice and beans, and drinks for about $21! 


Kiki Crab Machaca
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Kiki’s Mexican Restaurant

My favorite cheap eat is at Kiki’s Mexican Restaurant on Piedras.  They have got the most delicious green crab enchiladas in the world!  The green sauce at Kiki’s is more like chile con queso, deliciously creamy.  The crab is really what I call “crab with a K”, imitation.  The combination of the green sauce and the “krab” is a nice combination of sweet and savory.  Their rice is also delicious, it taste’s like my mom’s!  This plate will leave you satisfied.  At about $9, it’s my favorite cheap meal! Kiki’s has also been featured on Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate”. 


House of Pizza

House of Pizza

Steve loves the 7 inch Hot Pastrami Sandwich at House of Pizza for $5.95. Pastrami is good, just don’t ask for it with lettuce, tomato, and mayo (Annie Hall reference). Just melted swiss and mustard and you have a winner!


Yvonne's Mexican Grill
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Yvonne’s Mexican Grill

Duke is a big fan of Yvonne’s Mexican Grill, Lee Treviño between James Watt and Rojas. GREAT Tacos Antonia and a wonderful Tampiqueña Steak, complete with enchiladas, beans and rice. Six bucks for the tacos and around $7.50 for the steak platter. And free wifi! Let’s see Starbucks turn that trick.


Avila’s Mexican Food

Andy is a huge fan of Avila’s for a good and reasonably priced meal. I like the number one combo plate that has an enchilada, tamale, taco, rice and beans….endless chips and salsa and sopapillas don’t hurt either. The meal goes for about 9 bucks!

50's Cafe

50′s Cafe

Glenn is a regular at The 50’s Café.  4-5 dollars for a burrito the size of my leg??  HOW can you go wrong there?? At least a dozen different kinds of burritos, giant sandwiches. If you’re hungry after eating there, then something is wrong with you!

Papa Burger

Papa Burger

Tony loves Papa Burger. 2 locations on Yandell and on Piedras. You can get a hamburger basket with fries for only 3.50. The best burgers in town and I know about burgers. Just ask my waist-line!

Bowie Bakery

Bowie Bakery

Joanne loves Bowie Bakery at lunch for 2 delicious burritos, canned soda, and a pan dulce all for about $5 bux. Mexican lunch of champions! Not just desserts and sweet stuff, although she’s a big fan of that, too!

Taco Grill
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Taco Grill

Ray and Johnnie really spend a lot of time at Taco Grill. Not only is it just down the street from the radio station, but the food is really good, and really cheap! Every day they have a $3.99 special (Thursday is Gordita day) which includes rice and beans. Johnnie’s favorites switch between the Tejana (adobado chicken & cheese) and Burra (steak & cheese) combos with fries (yes, he’s white) and a drink.



Lucy’s at Travelodge

Patricia believes that if you are looking for a great meal in a super cool setting in El Paso, try Lucy’s in the TraveLodge on Mesa across the street from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. This is the original Lucy’s, birthplace of the world famous machaca! When you walk in, make sure you don’t walk into the kitchen. That’s because the kitchen is just beyond the counter that is just beyond the front door. This is an old school motel restaurant with about a dozen diner stools, the counter and the magic griddle where everything is cooked right in front of you. Get a machaca plate and revel in the shredded beef, egg, and jalapeno, all covered with chili con queso. The hash browns and refried beans complete the machaca experience. This isn’t no-tell motel food! This is El Paso on a plate!

What’s your favorite place for a good cheap meal? We’re not talking chain restaurants. Somewhere you’d tell a friend visiting from out of town they should eat. Post you’re suggestions below!

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