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Xi'an Famous Foods - East Village

81 Saint Marks Place, New York, NY 10003
Xi'an province in China is home to those terra cotta soldiers, but also to unique cuisine that blends Middle Eastern influence with Chinese flavors. Gogobot users love the hand-ripped noodles and lamb burgers, scented with cumin and prices in the $3-$7 range.
AMAZING hand pulled noodles and lamb burger. The cucumbers were out of this world, too! Highly ... read more
recommend.
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Las Cuatro Milpas

1875 Logan Avenue, San Diego, CA
Tacos, tacos, tacos are the words of the day at Las Cuatro Milpas, according to Gogobot users. Lucky eaters can even escape for under five dollars, if they show some restraint when ordering...but who wants to do that?
A hidden gem in a [formerly] not-so-likely neighborhood. A restaurant built out of a house and ... read more
family run since forever ago. THE BEST TORTILLAS, EVER! They keep the menu really simply, things like rolled tacos, chorizo con frijoles, tameles.. I have never had a better tortilla, but be careful, they'll really fill you up. Open for lunch, the line gets long during the work-week, but wait, it should move quickly and there are many tables!
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Il Forno Roscioli

Via dei Giubbonari 21, Rome 00186 Italy
Dough raised to a high art may one of Rome’s claims to fame, but it’s also one of the city’s best deals. Roscioli is newer on the scene than old classics like Forno Campo de’ Fiori, but it’s garnered acclaim for its fresh, chewy pizza bianca.
Yeah, I'm going to say it: this place has the best pizza in Rome and some of the most delicious ... read more
pizza in the world! I am a pizza MONSTER and I am very discriminating when it comes to my pies, so this review is truly as good as it gets for a pizza joint. I found this place on an iPhone Rome Foodie app and decided to check it out. It was listed as the "best pizza in Rome," disputed only with the friendly competition from nearby Forno Campo De' Fiori . I tried both places, and thought Antico Forno Roscioli was better -- WAY better. Apparently people prefer one over the other (sort of like the Philly rivalry between Pat's and Geno's...for the record, I'm a Geno's fan; but I digress). The pizza here is super thin and super tasty. There's an open kitchen where you can watch the cooks constantly making fresh pizzas and popping them in the ginormous pizza oven. I ate here twice while in Rome and I am sort of ready to plan another trip just to eat here. (That's a true foodie for ya). What makes this the best pizza ever? The fresh ingredients and simple preparation. You can really taste the saltiness of the crust, the pepper in the olive oil, and the sweetness in the tomatoes. When you see my photos, you'll think "damn, that doesn't LOOK like great pizza" but trust me, it is INSANELY DELICIOUS! This place is the master at simple ingredients prepared well. Period. I especially adored the super crispy, cracker-like thin crust. Different pizzas have different sauces and crusts, so order a variety to see which you like best. My husband lost his mind over the mushroom pizza (see photos). The classic margherita / cheese was my favorite. There is very limited seating inside with a few stand-up tables out front. If you go at lunch time, be prepared to be absolutely overwhelmed with the chaos inside. You will be jockeying for position with pushy old ladies, gorgeous motorcycle guys in Prada leather jackets, rambunctious school kids and more. There were lots of locals in here both times we went (always a good sign -- locals outnumbered tourists about 5 to 1) and the employees speak Italian (they can communicate in English but you will be rewarded if you learn at least a few food words in Italian). You belly up to the pizza counter (or bakery counter if you want a sweet) and place your order. The guys chop off portions of pizza with a giant knife (you can tell them more or less), they weigh it, then give you a receipt. You take your receipt over to the cash register and pay. Once you pay, you return to collect your pizza. BEWARE that if you stop by after lunch time, they ONLY serve classic cheese pizza and tomato bread. We were so disappointed because their special pizzas with all the cool toppings are the BOMB. We also sampled a few baked goods from the bakery (a couple of cakes, a pastry and some croissants) and they were just okay. Don't go here for sweets, go here for the pizza. Go out of your way to eat here -- you will not be disappointed.
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Halal Guys -- 53rd and 6th

6th Ave & W 53rd, St New York, NY 10019
These guys - the Halal Guys - played a big role in elevating the humble street cart to the tweeting, food-trucking craze it is today. They’re still serving spicily delicious plates for dirt cheap, and have expanded to 14th St.
Delicious street meat! I had lamb and chicken over rice - prefer the lamb and would probably get ... read more
only that next time. The line grows quickly, so be prepared to wait!!!
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Pakwan

3182 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Nothin' fancy except good ol' Pakistani and Indian food at great prices. Off-the-hook Tandoori dishes complement their is-it-a-feather-pillow-or-is-it-bread naan. Open late and BYOB for the hip Mission crowd.
Nom nom nom. Good, cheap Indian and Pakistani food, garlic naan bread that you could use as a ... read more
pillow, delicous saag paneer, and all at outstanding prices. It's not fancy, but it's open late (11pm or midnight, I think) and they have some of the best Indian and Pakistani food in all of San Francisco. (If you really want good Indian food, I've heard Fremont is the city for it, but that's an hour away.)
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Mama's Lu Dumpling House

501 W Garvey Ave Ste 101-103 Monterey Park, CA 91754
Dumpling junkies can get their (cheap) fix at Mama's Lu, rumored to rival even the undisputed ruler of dumplings, Din Tai Fung.
90% of the tastiness of Din Tai Fung. 60% of the price. That's a winner in my book. Seriously, their ... read more
dumplings are delicious and everything is cheap cheap cheap.
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Marukame Udon

2310 Kuhio Ave Honolulu, HI 96815
Slurp, slurp, slurp, mmm.. is the sound you may hear repeatedly at Murakame Udon, the Japanese noodle house where the food, and the prices, live up to the hype.
Absolutely killer spot for freshly made udon noodles in the heart of touristy Waikiki. Grab a tray ... read more
and order cafeteria-style. Don't forget to pick up some of the giant-sized tempura (yum, Japanese-style onion rings). Bonus: it's open late.
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Manny's Cafeteria & Delicatessen

1141 S Jefferson St, Chicago, IL 60607
Some days, there's nothing for it but a pastrami sandwich with a side of cole slaw and a big pickle. If you're in Chicago, you'll need to head to Manny's where you can get all that and more (our users call it the best outside of New York) for a real steal.
I love going through the cafeteria-style line and kibitzing with the cooks and servers. The corned ... read more
beef is great, each sandwich has enough for two. Try the kishka, and a vanilla cream, and a pickle, and some cole slaw. There's a parking lot out back.
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Earl of Sandwich - Planet Hollywood

Planet Hollywood, 3663 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Finding a cheap eat in Vegas can be a real challenge, now that the days of the free buffet designed to keep you in the casino are long gone. The Earl of Sandwich comes to the rescue with its moderately priced towers of bread, meat, and vegetables.
Looking for some cheap(er) foods in Las Vegas after spending it all on gambling, shows, and buffets? ... read more
The Earl of Sandwich can help! Located in Planet Hollywood, it is one of the cheapest and best foods that Las Vegas can offer! The sandwiches are only $5.99, which is half the price of anything else found in the City of Sin! We had the: The Earl's Club - Roasted Turkey, Smoked Bacon, Aged Swiss Cheese, Lettuce, Roma Tomatoes & Sandwich Sauce (healthy and delicious) Caribbean Jerk Chicken - Grilled Chicken, Roasted Red & Banana Peppers & Spicy Jerk Sauce (spicy with a pinch of sourness) The sandwiches here are one of the best I've ever had. Once you've had some here, it makes Togos, Subways, and Quiznos taste like secondary citizens. Great thing about this place: it's open 24 hours, so when you're up gambling the night away, have one on the Earl! The Earl knows sandwiches... he did create them, in the first place! The choices are numerous, but the taste? They all taste great!!! The crispiness of the bread and the meats is mouthwatering!
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Magnolia Cafe

1920 S. Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704
Whatever the time of day or night, the Magnolia Cafe is ready to serve up some serious comfort grub, whether you fancy gingerbread pancakes or a juicy hamburger. Gogobot users love the low prices and the chance of seeing some of the musicians who play the Continental nearby refueling post-gig.
Mimosas and gingerbread pancakes on a Saturday morning. Need I say more? To be honest, the food ... read more
itself is not in the perfectly flavored and cooked category. But food + the friendly staff, the ambience, the young crowd, and a Justin Timberlake CD playing in the background sort of make me happy. The other great thing about this cafe is that its location. After brunch, we stepped outside onto South Congress which a popular street full of eclectic shops and stores.
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La Super-Rica Taqueria

622 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Fresh, fresh, ingredients, an endorsement from that grande-dame of cooking, Julia Child, and, okay, low prices make this Santa Barbara institution a favorite with the Gogobot community.
Famous!! Julia Child loved this place. Authentic Mexican food complete with fresh tortillas being ... read more
made on the spot. There is usually a line out the door, but that's just the way it is. Average meal is about $5. You eat on paper plates under a plastic awning attached to the building, but you forget all that when you take your first sip of an Agua Fresca -- a homemade watermelon drink that I wish I had right now!
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Versailles Restaurant

Versailles Restaurant, 3555 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135-4196
Out of coffee, cigars and Castro, you'll only find the first at Versailles, but the excellent Cuban food will satisfy any appetite that you work up playing volleyball on South Beach.
Very good food and excellent service. Even a non-Cuban like me feels quite welcomed. Also try the ... read more
bakery - good stuff.
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L'As Du Fallafel

34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris, France
Most of us can’t afford to eat oysters and foie gras every day, and while one can ALMOST live on crepes, a week in Paris can get pretty long with just thin pancakes and nutella. L’As du Fallafel’s signature mashed chick pea concoction is a perfect stop for starving artists, vegetarians for the day, and anyone looking to escape mealtime in the City of Lights for under ten bucks.
Awesome! This place really stands for what they claim to be - the best fallafel sandwich ever. For ... read more
5,50 euros, you get the right to stand in line outside for a little while - the line moves fast - ang get your amazing fallafel sandwich, the only thing that's on the menu. Grab a fork, find yourself a place to lean on out there and have fun with it! It's delicious.
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Shore Bird Restaurant & Beach Bar

2169 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Hawaii
Cook-your-own meat, or pile a plate high at the salad bar, and wash it down with a happy hour $3.50 Mai Tai. Gogobot users love all three, plus the $18.95 steak and salad 'sunset special.'
Known for their value-priced breakfast and lunch buffets (currently $14.95), the Shorebird offers ... read more
local cuisine, friendly service, and gorgeous views of Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach.
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Chelsea Market

75 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
New York city will famously burn holes in the deepest of pockets, but Chelsea Market is a perfect place to sample some of the city’s delights without breaking the bank.
With an entire galaxy of tasty food options in a funky rehabilitated building, Chelsea Market may be ... read more
the best place in the entire city for an afternoon of grazing. The restaurants and stalls selling everything from Mexican to bakery to seafood are top-notch, and afterwards Greenwich Village is right nearby to walk off your food coma.
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Bar el Tigre

Calle de las Infantas, 30, Madrid, Spain
The cheap beer flows freely at El Tigre, and with free (!) tapas thrown in, this is the perfect spot to get your Madrileño fix without draining your
This place is definitely not to be missed, cheap, and tasty with a great and friendly atmosphere.
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Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant

600 S Park Ave, Breckenridge, CO 80424
Gogobot users are huge fans of the happy hour specials and margaritas at this Breckenridge favorite. Perfect for refueling after a day on the slopes, or chilling out in the summer.
Talk about tasty! Mi Casa had excellent service and array of original dishes going beyond your ... read more
traditional Mexican fair. Try the Mango Duck Quesadilla or the huge variety of salsas.
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Rainbow Drive-In

3308 Kanaina Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
Mountains of food (think multiple meats accompanied by rice AND macaroni) at ocean floor prices make the Rainbow Drive In a top spot for Hawaiian plate lunch, the greasy island specialty.
Prices for regular plates are around $8 and include two scoops of rice (or fries), mac salad (or the ... read more
delicious vinegar cole slaw) and meat.
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Patty and Bun

54 James Street, London, United Kingdom
London’s gourmet burger craze has been well underway for a few years. Less touted is the fact that these slabs of meat offer great bang for the buck. Patty and Bun serves its gooey version on a Brioche bun, with lines often snaking out the door.
I had the "Ari Gold" burger which is a classic cheese burger...it tasted great and is ideal for ... read more
those looking to fulfill an American fast food kick without resorting to McDonald's.
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East Gourmet Seafood Restaurant

8118 Garvey Avenue # A, Rosemead, CA 91770, United States
Delicious dim sum and Cantonese cooking for a song. Gogobot users love the live seafood and dumplings.
East Gourmet Seafood Restaurant, located in the Square Shopping Center, serves traditional Cantonese ... read more
cuisine such as BBQ, Dim Sum as well as some live seafood. Parking is a nightmare here, especially during the weekends or holidays. There's simply isn't enough parking around, so you are better off parking in the street. The quality of food is not in the same league as Sea Harbour or King Hua. For the price especially, the dinner is much lower for value. The Dim Sum currently has two promotional items worth people coming over for, like the $7.99 lobster noodle or the 99 cent half order of steam chicken when you spend $15 or more. The dim sum isn't the cheapest in town; that honor goes to New Capital. But dim sum here is noticeably better and more choices are offered as well. Service here is pretty average but so far I haven't encountered major problems. If you crave dim sum and dinner, and like the promotional deals, this place is recommended, especially if you have friends from China who know how pricey lobster can be over there compared to here. They would be shocked to see you can get this kind of deal here!