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Best Cheap Restaurants in San Jose

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Did you know that the capital of Silicon Valley, San Jose, is one of the wealthiest cities in the US and the world? Finding places to eat is no challenge but finding Cheap Restaurants in San Jose is one hell of a challenge since the average cost per meal is over $15 in most places. However, this did not deter us from finding places other than Mcdonald’s, that offer economical meals. Here’s the list of places that offer tasty, economical meals for someone new to the city and yet to make it to the millionaire’s club.

1. Falafel’s drive-in

Location: 2301 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128, United States

Avg. Cost for One: $6

Located in Stevens Creek Blvd, The falafel drive-in is one of the oldest eateries. Offering Mediterranean classics like falafels and American classics like hamburgers. The menu is simple and functional. Burgers are juicy, falafels are crunchy, just the way they should be. All in all, it’s an affordable place to eat in San Jose with a satisfying experience. The average cost for a meal is around $6 and you can have a hamburger for $4.50. Good for both meat lovers and vegetarians.

2. Iguanas

Location: 330 South Third Street, San Jose 95112

Avg. Cost for one: $8-$35

Famous for their huge 18 inches burritos called Burritozillas, this one is a tad bit expensive to eat in San Jose and few other locations maybe for those payday treats. A Burritozilla costs you $32 however, a regular burrito is only $9 and a mini version is for $7.50. Purely a Mexican place so yes there are tacos and nachos on the menu. For $12.50 one can get an Iguana plate with a choice of sauces and creams added to Rice and beans with Tortillas. 

3. Good Karma Vegan Cafe

Location: 37 S 1st Street, San Jose 95113

Avg. Cost for one: $5

It surely is a decent vegan place to eat. One can get vegan drumsticks (mock meat) as low as $2.75 with some non-alcoholic root beer at an additional $2.50 and your dinner is done. 

4. Veggie Grill

Location: 3055 Olin Ave Ste 1030 #1030, San Jose, CA 95128

Avg. cost for one: $4-$13 

Located in Silicon Valley’s fanciest place to shop and eat, this one boasts of its fresh veggies and being the best vegetarian friendly-vegan restaurant in the south bay. The menu is extensive and there’s an additional menu for all things under $10 offering super delicious salads, burgers, and the ever so comforting Mac and cheese. This is by far the best vegetarian place we could find.

5. Ike’s Love and Sandwiches

Location: 75 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113-1827

Avg. cost for one: $11

Love and sandwiches, both should be simple and satisfying with no hang-ups. Ike’s sandwiches are love wrapped in delicious pieces of bread. The extensive menu on offer will leave you spoilt for choice. There is something for everyone’s preference whether you are a meat lover, a vegetarian, or a Vegan. Gluten-free options are also available. Portion sizes are large for the price one pays.

6. Johnny Rockets

Location: 150 S 1st Street, San Jose 95113, and other multiple locations.

Avg. cost for one: $10-$12

A typical American Diner with high chairs and stand-alone seatings, offering burgers, fries, shakes, and some more. The menu is extensive and options to customize your burgers. A decent place to eat on a budget with family.

7. Pizza My Heart

Location: 117 E San Carlos Street 95112

Avg. Cost for one: $10-$15

Another chain of PIzza outlets maintains consistency throughout. The place has good reviews for the food, service, and pricing. NewYork style pizza but not NewYork style. Have an option for creating your pizza with the choice of base, toppings, and sauces. Good dine-in and delivery service.

8. Nick The Greek

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Location: 143 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113-1705

Avg. Cost for one: $10

This is a good place to stop for a quick satiating lunch or late dinner. Offering vegetarian-friendly fast food and Mediterranean, Greek, and Middle Eastern recipes. Their Gyro Sandwiches and greek salads are bestsellers among other options available on the menu. Quick service earns extra points.

9. iJAVA cafe

Location: 387 Delmas Avenue, San Jose 95126

Avg. cost for one: $9-$11

A simple no-fuss breakfast place opens as early as 6:30 AM. Offering bagels, waffles, eggs, Falafel rolls, Paninis, salads but most importantly some great coffee. A place with good coffee and we are sold. Vegetarian and an affordable place to eat in San Jose. We don’t need to know more.

10. Voltaire Coffee House

Location: 360 S Market St Unit 80, San Jose, CA 95113-2888

Avg. cost for one: $6

Essentially a cafe offering breakfast. Simple Limited menu which is a good thing because no one wants to make tough choices before the first coffee of the day kicks in. The coffees are excellent and the food is good. A go-to breakfast place.

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