5 Fabulous Cheap Eats Under $8 in Tucson, Volume 4

Five fabulous picks for affordable eats that don't burn a hole in your pocket.

Do textbooks or summer vacation have your budget hurting?

Here are five fabulous picks for cheap eats for $8 or less. Prices are subject to change.

Nur Market & Restaurant

3565 E. Speedway Blvd. Ste. 171

(flickr/edkohler)

Hidden in plain sight on Speedway, Nur Market also has a restaurant hidden in the back.

While the signature Lamb Shank ($15.99) and Goat or Lamb Roast ($15.99) are twice the price limit for the article, the Sambusas ($1.50) are less than a fifth of the way there. The triangular deep-fried pockets are filled with ground meat (lamb or beef?) and a piquant sauce packed with spices. The spicy tomato sauce on the side is worth slurping directly from the container.

The sambusas are sizable for the price too, so just two are enough to satisfy the average appetite.

For more information, visit nurmarketaz.com.

Greek House

1710 E. Speedway Blvd.
Feta Fries at Greek House (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Feta Fries at Greek House (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The addictive Feta Fries ($7.25) feature an addictive combination of tart-sweet lemon sauce, salty feta crumbles, and aromatic oregano. While deceivingly simple, the lemon-feta combo will strike a nerve and create a monthly craving that nothing else will satisfy.

For more information, visit azgreekhouse.com.

Bombolé Eatery

100 N. Stone Ave.
Empanadas, a pasty, and a latte from Ike's Coffee at Bombolé Eatery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Empanadas, a pasty, and a latte from Ike’s Coffee at Bombolé Eatery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Only the Bombo Combo ($8.35) breaks the $8 limit for this article; every other menu item costs less.

Hearty empanadas are only $3.85 and come in four varieties: Aloo Matar SamosaMatar PaneerButter Chicken, and Pork Curry. Breakfast varieties are also available, along with pasties ($3.85), gluten-free dossas ($3.85), and rice plates with daal and cabbage salad ($6.75).

What’s more impressive, they keep these low prices in a downtown location with a chic interior. Props to you, Bombolé.

For more information, visit eatbombole.com.

Barista del Barrio

1002 N. Grande Ave.
Breakfast Bowl with bacon from Barista del Barrio (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Breakfast Bowl with bacon from Barista del Barrio (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Instead of a single massive burro, Barista Del Barrio gives two smaller Breakfast Burritos in each order for $4.75. The burritos include potato, eggs, cheese, beans and your choice of bacon, chorizo, or sausage. It also comes with a side of potent, oregano-fragrant spicy salsa.

To go tortilla-less, get the Breakfast Bowls ($4.75) or the Vegan Tamale ($5.25).

Keep up with Barista Del Barrio on Facebook.

Rollies Mexican Patio

4573 S. 12th Ave.
Picoso Torta at Rollies Mexican Patio (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Picoso Torta at Rollies Mexican Patio (Credit: Jackie Tran)

You won’t go hungry with the generous portions at Rollies. The Picoso ($7.95) is a Sonoran chili fried chicken torta with habanero coleslaw and pickled onion served with fries (tots pictured above).

Keep up with Rollies Mexican Patio on Facebook

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Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com.

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