How to Eat Lunch in Downtown Tempe for $5 or Less EVERY DAY

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I learned very quickly how easy it is to drop $15 on lunch every day when I started working in downtown Tempe. However, this doesn't have to be the case! Just because we're surrounded with good freaking mouth-watering food doesn't mean we need to break the bank everytime we want to enjoy it. 

Here is a simple meal plan to help you eat for $5 or less EVERY SINGLE DAY in Downtown Tempe.


$5 “The Fancy Pork” sandwich at Dickey’s BBQ PitEvery day, all day
My momma always said the secret to life is to start every work week with a BBQ pork sandwich…okay, she didn’t say that, but this pork sammy is a super tasty lunch and awesomely priced! Also, their brioche buns are on point.

Photo: Dickey's BBQ


This day deserves its own scrumptious, taco-y blog post entirely… which we have for your viewing pleasure riiiight here.   

We’ll give you a couple of non-taco related deals too…

50% off frozen yogurt at Mojo YogurtTuesdays only, all day.
Check their Facebook page ( for the “word of the day” and mention it at check out for your half-off deal.

Photo: Mojo Yogurt
BOGO at US FriesTuesdays only, all day.
Buy one get one free on the entire menu! You’ll need to bring a friend for this one to be under $5, but chances are you’re going with a pal anyway, right?


$3 Gyro at Med FreshWednesdays only, 11-3
Make sure to bring cash – their minimum credit card purchase is $10.

$2 Sliders at Whiskey Row, Wednesdays only, all day.
These babies are usually $4 each, so this is definitely the day to swing in and try a couple! Choose between Meatball, Picnic Chicken, or your classic American.

Photo: Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row


$4.89 “The Big One” burger at Chuck Box, Every day, all day
Squash that burger craving with their “pride and joy” 1/3lb burger, and for under $5, that’s a win! Remember, this is a cash-only joint!

$5 Hotdog at Bacus Bro’s HotdogsEvery day, all day

Customize your dog with your choice of bun type (white, stadium, or pretzel), free veggies (onion, tomato, jalapeno, pepperoncini, pickle, black olive, green pepper, sport pepper), and a whole slew of complimentary condiments. Are you drooling yet?


$4.50 Bowl of Clam Chowder at Rula BulaFriday only, all day
… and for just a mere 50 cents over our $5 budget, they have a French Onion Soup (my fav) every day. This triple digit weather has nothing on true soup lovers… am I right?


$5 Tri-Tip breakfast burrito at The Grill on MillSaturday and Sunday, all day.

$1 Cheese Slices at
NYPD Pizza,Saturday 11-5, M-F 3-7
One. Single. Doll hair.


$4 Walnut Toast at Postino's Wine Cafe, Sunday Brunch
With triple crème brie and house made berry preserves... I mean, COME. ON.

$3.75 Pizza slices at Spinelli’sEvery day, all day
These slices are HUGE… and so, so good.

$5 “The Marathoner” smoothie at NCounterEvery day, all day
All of NCounter’s smoothies are $5, but we love the Marathoner because A. it’s super extra delicious and B. it has that protein powder, bruh.

Photo: Ncounter

So there you have it, a list of my super affordable go-to's. What are some of your favorite palces in Downtown Tempe to grab a bite on a budget? Post a photo on Instagram or Facebook and tag it with #DowntownTempe so we can all drool a little... ;)

*Prices and promotions subject to change. 

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Daily Jam
310 S Mill Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281

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Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row
640 S Mill Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281

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Med Fresh Grill
414 S Mill Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281

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NYPD Pizza
222 S Mill Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281

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Postino Wine Cafe
615 S College Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281

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Rula Bula Irish Pub & Restaurant
401 S Mill Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281

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Spinelli's Pizzeria
420 S Mill Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281

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