We are sitting in a cafe in Manila with free wi-fi and have just enjoyed the breakfast buffet which cost $5 each. The food was good.
Burma was full of inexpensive good meals. Yum!
What is the cheapest "good" meal you have gotten? Where and what did you eat?
In Bangkok, Terminal 21 offers Fastfood meals priced at US$1. For the same price, more or less, you get a bowl of savory Phô in Phô 2000 in Vietnam.
Grilled and fried chicken US$1 dishes in the Philippines can also be had.
Homer Simpson says beer is good food.
Currently on Malapascua Island, Philippines where you can get a beer at happy hour for $1.
What a bargain!
Madagascar, Nosy Be - Chez Mama, on the beach at a local restaurant that didn't look like much with rustic wooden benches and tables, but had the tastiest good hearty food. We were allowed into the tiny kitchen, probably only about 1m x 2m in size, were allowed to look into the four saucepans to see what interested us. They then took half a coconut shell, scooped it full of rice, turned it upside down on the plate and then ladled whatever we chose on the plate next to that. It was more than enough to fill an empty belly and I think it only cost about $1 at the most $1.50. There was Malagasy chicken stew, prawn coconut curry, Beef stew and what was in the last saucepan, I can't remember!
They can't compare with SE Asia prices, but the cheapest good meal I ever ate in North America was a coney in Detroit. With sides it came to around $7. In California, I briefly tried to live on In-N-Out Burger, which costs $8 for a burger and shake. They are insanely addictive.
I've got to come back on that one...but my vote for In-N-Out too....would never live on these...but they are amazing...for info....cheeseburger meal is just around 5.15usd plus tax...with free fountain refile!
Been living for 5 months in Argentina...would be insane to eat at any fast food join there...they've got enough amazing empanadas everywhere...
South East Asia is indeed pretty amazing...having lived there close to the last 17 years...or just a little north from there...but found out lately that Panama is not bad...and what to say of a seafood basket in Mozambique!
Life is great...life is one meal at a time...one thing for sure...we live only once, we are young only once...and for me young is soon part of the past...so no way I could lock myself for months in a place where food is not amazing. Don't forget...time goes by...not us...
the cheapest must have been in Cambodia in Kratie...full meal on the street consisted of rice/pasta, grilled meat and some stewed veg for under 2$;-) Indonesia was very cheap for Nasi Goreng at 1$ each;-)
Philippines were the best for cheap and good beer though...their price cannot be matched anywhere else we have been to;-)
Street food in Penang is very well priced - on Christmas Day, I ate Char Kway Teow (noodles with chilli, prawns and egg) from a stall in Chinatown for only a dollar.
New York City is full of delicious, cheap eats (and some really expensive eats too). My favorite: falafel/tabbouleh "sandwich" from Mamouns on MacDouglal Street, near Washington Square. Hands down my favorite work lunch. Used to be $2; think it has since gone up to $3, but you can now add hummus or baba ganouj at no extra cost.
And while I will agree with In & Out being a good burger chain, though I wouldn't necessarily characterize it as cheap. But for that price-point, Shake Shake burgers are an edge above In & Out in my opinion.
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I had In-N-Out and Steak N Shake on the same road trip. Both are pretty cheap, and both are very good. I consider In-N-Out to have the edge. I also ate at Waffle House on that trip, which costs slightly more than both, but has a wider range of food. They are my favorite chain restraunt in the United States.
Cebu larsian in Cebu city, with a wide variety of grilled foods from sea foods, chicken and pork. It's cheap and delicious.
Bangkok - especially Thai food courts or night markets. My favorite place to eat by far was on the top floor of Big C on Rajdamri, right across the street from Central World. $1-$2 for a heaping plate of delicious Thai food. Also the OnNut night market has great food, especially the tom kha gai
I'd forgotten until this week when we made a recommendation to a fellow travel blogger---
When in Cabo San Lucas try Gordo's Lele.
Good cheap food....and he sings Beatles songs.
This is a real treat.
Roti Canai and a cup of coffee for breakfast for about $2 or a little less in Penang and KL. Also had some great roti canai in Langkawi for about $1.50. In Melbourne - a giant bowl of pho in Springvale will set you back about $7 and is probably the best priced meal you'll get in our over-priced city, at the moment.
I found tons of good, cheap street food in the Balkans like a kebab and burek. Even the meals at decent, sit-down restaurants in this region are really cheap, much cheaper than the McDonald's in these places, which I understood but still found funny.