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The Frugal Foodie's Guide

57 regional spots where you can fill up for under $10

FOR STARTERS

1. Cornerstone Coffeehouse 

For only $2.75 the breakfast cookie comes loaded with all of the good stuff to start the day and none of the bad stuff to drag you down. 
thecornerstonecoffeehouse.com / 2133 Market St., Camp Hill, PA

2. Colonial Coffee Shop

Try the Belgian waffle with sausage and bacon, cheesy omelets, or scrambled eggs with feta. 
938 George St., York, PA 

3. Café One Eight

“Eggcellent” egg sandwiches made fresh on the grill—and they’re only $5! Try the Green Eggs & Tomato: an everything bagel with eggs, spinach, tomato and cheddar cheese. 
cafe1eight.com / 18 W. Orange St., Lancaster, PA

4. S. Clyde Weaver 

The baked oatmeal is awesome, and it comes in seasonal flavors ($3.99).
sclydeweaver.com / Regional locations

5. Thom’s Bread 

Grab a freshly made everything bagel with real jalapeno cream cheese for $2.39. On Waffle Wednesdays Thom’s famous sugar waffles are a great grab-n-go for $1 off.
thomsbread.com / 113A Butler Ave., Lancaster, PA

 

ASIAN PERSAUSION

1. Rice & Noodles and Sprout 

Where else can you get full for just $4? The 
Vietnamese bahn mi houses your choice of fillings in a French roll. Vermicelli salad bowls are a Lancaster summer staple. And pho feeds two for under $8 (we love the vegetarian soup too). 
riceandnoodlesrestaurant.com / 1238 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA / 58 N. Prince St., Lancaster, PA 

2. Onions Café 

This eclectic cornerstone of the quirky 300 block combines Korean and American cuisine including bi bim bop, dumplings and diner classics like fresh turkey sandwiches and breakfasts. 
340 N. Queen St., Lancaster, PA

3. Korealicious 

Korean tacos, burritos and bulgogi burgers play on American faves, or you can go traditional with bi bim bop and kimchi pancakes.  
korealiciousfusion.com / 829 State St. Suite 1007, Lemoyne, PA

4. Yuzu

​Grab a bento box for lunch at Yuzu for 10 bucks and get an entire entrée with soup, salad, rice and a roll, plus an appetizer. 
yuzuasiancuisine.com / 12 E. McGovern Ave., Lancaster, PA

 

PIZZA PLEASERS

1. Iron Hill Brewery 

Grab two pizzas and a growler fill for $25 any night of the week and that’s dinner—and drinks—for two (or more).
ironhillbrewery.com / 781 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA

2. Caeser’s

Get “The Big Slice” for $3.25. 
caeserpizza.com / 1125 Roosevelt Ave., York, PA

3. Subway Café

We love this little dive bar’s quirkiness, right down to its upside-down personal pizza for $6.50.
subwaycafepizza.com / 1000 Herr St., Harrisburg, PA

4. The Fridge

Known for foodie flavors like kale and gruyere. Get a slice ($3-3.50) or a whole pizza and choose from over 100 kinds of craft beer to wash it down.
beerfridgelancaster.com / 534 N. Mulberry St., Lancaster, PA

 

HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS

1. Fifth Fridays 

Fifth Fridays in downtown York are happening with $5 bar snacks and drink specials March 31, June 30, Sept 29 and Dec 29.

2. Left Bank

Six apps for $6 on Wednesdays; those in the know, go.
leftbankyork.com / 120 N. George St., York, PA

3. Springhouse Brewing Company 

One dollar oysters 5-7 p.m. and 6 for $4.50 on Monday nights.
springhousebeer.com / 209 Hazel St., Lancaster, PA

4. Fenz

Go for “Rush Hour” from 4 to 6 p.m. weeknights, when the well drinks and bar bites are half off, for double the fun. 
fenzrestaurant.com / 398 Harrisburg Ave. #100, Lancaster, PA

5. The Millworks

The $5 meatloaf sliders are to die for.
millworksharrisburg.com / 340 Verbeke St., Harrisburg, PA

6. TrÖegs 

Get the $4 basket of brown butter rosemary popcorn (it’s huge), and wash it down with a pint of scratch beer. 
troegs.com / 200 E. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, PA

 

TO MARKET

1. Broad Street Market

Try Ougi’s Cocina for authentic Puerto Rican food, Porter House for Jamaican food and Tep’s Seafood for a yummy fish dinner. 
broadstreetmarket.org / 1233 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, PA

2. West Shore Farmers Market 

Get 5 empanadas for $2 from MidSt8 Tacos.
westshorefarmersmarket.com / 900 Market St., Lemoyne, PA

3. York Central Market 

Bair’s Fried Chicken on a First Friday is always a good idea.
centralmarketyork.com / 34 W. Philadelphia St., York, PA

4. Lancaster Central Market 

Saife’s falafel pita will fill you up for 4 bucks. 
centralmarketlancaster.com / 23 N. Market St., Lancaster, PA

 

IF YOU DIG DINERS

1. Central Family Restaurant

The banana bread French toast is the breakfast bomb. There are lots of options to choose from here like $8.99 buffalo burgers, $7.50 Reubens and $7.50 gyros. 
eatatcentral.com / 400 N. George St., York, PA  

2. Lyndon Diner

We like the chicken croquettes, the bananas Foster French toast ($7.49) and the short rib grilled cheese.
lyndondiner.com / 1370 Manheim Pike, Lancaster, PA / 1353 Kenneth Road, York, PA

3. Front Street Diner

Try the classics like steak and eggs, 
chocolate chip pancakes, rice pudding and honey-dipped chicken. 
frontstreetdiner.com / 4003 N. Front St., Harrisburg, PA

4. Capitol Diner

Try the veggie omelet ($6.99) or the BLT club sandwich ($7.99).
800 Eisenhower Blvd., Harrisburg, PA

5. Neptune Diner 

Red Velvet Pancakes ($5.50), 11 flavors of milkshakes (starting at $4.25), meatloaf EVERYTHING and gyros. 
theneptunediner.com / 924 N. Prince St., Lancaster, PA

6. Brickerville House Restaurant 

Cinnamon bun pancakes, French press coffee, burgers, chicken corn soup—yum! 
brickervillehouserestaurant.com / 2 E. 28th Division Highway, Lititz, PA

 

LOCO FOR TACOS

1. Tacos y Tortas

The Torta Cubana is a local favorite at $7.50.
43 E. Walnut St., Hanover, PA

2. Mi Caldero

Authentic Puerto Rican food at its finest. Try the shrimp empanadillas for $2.99. 
605 S. George St. #120, York, PA

3. Mexitaly

They have 12 kinds of burritos; need we say more? Hard or soft shell taco platters with three tacos, rice and beans are just $8.99.
mexitaly.com / 2440 E. Market St., York, PA

4. Gran Sabor Latino

You have to try the empanadas, only $1.50!
120 N. Franklin St., Lancaster, PA

5. Cocina Mexicana 

Authentic Mexican food, including tacos filled with everything from tilapia to carne asada for $2.50 each. We’ll take two al pastor style with pork and pineapple. 
cocinamexicanalancaster.com / 47 N. Prince St., Lancaster, PA

6. El Pueblito 

Awesome lamb barbacoa tacos, tortas and al pastor. 
1027 Dillerville Road, Lancaster, PA

7. El Sol Express 

Get your choice of three tacos, rice and beans and a salad for $8.99.
elsolmexicanrestaurant.com / 3401 Hartzdale Dr., Camp Hill, PA

8. Lancaster Dispensing Company

Dollar taco night at DipCo on Mondays is a Lancaster calendar staple.
dispensingco.com / 33-35 N. Market St., Lancaster, PA

9. Fat Pigs 

You can get $2 and $3 tacos on Thursdays.
fatpigslancaster.com / 415 N. Prince St. #100, Lancaster, PA

10. Taqueria Laurita

Tamales, empanadas and tostadas…yum.
taquerialaurita.com / 150 W. High St., Carlisle PA

 

7 SWEET TREAT SHOP

1. Helena’s Chocolate Café and Creperie 

Espresso macarons, Oreo cheesecake crepes and more. 
helenascafe.com / 36 W. High St., Carlisle, PA

2. Leo’s Homemade Ice Cream

98 flavors including buttered almond, strawberry walnut and lemon custard. 
leoshomemadeicecream.com / 816 W. High St., Carlisle, PA

3. Rachel’s Café & Creperie

Nutella crepe, anyone? 
rachelscreperie.com / 201 W. Walnut St., Lancaster, PA

4. Lancaster Cupcakes

Try the strawberry cheesecake flavor for $2.97. Seriously—you’ll love it. 
lancastercupcake.com / 24 W. Orange St., Lancaster, PA

5. Sweet Willows Creamery

The flavors change all the time, but a few of the standbys include wild Maine 
blueberry, Indonesian Sumatra and butter pecan. They have dairy-free options too. 
sweetwillows.com / 2812 E. Prospect Road, York, PA

6. Janina’s Bakery and Café

There are eight Danish flavors to choose from here, and you just have to try the almond croissant for $2.85.
janinasfinedesserts.com / 176 Leader Heights Road, York, PA

7. Jacquelyn’s Bakeshop & Café 

Macarons, cupcakes, pastries and more. They offer gluten-free options as well.
1785 Baltimore Pike, Suite B, Hanover, PA

 

BURGERS WITH BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

1. The Belvedere Inn 

Get Kobe sliders for just a buck each on 
Mondays at the bar.
belvederelancaster.com / 402 N. Queen St., Lancaster, PA

2. Burger Yum 

Try the Classic Yum for only $4.49.
burgeryum.com / 400 N. 2nd St., Harrisburg, PA

3. Jethro's

Those in the know go Monday nights to this neighborhood gem for $7.50 burger night and their gourmet open face style.
jethrosrestaurantandbar.com / 659 First St., Lancaster, PA 

4. The Jackson House

Get in line early for lunch–at $5 with a cult following, they sell out fast.
1004 N. 6th St., Harrisburg, PA

5. Lancaster Dispensing Company 

Burger night Tuesdays offers six different styles with waffle fries at $6.95 each. 
dispensingco.com / 33-35 N. Market St., Lancaster, PA

6. The Roosevelt Tavern

With $3 off the pub menu on Thursdays, you can get a dry aged Skyblu Farms burger—voted the best in York—for just eight bucks.
roosevelttavern.com / 50 N. Penn St., York, PA

7. White Rose Bar and Grill 

Try the half price burger on Sundays.
whiterosebarandgrill.com / 48 N. Beaver St., York, PA

 

GAS STATION GRUB

1. Cafe Halal 

An unassuming spot to find a freshly made sesame studded falafel pita ($5.99) or tikka and chana masala platters with an addictive raita ($7.99 each). Call ahead to pick up and avoid the wait—just don’t forget the baklava ($1 each).
Gas Plus, 1902 Oregon Pike, Lancaster 

2. Gorkhali Kitchen

This is where the West Side goes to get their Indian grub on.
Sunoco Gas Station, 1000 Columbia Ave., Lancaster, PA

 

BANGIN' BUFFETS

1. Himalayan Curry & Grill

The Monday through Friday lunch buffet is a steal at $9.95.
himalayanlancaster.com / 22 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA

2. Passage to India

The everyday lunch buffet is popular here too, but don’t miss out on a mango lassi made with homemade yogurt and topped with pistachios for $3.95.
passagetoindiaharrisburgpa.com / 520 Race St., Harrisburg, PA

 

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