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Thursday, October 19, 2006

The $2 lunch

posted by on October 19 at 10:02 AM

I never eat fast food hamburgers, and when I do, there’s usually a reason that has something to do with whiskey. But today, hell-bent on spending less than $2 on lunch, I tried in vain to find a McDonald’s in downtown Seattle. I just moved here, okay? It turns out I totally missed the outpost at 3rd and Pine. And now I’ve found this disturbing internet tool that could help me plan a road trip without ever losing a chance to indulge in the dollar menu.

Where else can I get a $2 lunch?

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Welcome to Seattle, Angela! I don't remember the exact price, but you could try a nice piroshki in Pike Place Market.

Posted by Gabriel | October 19, 2006 10:09 AM

QFC deli case... a wrap sandwich

Posted by Phenics | October 19, 2006 10:09 AM

Grab a ban mi sandwich at any decent Vietnamese deli for $1.50 - $2.50.

Posted by timebomb | October 19, 2006 10:18 AM

a $2.00 lunch in Seattle? A nice dream. A liter drink and a bag of chips is about two bucks. Think $5.00 and you are still coming up about $2.00 short.

However, the teriyaki place on the corner of Pike and Second... salad, rice & chicken... $4.00 and change, add a can of coke, ---$5.25, tax included.

Posted by The Peanut Gallery | October 19, 2006 10:18 AM

seattle deli
225 12th Ave. S.
vietnamese sanwiches

Posted by Daranee | October 19, 2006 10:20 AM

In Downtown?!

Starvation, that's where.

(There's also a McDonald's on 3rd/Pine)

Posted by Gomez | October 19, 2006 10:20 AM

Dicks! Of course!

Posted by snacky | October 19, 2006 10:22 AM

Humbow or BBQ pork skewer at Mee Sum in the market!

Posted by blah | October 19, 2006 10:24 AM

TimeBomb is spot on. Vietnamese sandwiches. You can also try the taco trucks 1.50 taco plus a strawberry PeƱafiel for 1.00. Some trucks have 1.00 Sopes and 1.00 Horchatas. A somosa(sp?) across the street from the columbia tower with a coke. You can also get 2.00 full lunches at Columbia tower after 3:00 P.M. when the buffets sell whats left, but be careful, Council staffers who come down from the hall get all the best grub and leave us the leaves. =)

Posted by SeMe | October 19, 2006 10:25 AM

Beans and rice at La Vaca Burrito Express over on the corner of First and Pike (Next to DeLaurenti)

Posted by The Red Puma | October 19, 2006 10:45 AM

I believe the McDonald's you refer to is one block down at 3rd and Pine.

Posted by Will | October 19, 2006 10:56 AM

Costco-- the time honored $1.50 hot dog and pop. It's been the same price since I was ten.

Posted by Jessica | October 19, 2006 11:12 AM

Blue C sushi in fremont has $1 sushi at happy hour. A cucumber roll and a spicy tuna, and call yourself satisfied.

Posted by Gurldoggie | October 19, 2006 11:51 AM

How about under $3? Daily special at Subway is $2.75 w/tax. New Vietnamese Restaurant (on 3rd facing the McDonalds) has bahn mi for about the same.

A hot dog stand in Westlake Park (next to See's Candies) has a $2-3 lunch special. Haven't tried it.

A bunch of stuff in the market is $3-4 (gyros, half sand at Three Girls Bakery).

Posted by Troy | October 19, 2006 11:55 AM

Get a pellet gun and hunt squirrel

Posted by fromohio | October 19, 2006 12:18 PM

LOL 3rd and Pine is only block down from 3rd and Pine.

However, being a giant cheapskate myself who often works downtown, I'm liking these suggestions. Keep em coming!

Posted by Gomez | October 19, 2006 12:27 PM

I agree about the taco trucks, but does anyone know of any within walking distance of either Cap Hill or downtown? (Though downtown isn't always within walking distance of downtown.) Are there any disturbing taco internet tools?

Posted by Sarah | October 19, 2006 12:57 PM

There is one truck downtown at the Casa headqurters in Belltown, is not as good, and the meat is suspect, and I hate to say this, but if youre a white girl youre going to have to put up with some "mamacita" calls, but no biggie. One of the better trucks is close to downtown. is the one near the old chubby and tubby site. But you better hurry before Darryl(budhist) Smith runs them out of there to make way for a Budhist temple. Their sopes arent as good, but theyre cheap and good. And they have good hangover( cruda) cures: Tripe soup.

The one on Graham and Rainier is one of the better ones, is the one I go to, and the one in White Center thats around the corner from the Carniceria is really, really good. The one on MLK across from the Mc Donalds is guranteed diahreah (sp?)

There will soon be one near Jackson and Rainier.

Posted by SeMe | October 19, 2006 1:07 PM

remember the chicken san at Jack is just .99 - get two and drink free water - filling lunch, lower fat the beef burgers - with lettuce, they do extra lettuce for free as well

Posted by Jack | October 19, 2006 1:30 PM

I knew about way down Rainier, and way out in White Center (also way up Aurora), but Jackson & Rainier? That's in my tiny little everyday orbit!

Posted by Sarah (a white girl) | October 19, 2006 1:35 PM

When the mood strikes, Fast Food Maps is the answer:

Sometimes you just need the gut rot.

Posted by G | October 19, 2006 1:57 PM

The food court at Westlake Center/Mall has cheap eats... but $2.00 is kind of pushing it. (btw, there is also another Mc-D's there as well).

Posted by Phenics | October 19, 2006 2:10 PM

You can certainly do better than this, but I think Taco Bell also has a value menu. So does KFC in the shadow of the Stranger's headquarters.

But the Taco Truck and the Vietnamese Sandwich are definitely the two best for the buck bets. I eat those even when I'm not being cheap.

If the limit is $5, then you start getting into Pho and good Burrito territory, which is all good with me (and more filling).

The Bahn Me is really the only item described so far that will actually fill me up for $2, though.

Posted by j-lon | October 19, 2006 2:11 PM

There's also a McDeath at 6th and Stewart/Virginia across from the Westin.

For $2 you can get some excellently bad fried food (corn dogs, chicken, burritos, etc) at the Qwick-E mart on Pike St btwn 1st and 2nd or Saveway on Occidental, too.

Posted by Mr. X | October 19, 2006 2:34 PM

If you like humbow try the deli in the Viet Wah supermarket near 12th and Jackson. Soft steamy dough filled with boiled eggs and juicy pork - about the size of a softball for under $2.

The taco truck in White Center (Ensenada?)is fantastic!

Posted by timebomb | October 20, 2006 9:49 AM

I think it's called La Fondiata, actually (just off 15th across from New Angkor Market, right?).

Posted by Mr. X | October 20, 2006 1:58 PM

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