Five Buck Lunch

Nothing is better than taking your sweet self out to lunch. Luckily, the South Sound has options to take a break in your day without breaking the bank. Here are some of our favorite spots.

Tacos
Los 3 Hermanos Taqueria
You can’t go wrong with a taco truck lunch. These wheeled wonders serve up fresh Mexican flavors on the cheap. The Los 3 Hermanos truck on 12th Avenue in Tacoma is one of our favorite spots. With single tacos starting at $1.25, you can get a platter, or lunch, for a fiver!

Hot Dog
The Red Hot
The Red Hot is one of the best spots for an inexpensive lunch in Tacoma. Go with a classic dog, or choose a creative bite for around $4-$5. Be adventurous and try the protein bomb that is the Hound Dog — bacon and peanut butter on a dog.

Slice of Pizza
Vic’s Pizzeria
Vic’s in Olympia offers specialties by the slice, like the Lovely Rita — topped with cashews, sweet potato, sundried tomato, feta, and a drizzle of basil pesto. Slices range from $2 for cheese and up to $4.50 for specialty slices.

Baked potato
Stadium Thriftway
Baked potatoes are one of the ultimate comfort foods — topped with sour cream, bacon bits, and cheese. Stadium Thriftway in Tacoma has a baked potato bar where you can build your own spud. $3.95

Lumpia
Lumpia World
Sometimes you want crispy, flavorful, and fried for lunch. Lumpia from Lumpia World will hit the spot. Try ginger pork, steak, or lemongrass chicken — it’s all good. Visit Lumpia World in Browns Point, or find the food truck! Lumpia is $1.25 each.

Bahn Mi
Pho King
This Tacoma pho joint is well-loved for a reason. The pho is hot and perfect for a fall day. But the real deal here is the uber-cheap bahn mi sandwich. A crusty baguette, great meat, pate, and veggies — at only $3.75 you can’t go wrong.

Chowder
Northern Fish Co.
Few things are better than fresh seafood by the water. Northern Fish Co. isn’t just a seafood store; it also has a walk-up restaurant. Try the classic clam chowder or the rich and creamy smoked salmon chowder.
$4.25 regular; $4.75 large.

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