The Inland Northwest has a good mix of options for fun, flavorful Mexican food

Cheap Eats

click to enlarge DeLeon's Taco & Bar boasts a long list of affordable and filling tacos. - STUART DANFORD PHOTO
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DeLeon's Taco & Bar boasts a long list of affordable and filling tacos.

When it comes to cheap eats, Mexican food has it perfected. From taco trucks to brick and mortar shops, Spokane (like Taqueria Fiesta Brava) and North Idaho (try out Nina Mary's) have numerous options for those who are dining on a budget but want a good, hardy, authentic and, most importantly, cheap meal.

DeLeon's Taco & Bar,
1801 N. Hamilton, 863-9591

The beloved DeLeon's, which has locations in the South Hill, Spokane Valley and up north by Whitworth, has made its way to the University District to bring its deals to Gonzaga students and the surrounding community. With signature margaritas along with a fully stocked bar and amazing taco deals, this restaurant is a must for anyone who loves a nice cheap meal. Their tacos range from $2.75 to $4.75 and are a steal for the quality of food. The Holy Tacos, named after its creator chef Jesus (according to the menu), are made with tender marinated skirt steak, cilantro and onions on a corn tortilla. Order two or three of those and you have yourself a full meal for under $10.

Tacos El Sol,
3422 N. Division, 516-2554

While this place is known for tacos — hence the name — I decided to switch it up and go for an enchilada because finding one under $10 has proven to be quite difficult. This place delivered a delicious enchilada that was filling and within my price range. They offer beef, pork and chicken enchiladas, served by the pair with green salsa, cilantro, onions, queso fresco and sour cream along with rice and beans on the side. Tacos El Sol knows how to make cheap, traditional, simple, delicious food perfect for a quick bite.

La Michoacana Mini Market,
9907 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley, 926-8251

This place has a deli, bakery, candy shop and full bar as well as a fully functioning sit-down restaurant. So, in short, this place is bound to fill any of your Mexican food needs. While some menu items are more expensive, the portions definitely justify the price. I got a quesadilla with salsa, guacamole and sour cream, and it was incredibly filling. Check this place out if you're looking for some delicious, affordable food — and a one-of-a-kind experience.

Atilano's,
12210 N. Division, 466-2847

Atilano's is the place to go when you're in need of some cheap, filling and tasty food, with six locations stretching from Airway Heights to Coeur d'Alene, north Spokane to downtown. I ordered the Washington burrito (grilled chicken, potatoes, sour cream, guacamole and cheese) for $5 and Mexi fries for $2.40. Talk about a full meal for under $10, the burrito was literally the size of my head and I got a full to-go box of Mexi fries and made two meals out of this order.

With so many locations, Atilano's is an Inland Northwest favorite thanks to their huge menu and cheap prices. You won't break the bank and you won't be disappointed.

Burrito Loco,
3115 E. Mission, 919-7980

Burrito Loco has perfected the breakfast burrito. Made with eggs, potatoes, ham, bacon, cheese and salsa, this dish is guaranteed to satisfy your burrito and breakfast needs. The burrito itself is huge; both my housemate and I were able to get two meals out of our burritos. If you order in the morning you can get the breakfast burrito at a discounted price. They also have a worthy happy hour when customers can get two beers for $5, five tacos for $5, $1 off food specials and $1 off burritos. With lovely customer service and delicious food, this place is a must for a cheap bite. ♦

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