We've all heard the expression before: "A dollar just doesn't go as far as it used to." It conjures visions of a crotchety old-timer sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch, scolding the rowdy teens to keep their music down. Now even the kids apply the adage, recalling the days of yore when songs cost 99 cents instead of $1.29.
Getting a bite to eat is no exception to rising costs, but there are places scattered across the Treasure Valley where you don't have to spend $10 to fill yourself up. Los Betos has a bargain hunter's bounty of options, and regardless of price, the food tastes pretty darn good, too.
Whether you're trying to save a dollar or two, are looking for a treat or just simply want a good place to grab a meal, you're welcome at Los Betos. It's open 24 hours a day, so even those with the busiest schedules can find time to drop by.
With lower prices, the expectation is for food sizes to get smaller. (How many times have you ordered a $1 burger and thought you would be more full eating the dollar bill itself?) But there's no skimping at Los Betos. Burritos, enchiladas and even the side orders of refried beans or rice are colossal. You and your wallet will be full - but don't leave before you get a free refill for the road.
Pie Hole, 205 N. 8th St., Boise, 344-7783; 1016 Broadway Ave., Boise, 424-2225; pieholeusa.com; 726 N. Main St., Meridian, 888-0842
Flying Pie Pizzaria, 6508 Fairview Ave., Boise, 345-0000; 4320 W. State St., Boise, 384-0000; 601 S. Main St., Meridian, 888-9500; flyingpie.com
The Gyro Shack, 6935 W. Overland Road, Boise, 375-7424; 5602 W. State St., Boise, 853-2684, thegyroshack.net
Pizza Guy, 337 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 466-4540, yopizzaguy.com