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Bang for Your Buck: The Best Happy Hours Nationwide Slideshow

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10) Famous Dave's

It’s more of an early-bird special than a happy hour because it doesn’t involve drinks, but it’s worth including because the food is cheap, and you don’t need to be sitting at the bar to order it. The offer varies slightly according to location, but this menu from Famous Dave’s BBQ’s Little Rock, Ark., outpost should give you a pretty good idea of what’s available at your local branch. Just $5.99 will get you a baked potato stuffed with BBQ meat, and you can get salads, sandwiches with one side, and combo specials as well, all for between $6.50 and $8.50. The offer is available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

9) Ruth's Chris Steak House

While just about every menu item at this high-roller’s steak house is rather pricey, if you sit at the bar during certain hours from Monday through Friday you can enjoy some top-quality offerings for just seven bucks. Items available include a burger, lobster roll, or sliced filet mignon sandwich with fries, seared ahi tuna, sliders, beef tenderloin skewers (left), or spicy fried lobster, and drinks include select wines and beers, Cosmos, Manhattans, margaritas, Moscow Mules, or pomegranate martinis.

8) Benihana

Even this popular-if-pricey chain of hibachi restaurants has a happy hour. While it also varies according to location (call ahead to make sure one is offered at your local branch), in Florida it runs from Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the bar area, and offers half-off beer, sushi, and appetizers.

7) Morton's The Steakhouse

Morton’s is generally in the "expense account" breed of restaurants, but they have a little-known bar menu with items starting at just $6. Mini prime cheeseburgers, oysters, shrimp cocktail, filet mignon sandwiches, mini crabcake BLTs, and fresh-cut potato chips with blue cheese dressing are all included in the deal. While exact prices and times vary according to location, the location in Baltimore offers the specials from 5 pm. To 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

6) The Palm

Established in 1926, The Palm is certainly a "special occasion" steakhouse. Every day except for Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., though, they offer a "Half Off Primetime" menu at participating locations. Beers, wines by the glass, and some premium spirits are all half-off during these hours, as well as "Prime Bites" including sliders (in burger, lobster roll, and barbecue chicken meatball varieties), crabcakes, fried shrimp, and lobster and bacon fondue. At the Charlotte, N.C., Chicago, New York (Tribeca), and Philadelphia locations, all Prime Bites are only $5.50.

5) Fleming's

This chain of steakhouses might be on the expensive end of things, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t offer a solid happy hour at the bar. Their "5 for $6 ‘Til 7" happy hour is nothing short of a steal, with five top-shelf cocktails, five wines by the glass, and five appetizers (including pan-crisped pork belly, sweet chile calamari, beef carpaccio, and barbecue shrimp) all available for just $6 until 7 p.m., seven nights a week. Some locations even offer two Blue Moon seasonals for just six bucks as well.

3) Red Lobster

At most Red Lobster locations, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, select beers are $3, wines are $4, and appetizers are $5. Those appetizers include chile ginger shrimp (left), Southwest chicken pizza, Buffalo chicken bites, fried calamari, and shrimp tacos.

2) P.F. Chang's

This classy chain of Chinese restaurants offers a true bargain of a happy hour. While prices and hours vary according to location, that info is available if you search for your local outpost online. At the location in White Plains, N.Y., for example, the deal runs from 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Beer starts at just $2.75, wines cost $5, and cocktails $6, and a wide assortment of dim sum and "street fare" sells for as low as $3. The most expensive item, crispy Dynamite shrimp, costs just $7.

1) McCormick and Schmick’s

Most outposts of McCormick and Schmick’s, the chain best known for its steaks and seafood, offer one of the country’s best happy hour menus. At the location in New York City, for example, their happy hour runs from 3:30 p.m. all the way until 7 p.m., Monday to Friday at the bar area. Beer starts at $4 for domestic drafts, well drinks are also just $4, select wine and cocktails are $6, and flavored martinis are $7. And if that’s not enough to lure you through the door, check out the food menu: bruschetta, hummus, and fries are each just $2.95; a cheeseburger and fries is only $3.95; fried calamari, mussels, and spinach dip are $4.95; and fish tacos, peel-and-eat and firecracker shrimp, and wings are just $5.95. Now that’s a happy hour we can love.

4) Ruby Tuesday

Starting at 4 p.m. at all locations except for those in Manhattan and at airports, Ruby Tuesday offers $5 appetizers and, where permitted, $5 Absolut cocktails, seven nights a week. At the Paramus, N.J., location, for example, food and drink specials are available from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., with food items including crabcakes, wings, spinach and artichoke dip, and shrimp fondue available for five bucks.


Bang for your Buck

When you're watching your calorie intake, portion control is essential, but when you're on a budget, the opposite is true more is usually better. As any thrifty diner will tell you, larger portion sizes mean you might have lunch and dinner covered, either because you're too stuffed to think about your next meal or because there's some left over for later. Check out these places where you're going to get a good meal and then some.

Chorizo, Potato, Beans and Egg Burrito, $7 large

Orlando's Mexican Drive-Up, 451 W. Dalton Ave., Coeur d'Alene, 208-659-2684

This humble drive-up has had a bit of a cult following ever since Orlando closed his walk-in Hayden joint. Fast, friendly and affordable, this place is a must if your idea of breakfast is a burrito that will tide you over until dinner. The veggie burrito ($6/$7) with eggs, beans, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, and pico de gallo is tops, yet if you're more of a meat-and-potatoes fan, try the chile verde ($7/$8) or the chorizo burrito combos ($6-$7.50).

Fried Chicken Dinner, $9.50

Molly's Diner, 224 S. Lincoln, Spokane, 624-4413

We like any place that offers tater tots as a side, which Molly's Diner does for their burger and sandwich specials. That and their sign &mdash featuring a floppy, slightly-irritated looking dog after whom the place is named &mdash never fails to amuse. But it's their large menu, huge portions and low prices that really impresses us. Where else can you get a homestyle dinner like meatloaf or three-piece fried chicken dinner with salad or soup and not just one but three sides (including tots) for under $10?

Kyle's Quesadilla Burger, $8.95

Hoot Owl Cafe, 30784 ID-200, Ponderay, 208-265-9348

Follow your heart at the Hoot Owl, where hearts on the menu definitely don't indicate heart-healthy meals rather they're customer favorites. It's a kitschy, cozy roadside diner jam-packed with all manner of owls &mdash paintings, figurines, wall hangings &mdash and a long history of serving up super-large portions of breakfast and lunch, ranging from classic omelets, salads and sandwiches to funky mashups like Kyle's quesadilla burger, a hefty hand-pressed patty topped with pepper jack cheese, bacon bits, salsa and chipotle, inside a grilled tortilla shell, accompanied by soup, salad or fries.

Hummus Plate, $3.95 and Spinach Pie, $3.95

Mikey's Greek Gyros, 527 S. Main St., Moscow, 208-882-0780

Sometimes being able to stretch your dollar means getting creative in how you order. At Mikey's, one of several Greek places in Vandal country, the key is eating in stages. Start with some hummus ($3.95) served with warm pita, then add a salad like tabouli ($1.85-$2.50) or jump into a meaty entrée like the sweet-ish Leapin' Lizard Chicken or a savory vegetarian entrée like the spinach pie ($3.95). Coordinate with your dining partner and you'll not only have plenty to share, you probably have some a few shekels left for a beer ($3) or baklava ($2).

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Terry's Café, 7815 E. Trent, 924-1481

Most places serve fries with their sandwich selections, but at Terry's, you get a choice of fries, macaroni and cheese, scalloped potatoes and side salad, including macaroni or potato salad. Add one of those to a tuna melt on Texas toast and you're set for the day. Located on busy Trent Avenue within hollering distance of the ever-present trains, the place looks a little like a Western frontier cabin, yet inside, the aroma of griddled meat and coffee tell you that this is going to be a classic diner experience: good food and plenty of it.

Triple B Backhills BBQ on Best food truck, 510 E. Best Ave., Coeur d'Alene, 208-755-3797

Their motto is "never trust a skinny chef," which at Backhills BBQ, translates into meat and more meat. The Best Avenue food truck has gained a following for its smoked tri-tip and pulled pork, which we like combined with their sides: baked beans, pineapple slaw and macaroni and cheese. It's called the Junkyard, and it's only messy if you get it piled onto the quarter-pound Junkyard hot dog ($6.95).

Tycoon Hawaiian Dip, $7.95

Smacky's on Broadway, 6415 E. Broadway, 535-4230

The mishmash of décor and quirky menu go hand-in-hand in this low-key lunch spot: Oil cans hanging from the ceiling, a half-round bar that would look at home in a Quentin Tarantino film, homey wooden paneling on the walls. And the food! Fistfuls of meat nestled in torpedo rolls, ranging from the usual &mdash turkey, roast beef, pastrami &mdash to the unexpected, like blackened chicken or liverwurst. Smacky's goes Polynesian with their Tycoon Hawaiian French Dip, the perfect blend of savory ham, gooey cheese and sweet pineapple.

Lunch Special Beef with Broccoli and Orange Chicken, $7.95

Hong Kong Express, 113 W. Indiana, 328-6888

Don't be intimidated by the bright goldenrod menu packed with hundreds of menu items: lunch and dinner combos, dim sum, moo shu, lo mein, appetizers, party platters for upward of 70 people and more. For $2.25 a plate, dim sum is a great way to stay in budget and try lots of food, and the lunch buffet at two for $10.99 is a ridiculous bargain. We recommend you go with a friend and coordinate lunch specials, choosing one ($5.95) or two items ($7.95), accompanied by the requisite soup, rice and egg roll, for a fast fill-you-up meal. &diams


Bang for your Buck

When you're watching your calorie intake, portion control is essential, but when you're on a budget, the opposite is true more is usually better. As any thrifty diner will tell you, larger portion sizes mean you might have lunch and dinner covered, either because you're too stuffed to think about your next meal or because there's some left over for later. Check out these places where you're going to get a good meal and then some.

Chorizo, Potato, Beans and Egg Burrito, $7 large

Orlando's Mexican Drive-Up, 451 W. Dalton Ave., Coeur d'Alene, 208-659-2684

This humble drive-up has had a bit of a cult following ever since Orlando closed his walk-in Hayden joint. Fast, friendly and affordable, this place is a must if your idea of breakfast is a burrito that will tide you over until dinner. The veggie burrito ($6/$7) with eggs, beans, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, and pico de gallo is tops, yet if you're more of a meat-and-potatoes fan, try the chile verde ($7/$8) or the chorizo burrito combos ($6-$7.50).

Fried Chicken Dinner, $9.50

Molly's Diner, 224 S. Lincoln, Spokane, 624-4413

We like any place that offers tater tots as a side, which Molly's Diner does for their burger and sandwich specials. That and their sign &mdash featuring a floppy, slightly-irritated looking dog after whom the place is named &mdash never fails to amuse. But it's their large menu, huge portions and low prices that really impresses us. Where else can you get a homestyle dinner like meatloaf or three-piece fried chicken dinner with salad or soup and not just one but three sides (including tots) for under $10?

Kyle's Quesadilla Burger, $8.95

Hoot Owl Cafe, 30784 ID-200, Ponderay, 208-265-9348

Follow your heart at the Hoot Owl, where hearts on the menu definitely don't indicate heart-healthy meals rather they're customer favorites. It's a kitschy, cozy roadside diner jam-packed with all manner of owls &mdash paintings, figurines, wall hangings &mdash and a long history of serving up super-large portions of breakfast and lunch, ranging from classic omelets, salads and sandwiches to funky mashups like Kyle's quesadilla burger, a hefty hand-pressed patty topped with pepper jack cheese, bacon bits, salsa and chipotle, inside a grilled tortilla shell, accompanied by soup, salad or fries.

Hummus Plate, $3.95 and Spinach Pie, $3.95

Mikey's Greek Gyros, 527 S. Main St., Moscow, 208-882-0780

Sometimes being able to stretch your dollar means getting creative in how you order. At Mikey's, one of several Greek places in Vandal country, the key is eating in stages. Start with some hummus ($3.95) served with warm pita, then add a salad like tabouli ($1.85-$2.50) or jump into a meaty entrée like the sweet-ish Leapin' Lizard Chicken or a savory vegetarian entrée like the spinach pie ($3.95). Coordinate with your dining partner and you'll not only have plenty to share, you probably have some a few shekels left for a beer ($3) or baklava ($2).

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Terry's Café, 7815 E. Trent, 924-1481

Most places serve fries with their sandwich selections, but at Terry's, you get a choice of fries, macaroni and cheese, scalloped potatoes and side salad, including macaroni or potato salad. Add one of those to a tuna melt on Texas toast and you're set for the day. Located on busy Trent Avenue within hollering distance of the ever-present trains, the place looks a little like a Western frontier cabin, yet inside, the aroma of griddled meat and coffee tell you that this is going to be a classic diner experience: good food and plenty of it.

Triple B Backhills BBQ on Best food truck, 510 E. Best Ave., Coeur d'Alene, 208-755-3797

Their motto is "never trust a skinny chef," which at Backhills BBQ, translates into meat and more meat. The Best Avenue food truck has gained a following for its smoked tri-tip and pulled pork, which we like combined with their sides: baked beans, pineapple slaw and macaroni and cheese. It's called the Junkyard, and it's only messy if you get it piled onto the quarter-pound Junkyard hot dog ($6.95).

Tycoon Hawaiian Dip, $7.95

Smacky's on Broadway, 6415 E. Broadway, 535-4230

The mishmash of décor and quirky menu go hand-in-hand in this low-key lunch spot: Oil cans hanging from the ceiling, a half-round bar that would look at home in a Quentin Tarantino film, homey wooden paneling on the walls. And the food! Fistfuls of meat nestled in torpedo rolls, ranging from the usual &mdash turkey, roast beef, pastrami &mdash to the unexpected, like blackened chicken or liverwurst. Smacky's goes Polynesian with their Tycoon Hawaiian French Dip, the perfect blend of savory ham, gooey cheese and sweet pineapple.

Lunch Special Beef with Broccoli and Orange Chicken, $7.95

Hong Kong Express, 113 W. Indiana, 328-6888

Don't be intimidated by the bright goldenrod menu packed with hundreds of menu items: lunch and dinner combos, dim sum, moo shu, lo mein, appetizers, party platters for upward of 70 people and more. For $2.25 a plate, dim sum is a great way to stay in budget and try lots of food, and the lunch buffet at two for $10.99 is a ridiculous bargain. We recommend you go with a friend and coordinate lunch specials, choosing one ($5.95) or two items ($7.95), accompanied by the requisite soup, rice and egg roll, for a fast fill-you-up meal. &diams


Bang for your Buck

When you're watching your calorie intake, portion control is essential, but when you're on a budget, the opposite is true more is usually better. As any thrifty diner will tell you, larger portion sizes mean you might have lunch and dinner covered, either because you're too stuffed to think about your next meal or because there's some left over for later. Check out these places where you're going to get a good meal and then some.

Chorizo, Potato, Beans and Egg Burrito, $7 large

Orlando's Mexican Drive-Up, 451 W. Dalton Ave., Coeur d'Alene, 208-659-2684

This humble drive-up has had a bit of a cult following ever since Orlando closed his walk-in Hayden joint. Fast, friendly and affordable, this place is a must if your idea of breakfast is a burrito that will tide you over until dinner. The veggie burrito ($6/$7) with eggs, beans, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, and pico de gallo is tops, yet if you're more of a meat-and-potatoes fan, try the chile verde ($7/$8) or the chorizo burrito combos ($6-$7.50).

Fried Chicken Dinner, $9.50

Molly's Diner, 224 S. Lincoln, Spokane, 624-4413

We like any place that offers tater tots as a side, which Molly's Diner does for their burger and sandwich specials. That and their sign &mdash featuring a floppy, slightly-irritated looking dog after whom the place is named &mdash never fails to amuse. But it's their large menu, huge portions and low prices that really impresses us. Where else can you get a homestyle dinner like meatloaf or three-piece fried chicken dinner with salad or soup and not just one but three sides (including tots) for under $10?

Kyle's Quesadilla Burger, $8.95

Hoot Owl Cafe, 30784 ID-200, Ponderay, 208-265-9348

Follow your heart at the Hoot Owl, where hearts on the menu definitely don't indicate heart-healthy meals rather they're customer favorites. It's a kitschy, cozy roadside diner jam-packed with all manner of owls &mdash paintings, figurines, wall hangings &mdash and a long history of serving up super-large portions of breakfast and lunch, ranging from classic omelets, salads and sandwiches to funky mashups like Kyle's quesadilla burger, a hefty hand-pressed patty topped with pepper jack cheese, bacon bits, salsa and chipotle, inside a grilled tortilla shell, accompanied by soup, salad or fries.

Hummus Plate, $3.95 and Spinach Pie, $3.95

Mikey's Greek Gyros, 527 S. Main St., Moscow, 208-882-0780

Sometimes being able to stretch your dollar means getting creative in how you order. At Mikey's, one of several Greek places in Vandal country, the key is eating in stages. Start with some hummus ($3.95) served with warm pita, then add a salad like tabouli ($1.85-$2.50) or jump into a meaty entrée like the sweet-ish Leapin' Lizard Chicken or a savory vegetarian entrée like the spinach pie ($3.95). Coordinate with your dining partner and you'll not only have plenty to share, you probably have some a few shekels left for a beer ($3) or baklava ($2).

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Terry's Café, 7815 E. Trent, 924-1481

Most places serve fries with their sandwich selections, but at Terry's, you get a choice of fries, macaroni and cheese, scalloped potatoes and side salad, including macaroni or potato salad. Add one of those to a tuna melt on Texas toast and you're set for the day. Located on busy Trent Avenue within hollering distance of the ever-present trains, the place looks a little like a Western frontier cabin, yet inside, the aroma of griddled meat and coffee tell you that this is going to be a classic diner experience: good food and plenty of it.

Triple B Backhills BBQ on Best food truck, 510 E. Best Ave., Coeur d'Alene, 208-755-3797

Their motto is "never trust a skinny chef," which at Backhills BBQ, translates into meat and more meat. The Best Avenue food truck has gained a following for its smoked tri-tip and pulled pork, which we like combined with their sides: baked beans, pineapple slaw and macaroni and cheese. It's called the Junkyard, and it's only messy if you get it piled onto the quarter-pound Junkyard hot dog ($6.95).

Tycoon Hawaiian Dip, $7.95

Smacky's on Broadway, 6415 E. Broadway, 535-4230

The mishmash of décor and quirky menu go hand-in-hand in this low-key lunch spot: Oil cans hanging from the ceiling, a half-round bar that would look at home in a Quentin Tarantino film, homey wooden paneling on the walls. And the food! Fistfuls of meat nestled in torpedo rolls, ranging from the usual &mdash turkey, roast beef, pastrami &mdash to the unexpected, like blackened chicken or liverwurst. Smacky's goes Polynesian with their Tycoon Hawaiian French Dip, the perfect blend of savory ham, gooey cheese and sweet pineapple.

Lunch Special Beef with Broccoli and Orange Chicken, $7.95

Hong Kong Express, 113 W. Indiana, 328-6888

Don't be intimidated by the bright goldenrod menu packed with hundreds of menu items: lunch and dinner combos, dim sum, moo shu, lo mein, appetizers, party platters for upward of 70 people and more. For $2.25 a plate, dim sum is a great way to stay in budget and try lots of food, and the lunch buffet at two for $10.99 is a ridiculous bargain. We recommend you go with a friend and coordinate lunch specials, choosing one ($5.95) or two items ($7.95), accompanied by the requisite soup, rice and egg roll, for a fast fill-you-up meal. &diams


Bang for your Buck

When you're watching your calorie intake, portion control is essential, but when you're on a budget, the opposite is true more is usually better. As any thrifty diner will tell you, larger portion sizes mean you might have lunch and dinner covered, either because you're too stuffed to think about your next meal or because there's some left over for later. Check out these places where you're going to get a good meal and then some.

Chorizo, Potato, Beans and Egg Burrito, $7 large

Orlando's Mexican Drive-Up, 451 W. Dalton Ave., Coeur d'Alene, 208-659-2684

This humble drive-up has had a bit of a cult following ever since Orlando closed his walk-in Hayden joint. Fast, friendly and affordable, this place is a must if your idea of breakfast is a burrito that will tide you over until dinner. The veggie burrito ($6/$7) with eggs, beans, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, and pico de gallo is tops, yet if you're more of a meat-and-potatoes fan, try the chile verde ($7/$8) or the chorizo burrito combos ($6-$7.50).

Fried Chicken Dinner, $9.50

Molly's Diner, 224 S. Lincoln, Spokane, 624-4413

We like any place that offers tater tots as a side, which Molly's Diner does for their burger and sandwich specials. That and their sign &mdash featuring a floppy, slightly-irritated looking dog after whom the place is named &mdash never fails to amuse. But it's their large menu, huge portions and low prices that really impresses us. Where else can you get a homestyle dinner like meatloaf or three-piece fried chicken dinner with salad or soup and not just one but three sides (including tots) for under $10?

Kyle's Quesadilla Burger, $8.95

Hoot Owl Cafe, 30784 ID-200, Ponderay, 208-265-9348

Follow your heart at the Hoot Owl, where hearts on the menu definitely don't indicate heart-healthy meals rather they're customer favorites. It's a kitschy, cozy roadside diner jam-packed with all manner of owls &mdash paintings, figurines, wall hangings &mdash and a long history of serving up super-large portions of breakfast and lunch, ranging from classic omelets, salads and sandwiches to funky mashups like Kyle's quesadilla burger, a hefty hand-pressed patty topped with pepper jack cheese, bacon bits, salsa and chipotle, inside a grilled tortilla shell, accompanied by soup, salad or fries.

Hummus Plate, $3.95 and Spinach Pie, $3.95

Mikey's Greek Gyros, 527 S. Main St., Moscow, 208-882-0780

Sometimes being able to stretch your dollar means getting creative in how you order. At Mikey's, one of several Greek places in Vandal country, the key is eating in stages. Start with some hummus ($3.95) served with warm pita, then add a salad like tabouli ($1.85-$2.50) or jump into a meaty entrée like the sweet-ish Leapin' Lizard Chicken or a savory vegetarian entrée like the spinach pie ($3.95). Coordinate with your dining partner and you'll not only have plenty to share, you probably have some a few shekels left for a beer ($3) or baklava ($2).

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Terry's Café, 7815 E. Trent, 924-1481

Most places serve fries with their sandwich selections, but at Terry's, you get a choice of fries, macaroni and cheese, scalloped potatoes and side salad, including macaroni or potato salad. Add one of those to a tuna melt on Texas toast and you're set for the day. Located on busy Trent Avenue within hollering distance of the ever-present trains, the place looks a little like a Western frontier cabin, yet inside, the aroma of griddled meat and coffee tell you that this is going to be a classic diner experience: good food and plenty of it.

Triple B Backhills BBQ on Best food truck, 510 E. Best Ave., Coeur d'Alene, 208-755-3797

Their motto is "never trust a skinny chef," which at Backhills BBQ, translates into meat and more meat. The Best Avenue food truck has gained a following for its smoked tri-tip and pulled pork, which we like combined with their sides: baked beans, pineapple slaw and macaroni and cheese. It's called the Junkyard, and it's only messy if you get it piled onto the quarter-pound Junkyard hot dog ($6.95).

Tycoon Hawaiian Dip, $7.95

Smacky's on Broadway, 6415 E. Broadway, 535-4230

The mishmash of décor and quirky menu go hand-in-hand in this low-key lunch spot: Oil cans hanging from the ceiling, a half-round bar that would look at home in a Quentin Tarantino film, homey wooden paneling on the walls. And the food! Fistfuls of meat nestled in torpedo rolls, ranging from the usual &mdash turkey, roast beef, pastrami &mdash to the unexpected, like blackened chicken or liverwurst. Smacky's goes Polynesian with their Tycoon Hawaiian French Dip, the perfect blend of savory ham, gooey cheese and sweet pineapple.

Lunch Special Beef with Broccoli and Orange Chicken, $7.95

Hong Kong Express, 113 W. Indiana, 328-6888

Don't be intimidated by the bright goldenrod menu packed with hundreds of menu items: lunch and dinner combos, dim sum, moo shu, lo mein, appetizers, party platters for upward of 70 people and more. For $2.25 a plate, dim sum is a great way to stay in budget and try lots of food, and the lunch buffet at two for $10.99 is a ridiculous bargain. We recommend you go with a friend and coordinate lunch specials, choosing one ($5.95) or two items ($7.95), accompanied by the requisite soup, rice and egg roll, for a fast fill-you-up meal. &diams


Bang for your Buck

When you're watching your calorie intake, portion control is essential, but when you're on a budget, the opposite is true more is usually better. As any thrifty diner will tell you, larger portion sizes mean you might have lunch and dinner covered, either because you're too stuffed to think about your next meal or because there's some left over for later. Check out these places where you're going to get a good meal and then some.

Chorizo, Potato, Beans and Egg Burrito, $7 large

Orlando's Mexican Drive-Up, 451 W. Dalton Ave., Coeur d'Alene, 208-659-2684

This humble drive-up has had a bit of a cult following ever since Orlando closed his walk-in Hayden joint. Fast, friendly and affordable, this place is a must if your idea of breakfast is a burrito that will tide you over until dinner. The veggie burrito ($6/$7) with eggs, beans, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, and pico de gallo is tops, yet if you're more of a meat-and-potatoes fan, try the chile verde ($7/$8) or the chorizo burrito combos ($6-$7.50).

Fried Chicken Dinner, $9.50

Molly's Diner, 224 S. Lincoln, Spokane, 624-4413

We like any place that offers tater tots as a side, which Molly's Diner does for their burger and sandwich specials. That and their sign &mdash featuring a floppy, slightly-irritated looking dog after whom the place is named &mdash never fails to amuse. But it's their large menu, huge portions and low prices that really impresses us. Where else can you get a homestyle dinner like meatloaf or three-piece fried chicken dinner with salad or soup and not just one but three sides (including tots) for under $10?

Kyle's Quesadilla Burger, $8.95

Hoot Owl Cafe, 30784 ID-200, Ponderay, 208-265-9348

Follow your heart at the Hoot Owl, where hearts on the menu definitely don't indicate heart-healthy meals rather they're customer favorites. It's a kitschy, cozy roadside diner jam-packed with all manner of owls &mdash paintings, figurines, wall hangings &mdash and a long history of serving up super-large portions of breakfast and lunch, ranging from classic omelets, salads and sandwiches to funky mashups like Kyle's quesadilla burger, a hefty hand-pressed patty topped with pepper jack cheese, bacon bits, salsa and chipotle, inside a grilled tortilla shell, accompanied by soup, salad or fries.

Hummus Plate, $3.95 and Spinach Pie, $3.95

Mikey's Greek Gyros, 527 S. Main St., Moscow, 208-882-0780

Sometimes being able to stretch your dollar means getting creative in how you order. At Mikey's, one of several Greek places in Vandal country, the key is eating in stages. Start with some hummus ($3.95) served with warm pita, then add a salad like tabouli ($1.85-$2.50) or jump into a meaty entrée like the sweet-ish Leapin' Lizard Chicken or a savory vegetarian entrée like the spinach pie ($3.95). Coordinate with your dining partner and you'll not only have plenty to share, you probably have some a few shekels left for a beer ($3) or baklava ($2).

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Terry's Café, 7815 E. Trent, 924-1481

Most places serve fries with their sandwich selections, but at Terry's, you get a choice of fries, macaroni and cheese, scalloped potatoes and side salad, including macaroni or potato salad. Add one of those to a tuna melt on Texas toast and you're set for the day. Located on busy Trent Avenue within hollering distance of the ever-present trains, the place looks a little like a Western frontier cabin, yet inside, the aroma of griddled meat and coffee tell you that this is going to be a classic diner experience: good food and plenty of it.

Triple B Backhills BBQ on Best food truck, 510 E. Best Ave., Coeur d'Alene, 208-755-3797

Their motto is "never trust a skinny chef," which at Backhills BBQ, translates into meat and more meat. The Best Avenue food truck has gained a following for its smoked tri-tip and pulled pork, which we like combined with their sides: baked beans, pineapple slaw and macaroni and cheese. It's called the Junkyard, and it's only messy if you get it piled onto the quarter-pound Junkyard hot dog ($6.95).

Tycoon Hawaiian Dip, $7.95

Smacky's on Broadway, 6415 E. Broadway, 535-4230

The mishmash of décor and quirky menu go hand-in-hand in this low-key lunch spot: Oil cans hanging from the ceiling, a half-round bar that would look at home in a Quentin Tarantino film, homey wooden paneling on the walls. And the food! Fistfuls of meat nestled in torpedo rolls, ranging from the usual &mdash turkey, roast beef, pastrami &mdash to the unexpected, like blackened chicken or liverwurst. Smacky's goes Polynesian with their Tycoon Hawaiian French Dip, the perfect blend of savory ham, gooey cheese and sweet pineapple.

Lunch Special Beef with Broccoli and Orange Chicken, $7.95

Hong Kong Express, 113 W. Indiana, 328-6888

Don't be intimidated by the bright goldenrod menu packed with hundreds of menu items: lunch and dinner combos, dim sum, moo shu, lo mein, appetizers, party platters for upward of 70 people and more. For $2.25 a plate, dim sum is a great way to stay in budget and try lots of food, and the lunch buffet at two for $10.99 is a ridiculous bargain. We recommend you go with a friend and coordinate lunch specials, choosing one ($5.95) or two items ($7.95), accompanied by the requisite soup, rice and egg roll, for a fast fill-you-up meal. &diams


Bang for your Buck

When you're watching your calorie intake, portion control is essential, but when you're on a budget, the opposite is true more is usually better. As any thrifty diner will tell you, larger portion sizes mean you might have lunch and dinner covered, either because you're too stuffed to think about your next meal or because there's some left over for later. Check out these places where you're going to get a good meal and then some.

Chorizo, Potato, Beans and Egg Burrito, $7 large

Orlando's Mexican Drive-Up, 451 W. Dalton Ave., Coeur d'Alene, 208-659-2684

This humble drive-up has had a bit of a cult following ever since Orlando closed his walk-in Hayden joint. Fast, friendly and affordable, this place is a must if your idea of breakfast is a burrito that will tide you over until dinner. The veggie burrito ($6/$7) with eggs, beans, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, and pico de gallo is tops, yet if you're more of a meat-and-potatoes fan, try the chile verde ($7/$8) or the chorizo burrito combos ($6-$7.50).

Fried Chicken Dinner, $9.50

Molly's Diner, 224 S. Lincoln, Spokane, 624-4413

We like any place that offers tater tots as a side, which Molly's Diner does for their burger and sandwich specials. That and their sign &mdash featuring a floppy, slightly-irritated looking dog after whom the place is named &mdash never fails to amuse. But it's their large menu, huge portions and low prices that really impresses us. Where else can you get a homestyle dinner like meatloaf or three-piece fried chicken dinner with salad or soup and not just one but three sides (including tots) for under $10?

Kyle's Quesadilla Burger, $8.95

Hoot Owl Cafe, 30784 ID-200, Ponderay, 208-265-9348

Follow your heart at the Hoot Owl, where hearts on the menu definitely don't indicate heart-healthy meals rather they're customer favorites. It's a kitschy, cozy roadside diner jam-packed with all manner of owls &mdash paintings, figurines, wall hangings &mdash and a long history of serving up super-large portions of breakfast and lunch, ranging from classic omelets, salads and sandwiches to funky mashups like Kyle's quesadilla burger, a hefty hand-pressed patty topped with pepper jack cheese, bacon bits, salsa and chipotle, inside a grilled tortilla shell, accompanied by soup, salad or fries.

Hummus Plate, $3.95 and Spinach Pie, $3.95

Mikey's Greek Gyros, 527 S. Main St., Moscow, 208-882-0780

Sometimes being able to stretch your dollar means getting creative in how you order. At Mikey's, one of several Greek places in Vandal country, the key is eating in stages. Start with some hummus ($3.95) served with warm pita, then add a salad like tabouli ($1.85-$2.50) or jump into a meaty entrée like the sweet-ish Leapin' Lizard Chicken or a savory vegetarian entrée like the spinach pie ($3.95). Coordinate with your dining partner and you'll not only have plenty to share, you probably have some a few shekels left for a beer ($3) or baklava ($2).

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Terry's Café, 7815 E. Trent, 924-1481

Most places serve fries with their sandwich selections, but at Terry's, you get a choice of fries, macaroni and cheese, scalloped potatoes and side salad, including macaroni or potato salad. Add one of those to a tuna melt on Texas toast and you're set for the day. Located on busy Trent Avenue within hollering distance of the ever-present trains, the place looks a little like a Western frontier cabin, yet inside, the aroma of griddled meat and coffee tell you that this is going to be a classic diner experience: good food and plenty of it.

Triple B Backhills BBQ on Best food truck, 510 E. Best Ave., Coeur d'Alene, 208-755-3797

Their motto is "never trust a skinny chef," which at Backhills BBQ, translates into meat and more meat. The Best Avenue food truck has gained a following for its smoked tri-tip and pulled pork, which we like combined with their sides: baked beans, pineapple slaw and macaroni and cheese. It's called the Junkyard, and it's only messy if you get it piled onto the quarter-pound Junkyard hot dog ($6.95).

Tycoon Hawaiian Dip, $7.95

Smacky's on Broadway, 6415 E. Broadway, 535-4230

The mishmash of décor and quirky menu go hand-in-hand in this low-key lunch spot: Oil cans hanging from the ceiling, a half-round bar that would look at home in a Quentin Tarantino film, homey wooden paneling on the walls. And the food! Fistfuls of meat nestled in torpedo rolls, ranging from the usual &mdash turkey, roast beef, pastrami &mdash to the unexpected, like blackened chicken or liverwurst. Smacky's goes Polynesian with their Tycoon Hawaiian French Dip, the perfect blend of savory ham, gooey cheese and sweet pineapple.

Lunch Special Beef with Broccoli and Orange Chicken, $7.95

Hong Kong Express, 113 W. Indiana, 328-6888

Don't be intimidated by the bright goldenrod menu packed with hundreds of menu items: lunch and dinner combos, dim sum, moo shu, lo mein, appetizers, party platters for upward of 70 people and more. For $2.25 a plate, dim sum is a great way to stay in budget and try lots of food, and the lunch buffet at two for $10.99 is a ridiculous bargain. We recommend you go with a friend and coordinate lunch specials, choosing one ($5.95) or two items ($7.95), accompanied by the requisite soup, rice and egg roll, for a fast fill-you-up meal. &diams


Bang for your Buck

When you're watching your calorie intake, portion control is essential, but when you're on a budget, the opposite is true more is usually better. As any thrifty diner will tell you, larger portion sizes mean you might have lunch and dinner covered, either because you're too stuffed to think about your next meal or because there's some left over for later. Check out these places where you're going to get a good meal and then some.

Chorizo, Potato, Beans and Egg Burrito, $7 large

Orlando's Mexican Drive-Up, 451 W. Dalton Ave., Coeur d'Alene, 208-659-2684

This humble drive-up has had a bit of a cult following ever since Orlando closed his walk-in Hayden joint. Fast, friendly and affordable, this place is a must if your idea of breakfast is a burrito that will tide you over until dinner. The veggie burrito ($6/$7) with eggs, beans, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, and pico de gallo is tops, yet if you're more of a meat-and-potatoes fan, try the chile verde ($7/$8) or the chorizo burrito combos ($6-$7.50).

Fried Chicken Dinner, $9.50

Molly's Diner, 224 S. Lincoln, Spokane, 624-4413

We like any place that offers tater tots as a side, which Molly's Diner does for their burger and sandwich specials. That and their sign &mdash featuring a floppy, slightly-irritated looking dog after whom the place is named &mdash never fails to amuse. But it's their large menu, huge portions and low prices that really impresses us. Where else can you get a homestyle dinner like meatloaf or three-piece fried chicken dinner with salad or soup and not just one but three sides (including tots) for under $10?

Kyle's Quesadilla Burger, $8.95

Hoot Owl Cafe, 30784 ID-200, Ponderay, 208-265-9348

Follow your heart at the Hoot Owl, where hearts on the menu definitely don't indicate heart-healthy meals rather they're customer favorites. It's a kitschy, cozy roadside diner jam-packed with all manner of owls &mdash paintings, figurines, wall hangings &mdash and a long history of serving up super-large portions of breakfast and lunch, ranging from classic omelets, salads and sandwiches to funky mashups like Kyle's quesadilla burger, a hefty hand-pressed patty topped with pepper jack cheese, bacon bits, salsa and chipotle, inside a grilled tortilla shell, accompanied by soup, salad or fries.

Hummus Plate, $3.95 and Spinach Pie, $3.95

Mikey's Greek Gyros, 527 S. Main St., Moscow, 208-882-0780

Sometimes being able to stretch your dollar means getting creative in how you order. At Mikey's, one of several Greek places in Vandal country, the key is eating in stages. Start with some hummus ($3.95) served with warm pita, then add a salad like tabouli ($1.85-$2.50) or jump into a meaty entrée like the sweet-ish Leapin' Lizard Chicken or a savory vegetarian entrée like the spinach pie ($3.95). Coordinate with your dining partner and you'll not only have plenty to share, you probably have some a few shekels left for a beer ($3) or baklava ($2).

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Terry's Café, 7815 E. Trent, 924-1481

Most places serve fries with their sandwich selections, but at Terry's, you get a choice of fries, macaroni and cheese, scalloped potatoes and side salad, including macaroni or potato salad. Add one of those to a tuna melt on Texas toast and you're set for the day. Located on busy Trent Avenue within hollering distance of the ever-present trains, the place looks a little like a Western frontier cabin, yet inside, the aroma of griddled meat and coffee tell you that this is going to be a classic diner experience: good food and plenty of it.

Triple B Backhills BBQ on Best food truck, 510 E. Best Ave., Coeur d'Alene, 208-755-3797

Their motto is "never trust a skinny chef," which at Backhills BBQ, translates into meat and more meat. The Best Avenue food truck has gained a following for its smoked tri-tip and pulled pork, which we like combined with their sides: baked beans, pineapple slaw and macaroni and cheese. It's called the Junkyard, and it's only messy if you get it piled onto the quarter-pound Junkyard hot dog ($6.95).

Tycoon Hawaiian Dip, $7.95

Smacky's on Broadway, 6415 E. Broadway, 535-4230

The mishmash of décor and quirky menu go hand-in-hand in this low-key lunch spot: Oil cans hanging from the ceiling, a half-round bar that would look at home in a Quentin Tarantino film, homey wooden paneling on the walls. And the food! Fistfuls of meat nestled in torpedo rolls, ranging from the usual &mdash turkey, roast beef, pastrami &mdash to the unexpected, like blackened chicken or liverwurst. Smacky's goes Polynesian with their Tycoon Hawaiian French Dip, the perfect blend of savory ham, gooey cheese and sweet pineapple.

Lunch Special Beef with Broccoli and Orange Chicken, $7.95

Hong Kong Express, 113 W. Indiana, 328-6888

Don't be intimidated by the bright goldenrod menu packed with hundreds of menu items: lunch and dinner combos, dim sum, moo shu, lo mein, appetizers, party platters for upward of 70 people and more. For $2.25 a plate, dim sum is a great way to stay in budget and try lots of food, and the lunch buffet at two for $10.99 is a ridiculous bargain. We recommend you go with a friend and coordinate lunch specials, choosing one ($5.95) or two items ($7.95), accompanied by the requisite soup, rice and egg roll, for a fast fill-you-up meal. &diams


Bang for your Buck

When you're watching your calorie intake, portion control is essential, but when you're on a budget, the opposite is true more is usually better. As any thrifty diner will tell you, larger portion sizes mean you might have lunch and dinner covered, either because you're too stuffed to think about your next meal or because there's some left over for later. Check out these places where you're going to get a good meal and then some.

Chorizo, Potato, Beans and Egg Burrito, $7 large

Orlando's Mexican Drive-Up, 451 W. Dalton Ave., Coeur d'Alene, 208-659-2684

This humble drive-up has had a bit of a cult following ever since Orlando closed his walk-in Hayden joint. Fast, friendly and affordable, this place is a must if your idea of breakfast is a burrito that will tide you over until dinner. The veggie burrito ($6/$7) with eggs, beans, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, and pico de gallo is tops, yet if you're more of a meat-and-potatoes fan, try the chile verde ($7/$8) or the chorizo burrito combos ($6-$7.50).

Fried Chicken Dinner, $9.50

Molly's Diner, 224 S. Lincoln, Spokane, 624-4413

We like any place that offers tater tots as a side, which Molly's Diner does for their burger and sandwich specials. That and their sign &mdash featuring a floppy, slightly-irritated looking dog after whom the place is named &mdash never fails to amuse. But it's their large menu, huge portions and low prices that really impresses us. Where else can you get a homestyle dinner like meatloaf or three-piece fried chicken dinner with salad or soup and not just one but three sides (including tots) for under $10?

Kyle's Quesadilla Burger, $8.95

Hoot Owl Cafe, 30784 ID-200, Ponderay, 208-265-9348

Follow your heart at the Hoot Owl, where hearts on the menu definitely don't indicate heart-healthy meals rather they're customer favorites. It's a kitschy, cozy roadside diner jam-packed with all manner of owls &mdash paintings, figurines, wall hangings &mdash and a long history of serving up super-large portions of breakfast and lunch, ranging from classic omelets, salads and sandwiches to funky mashups like Kyle's quesadilla burger, a hefty hand-pressed patty topped with pepper jack cheese, bacon bits, salsa and chipotle, inside a grilled tortilla shell, accompanied by soup, salad or fries.

Hummus Plate, $3.95 and Spinach Pie, $3.95

Mikey's Greek Gyros, 527 S. Main St., Moscow, 208-882-0780

Sometimes being able to stretch your dollar means getting creative in how you order. At Mikey's, one of several Greek places in Vandal country, the key is eating in stages. Start with some hummus ($3.95) served with warm pita, then add a salad like tabouli ($1.85-$2.50) or jump into a meaty entrée like the sweet-ish Leapin' Lizard Chicken or a savory vegetarian entrée like the spinach pie ($3.95). Coordinate with your dining partner and you'll not only have plenty to share, you probably have some a few shekels left for a beer ($3) or baklava ($2).

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Terry's Café, 7815 E. Trent, 924-1481

Most places serve fries with their sandwich selections, but at Terry's, you get a choice of fries, macaroni and cheese, scalloped potatoes and side salad, including macaroni or potato salad. Add one of those to a tuna melt on Texas toast and you're set for the day. Located on busy Trent Avenue within hollering distance of the ever-present trains, the place looks a little like a Western frontier cabin, yet inside, the aroma of griddled meat and coffee tell you that this is going to be a classic diner experience: good food and plenty of it.

Triple B Backhills BBQ on Best food truck, 510 E. Best Ave., Coeur d'Alene, 208-755-3797

Their motto is "never trust a skinny chef," which at Backhills BBQ, translates into meat and more meat. The Best Avenue food truck has gained a following for its smoked tri-tip and pulled pork, which we like combined with their sides: baked beans, pineapple slaw and macaroni and cheese. It's called the Junkyard, and it's only messy if you get it piled onto the quarter-pound Junkyard hot dog ($6.95).

Tycoon Hawaiian Dip, $7.95

Smacky's on Broadway, 6415 E. Broadway, 535-4230

The mishmash of décor and quirky menu go hand-in-hand in this low-key lunch spot: Oil cans hanging from the ceiling, a half-round bar that would look at home in a Quentin Tarantino film, homey wooden paneling on the walls. And the food! Fistfuls of meat nestled in torpedo rolls, ranging from the usual &mdash turkey, roast beef, pastrami &mdash to the unexpected, like blackened chicken or liverwurst. Smacky's goes Polynesian with their Tycoon Hawaiian French Dip, the perfect blend of savory ham, gooey cheese and sweet pineapple.

Lunch Special Beef with Broccoli and Orange Chicken, $7.95

Hong Kong Express, 113 W. Indiana, 328-6888

Don't be intimidated by the bright goldenrod menu packed with hundreds of menu items: lunch and dinner combos, dim sum, moo shu, lo mein, appetizers, party platters for upward of 70 people and more. For $2.25 a plate, dim sum is a great way to stay in budget and try lots of food, and the lunch buffet at two for $10.99 is a ridiculous bargain. We recommend you go with a friend and coordinate lunch specials, choosing one ($5.95) or two items ($7.95), accompanied by the requisite soup, rice and egg roll, for a fast fill-you-up meal. &diams


Bang for your Buck

When you're watching your calorie intake, portion control is essential, but when you're on a budget, the opposite is true more is usually better. As any thrifty diner will tell you, larger portion sizes mean you might have lunch and dinner covered, either because you're too stuffed to think about your next meal or because there's some left over for later. Check out these places where you're going to get a good meal and then some.

Chorizo, Potato, Beans and Egg Burrito, $7 large

Orlando's Mexican Drive-Up, 451 W. Dalton Ave., Coeur d'Alene, 208-659-2684

This humble drive-up has had a bit of a cult following ever since Orlando closed his walk-in Hayden joint. Fast, friendly and affordable, this place is a must if your idea of breakfast is a burrito that will tide you over until dinner. The veggie burrito ($6/$7) with eggs, beans, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, and pico de gallo is tops, yet if you're more of a meat-and-potatoes fan, try the chile verde ($7/$8) or the chorizo burrito combos ($6-$7.50).

Fried Chicken Dinner, $9.50

Molly's Diner, 224 S. Lincoln, Spokane, 624-4413

We like any place that offers tater tots as a side, which Molly's Diner does for their burger and sandwich specials. That and their sign &mdash featuring a floppy, slightly-irritated looking dog after whom the place is named &mdash never fails to amuse. But it's their large menu, huge portions and low prices that really impresses us. Where else can you get a homestyle dinner like meatloaf or three-piece fried chicken dinner with salad or soup and not just one but three sides (including tots) for under $10?

Kyle's Quesadilla Burger, $8.95

Hoot Owl Cafe, 30784 ID-200, Ponderay, 208-265-9348

Follow your heart at the Hoot Owl, where hearts on the menu definitely don't indicate heart-healthy meals rather they're customer favorites. It's a kitschy, cozy roadside diner jam-packed with all manner of owls &mdash paintings, figurines, wall hangings &mdash and a long history of serving up super-large portions of breakfast and lunch, ranging from classic omelets, salads and sandwiches to funky mashups like Kyle's quesadilla burger, a hefty hand-pressed patty topped with pepper jack cheese, bacon bits, salsa and chipotle, inside a grilled tortilla shell, accompanied by soup, salad or fries.

Hummus Plate, $3.95 and Spinach Pie, $3.95

Mikey's Greek Gyros, 527 S. Main St., Moscow, 208-882-0780

Sometimes being able to stretch your dollar means getting creative in how you order. At Mikey's, one of several Greek places in Vandal country, the key is eating in stages. Start with some hummus ($3.95) served with warm pita, then add a salad like tabouli ($1.85-$2.50) or jump into a meaty entrée like the sweet-ish Leapin' Lizard Chicken or a savory vegetarian entrée like the spinach pie ($3.95). Coordinate with your dining partner and you'll not only have plenty to share, you probably have some a few shekels left for a beer ($3) or baklava ($2).

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Terry's Café, 7815 E. Trent, 924-1481

Most places serve fries with their sandwich selections, but at Terry's, you get a choice of fries, macaroni and cheese, scalloped potatoes and side salad, including macaroni or potato salad. Add one of those to a tuna melt on Texas toast and you're set for the day. Located on busy Trent Avenue within hollering distance of the ever-present trains, the place looks a little like a Western frontier cabin, yet inside, the aroma of griddled meat and coffee tell you that this is going to be a classic diner experience: good food and plenty of it.

Triple B Backhills BBQ on Best food truck, 510 E. Best Ave., Coeur d'Alene, 208-755-3797

Their motto is "never trust a skinny chef," which at Backhills BBQ, translates into meat and more meat. The Best Avenue food truck has gained a following for its smoked tri-tip and pulled pork, which we like combined with their sides: baked beans, pineapple slaw and macaroni and cheese. It's called the Junkyard, and it's only messy if you get it piled onto the quarter-pound Junkyard hot dog ($6.95).

Tycoon Hawaiian Dip, $7.95

Smacky's on Broadway, 6415 E. Broadway, 535-4230

The mishmash of décor and quirky menu go hand-in-hand in this low-key lunch spot: Oil cans hanging from the ceiling, a half-round bar that would look at home in a Quentin Tarantino film, homey wooden paneling on the walls. And the food! Fistfuls of meat nestled in torpedo rolls, ranging from the usual &mdash turkey, roast beef, pastrami &mdash to the unexpected, like blackened chicken or liverwurst. Smacky's goes Polynesian with their Tycoon Hawaiian French Dip, the perfect blend of savory ham, gooey cheese and sweet pineapple.

Lunch Special Beef with Broccoli and Orange Chicken, $7.95

Hong Kong Express, 113 W. Indiana, 328-6888

Don't be intimidated by the bright goldenrod menu packed with hundreds of menu items: lunch and dinner combos, dim sum, moo shu, lo mein, appetizers, party platters for upward of 70 people and more. For $2.25 a plate, dim sum is a great way to stay in budget and try lots of food, and the lunch buffet at two for $10.99 is a ridiculous bargain. We recommend you go with a friend and coordinate lunch specials, choosing one ($5.95) or two items ($7.95), accompanied by the requisite soup, rice and egg roll, for a fast fill-you-up meal. &diams


Bang for your Buck

When you're watching your calorie intake, portion control is essential, but when you're on a budget, the opposite is true more is usually better. As any thrifty diner will tell you, larger portion sizes mean you might have lunch and dinner covered, either because you're too stuffed to think about your next meal or because there's some left over for later. Check out these places where you're going to get a good meal and then some.

Chorizo, Potato, Beans and Egg Burrito, $7 large

Orlando's Mexican Drive-Up, 451 W. Dalton Ave., Coeur d'Alene, 208-659-2684

This humble drive-up has had a bit of a cult following ever since Orlando closed his walk-in Hayden joint. Fast, friendly and affordable, this place is a must if your idea of breakfast is a burrito that will tide you over until dinner. The veggie burrito ($6/$7) with eggs, beans, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, and pico de gallo is tops, yet if you're more of a meat-and-potatoes fan, try the chile verde ($7/$8) or the chorizo burrito combos ($6-$7.50).

Fried Chicken Dinner, $9.50

Molly's Diner, 224 S. Lincoln, Spokane, 624-4413

We like any place that offers tater tots as a side, which Molly's Diner does for their burger and sandwich specials. That and their sign &mdash featuring a floppy, slightly-irritated looking dog after whom the place is named &mdash never fails to amuse. But it's their large menu, huge portions and low prices that really impresses us. Where else can you get a homestyle dinner like meatloaf or three-piece fried chicken dinner with salad or soup and not just one but three sides (including tots) for under $10?

Kyle's Quesadilla Burger, $8.95

Hoot Owl Cafe, 30784 ID-200, Ponderay, 208-265-9348

Follow your heart at the Hoot Owl, where hearts on the menu definitely don't indicate heart-healthy meals rather they're customer favorites. It's a kitschy, cozy roadside diner jam-packed with all manner of owls &mdash paintings, figurines, wall hangings &mdash and a long history of serving up super-large portions of breakfast and lunch, ranging from classic omelets, salads and sandwiches to funky mashups like Kyle's quesadilla burger, a hefty hand-pressed patty topped with pepper jack cheese, bacon bits, salsa and chipotle, inside a grilled tortilla shell, accompanied by soup, salad or fries.

Hummus Plate, $3.95 and Spinach Pie, $3.95

Mikey's Greek Gyros, 527 S. Main St., Moscow, 208-882-0780

Sometimes being able to stretch your dollar means getting creative in how you order. At Mikey's, one of several Greek places in Vandal country, the key is eating in stages. Start with some hummus ($3.95) served with warm pita, then add a salad like tabouli ($1.85-$2.50) or jump into a meaty entrée like the sweet-ish Leapin' Lizard Chicken or a savory vegetarian entrée like the spinach pie ($3.95). Coordinate with your dining partner and you'll not only have plenty to share, you probably have some a few shekels left for a beer ($3) or baklava ($2).

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Terry's Café, 7815 E. Trent, 924-1481

Most places serve fries with their sandwich selections, but at Terry's, you get a choice of fries, macaroni and cheese, scalloped potatoes and side salad, including macaroni or potato salad. Add one of those to a tuna melt on Texas toast and you're set for the day. Located on busy Trent Avenue within hollering distance of the ever-present trains, the place looks a little like a Western frontier cabin, yet inside, the aroma of griddled meat and coffee tell you that this is going to be a classic diner experience: good food and plenty of it.

Triple B Backhills BBQ on Best food truck, 510 E. Best Ave., Coeur d'Alene, 208-755-3797

Their motto is "never trust a skinny chef," which at Backhills BBQ, translates into meat and more meat. The Best Avenue food truck has gained a following for its smoked tri-tip and pulled pork, which we like combined with their sides: baked beans, pineapple slaw and macaroni and cheese. It's called the Junkyard, and it's only messy if you get it piled onto the quarter-pound Junkyard hot dog ($6.95).

Tycoon Hawaiian Dip, $7.95

Smacky's on Broadway, 6415 E. Broadway, 535-4230

The mishmash of décor and quirky menu go hand-in-hand in this low-key lunch spot: Oil cans hanging from the ceiling, a half-round bar that would look at home in a Quentin Tarantino film, homey wooden paneling on the walls. And the food! Fistfuls of meat nestled in torpedo rolls, ranging from the usual &mdash turkey, roast beef, pastrami &mdash to the unexpected, like blackened chicken or liverwurst. Smacky's goes Polynesian with their Tycoon Hawaiian French Dip, the perfect blend of savory ham, gooey cheese and sweet pineapple.

Lunch Special Beef with Broccoli and Orange Chicken, $7.95

Hong Kong Express, 113 W. Indiana, 328-6888

Don't be intimidated by the bright goldenrod menu packed with hundreds of menu items: lunch and dinner combos, dim sum, moo shu, lo mein, appetizers, party platters for upward of 70 people and more. For $2.25 a plate, dim sum is a great way to stay in budget and try lots of food, and the lunch buffet at two for $10.99 is a ridiculous bargain. We recommend you go with a friend and coordinate lunch specials, choosing one ($5.95) or two items ($7.95), accompanied by the requisite soup, rice and egg roll, for a fast fill-you-up meal. &diams


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