Of course Solana Beach has the standards for quick, convenient, and inexpensive meals—McDonald’s, Carl’s Jr., and Denny’s come to mind. However, if you want to experience the local flavor on a budget, we suggest checking out the deliciously affordable restaurants and cafes below.

Rudy’s Taco Shop

524 Stevens Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075

Rudy’s Taco Shop boasts authentic Mexican favorites and an outdoor patio. This charming, hole-in-the-wall is located inside a market. In addition to fresh, hot meals, the taco shop also sells tasty treats to take home, like spicy carrots. Locals love the Carne Asada Burritos. Best of all, it’s only one mile from Winners Circle Resort (about a 3 minute drive). An average meal at Rudy’s is about $6-$10 per person.

Hideaway Cafe

150 South Acacia Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075

Hideaway Café serves up traditional American Breakfast fare in the heart of Solana Beach. Offering a cozy, seaside atmosphere this hidden gem is open from 7am to 2pm. Solana Beach locals love the potato pancakes and cinnamon rolls. Meals are generally under $10 per person. We recommend going to Hideaway for breakfast, then strolling over to Fletcher Cove Park just across the street.

Jersey Mike’s Subs

915 Lomas Santa Fe Dr, Solana Beach, CA 92075

Jersey’s Mikes offers some East Coast cuisine near the western shore. Often revered as the best sub shop around, locals can’t get enough of The Original Italian sub (Provolone, ham, prosciuttini, cappacuolo, salami and pepperoni). Open all day, from 7am to 9:30pm you can stop by Jersey Mike’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They also serve hot subs, wraps, and kid’s meals.

T’s Café

T’s offers typical SoCal Breakfast—traditional American with Mexican favorites like juevos rancheros available too. Their Bloody Mary’s are legendary among the locals.  Open from 7am to 2pm, T’s is great for breakfast and lunch. Meals average $9-$12 per person.

Urban Pi

New to the area, Urban Pi is a new concept in affordable dining in Del Mar. Located across the street from the upscale Flower Hill Promenade, Urban Pi makes your pizza fresh in front of you. With classics like pepperoni or Margherita on the menu, alongside new offerings like Thai Pi and Pesto, there’s something for everyone. All pizzas are currently less than $8. Salads too!

We hope you enjoy saving money and savoring good food during your Solana Beach vacation!