Order a patty melt and fries for four bucks and walk out with a full stomach and a fuller wallet. Not your average diner, Salt & Pepper doesn’t just offer cheap food—it offers damn good cheap food. Belly up at the counter and watch the cooks at work or settle into one of the many black and red booths lining the walls. The staff is always quick, friendly and efficient and the food is consistently good. Find standard diner fare with extras like milk shakes, a variety of beers and several dinner entrees. Although the space is decent-sized, waits can be pretty long on weekends. Your best bet is to go during the week—but not too late.
Average cost: <$10