You may think it challenging to find six places with meals under six bucks, but our biggest problem was paring down the list of staff favorites, part of which included persuading one editor that the gas station near his house did not count and the other that trail mix and an apple is not an actual meal.
Cafe Yumm, 2001 NW Monroe Ave. #109
At the less than $6 level, the portion size of one of Cafe Yumm’s bowls may appear small, but considering that it’s packed with rice, beans, fresh veggies, and other customizable goodies, that little bowl goes a long way. It’s also probably one of the healthier choices around…until you take advantage of the dinner special and grab a beer for two extra dollars.
Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave.
Bombs offers a rotating $6 weekday lunch menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., non-alcoholic drink included. The November menu wasn’t around at press time, but for an idea, October’s offerings include a mini nacho, mini mac ‘n’ cheese, soup and salad, cheese quesadilla, chicken burrito, and fritas pie. Bonus: many of these lunch items are $1 less during happy hour, which has an expanded list of deals and runs from 2 to 5 p.m. From the lunch menu, try the tasty and substantial chicken burrito. For happy hour, snag a couple bomber tacos at $3 each or the “lunch” burger with fries.
Beaver Hut, 1603 NW Monroe Ave.
Beaver Hut is the epitome of fast and cheap Corvallis food. Serving up traditional, made-to-order fast food eats like chicken strips, mac ‘n’ cheese bites, and even a $2 burger, this is the perfect place to get your fill when your wallet is feeling empty. Open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, Beaver Hut is also a great place to stop on your walk home from a night out. Oh, and they have tater tots.
Rivas, 360 NW 5th St.
Craving a giant burrito at 3 a.m.? Thirsty for a soda the size of a small child? Head to Riva’s: the last bastion of 24-hour Mexican food in the Corvallis area. With low prices and portions that would make a competitive eater sweat, this homey restaurant has everything you could want whether you are sober, drunk, or hungover. Head in for friendly staff, fast service, and none of the gastric distress that comes with Taco Bell.
Peacock Bar & Grill, 125 SW 2nd St.
The Peacock offers a $6 all-you-can-eat spaghetti on Sundays. That’s right, all you can eat. I personally think bar food is great and it is hard to mess up spaghetti. For the price and quantity, this is a must-try meal for a lazy Sunday. Grab a beer, shoot some pool, and enjoy your meal.
2Mix Food & Beverages, 1573 SW 53rd St.
Are you looking for a new lunch spot that’s quick, affordable, and healthy? 2Mix, located in the Sunset Shopping Center on SW 53rd Street, has a tasty selection of bowls, burritos, and street tacos that feature a combo of Mediterranean and Latin flavors. Try the avocado hummus or spicy pineapple Sriracha with your meal. Dishes are $7 or less. Service is quick. This is a nice spot if you want to avoid the rush of downtown Corvallis during your lunch hour.