The most expensive city in the world, London is not a place to go for a good deal. However, one place to genuinely get a bite for $5 is Dosa n Chutney, an Indian takeaway place that will sell you a ghee Masala Dosa for £3.50 (about $5.84) or a Curd Rice for £2.95 (just about $5).[related]
We checked with regular The Daily Meal contributor Abbey Kos, who recently visited Tallinn, for her favorite $5 recommendations. “At the town square you can get some nice elk soup for 3 euro,” she noted. Elk… soup? Well... we might try it.
Not known as a rule for being inexpensive in the least, there are still some thrifty options to be had here: tiny crêperies dot the city, and while high-end crêpes involving scallops might get pricy, a basic one will run you no more than $5.
A bottle of €2 wine and a kebab from a street vendor, drunk and nibbled on the quai de la Seine (the walking path that follows the river), also makes for a romantic — albeit maybe a little intoxicating — $5 meal
To navigate what $5 will buy you in the third largest city in Russia, we asked Nizhnyi Novgorod native, travel writer, and Women's Travel Fest organizer Masha Vapnitchnaia what some of the most remarkable $5 items are in her hometown. Apparently, it’s pretty remarkable — “$5 can purchase 5 tins of imitation black caviar with crème fraîche spread at Real Supermarket,” she noted, causing us to envision the best lunch imaginable.
While the city has no shortage of establishments at which you can spend a month's salary on a dinner, there are some surprisingly inexpensive options in Gotham. At Prosperity Dumpling in the Lower East Side, for instance, one order of dumplings will cost you $1 — and you can take home 125 frozen ones for $24. For $3.50, try one of the best tacos on the east coast at Taco Mix in East Harlem.
Shiv Sagar is famous for its pav bhaji — a delicious, tomato-based dish of fresh vegetables, served with warm bread. Tibbs Frankie radically revises the notion of fast food: delicious and cheap, and certainly within the $5 budget. The kebabs on Mohammed Ali Road are famous, and reportedly are flavored with papaya. And at 78 rupees (about $1.26) for four kebabs, the price is definitely stellar.
We spoke with poet Jacob Newberry, who recently spent a year in Israel on a Fulbright Fellowship in Creative Writing, to see what $5 can get the hungry traveler in Israel. “You can get a good falafel anywhere in the Old City for about 10 shekels ($2). There are a million of those places also in west Jerusalem,” he told us.
At Sidra, a Lebanese restaurant on Diyafah Street, you can score a fresh tabbouleh, a plate of hummus, babba ganoush, a sujuk (spicy sausage) sandwich, or a traditional saj labneh — a traditional, paper-thin Lebanese bread covered in a rich, mild cheese (the Lebanese equivalent to a bagel with cream cheese) for a scant $3.81.
If you’re dining with a group, options like Las Cabras are great: for a mixed-grill dish brimming with chorizo, expect to pay 79 Argentine pesos — about $10 — which is more than enough for at least two people.