Broke for Valentine’s Day? Try our five low-cost ideas


Valentine’s Day can be a challenge, especially if money is an issue. Thankfully, Tucson offers numerous options that will please your date and your wallet. Check out these budget-friendly places that don’t include a drive-thru.

From Ethiopian cuisine to Mexican food to everything in between, we hope this guide will help to make your day special.

1. La Indita

La Indita is a family-run restaurant that really delivers on service and taste. Dishes vary from chicken mole to Indian fry bread tacos.

Another perk: free chips and salsa. Dishes at La Indita vary from $8 to $12, which means a meal for two at this cozy place can cost as little as $20 with tip.

2. Café Desta

If you’re sick of Mexican and want to be a bit more adventurous, try Café Desta. It’s an Ethiopian restaurant where Injeera bread is served, along with multiple side dishes to share. This place would be a great fit for vegans.

For $25, you can get a combo for two that includes any five items. Options include vegan and meat dishes served with selata and Injeera or rice.

To save even more money, stop by before 2:30 p.m. for a lunch special that includes three items with rice or Injeera for $9.

3. BK’s hot dog stand 

Downtown Tucson also has a BK’s hot dog stand right in front of Puebla Vida Brewery. If you’re looking for awesome beer, brewed locally, this is the place to be.

Grab some Sonoran hot dogs, drink some beer and go on a walk.

4. Caruso’s 

If you’re looking for something classier, check out Caruso’s. It’s another family-run Italian restaurant that serves up delicious food and gives you free garlic bread to start.

Dishes rarely exceed $13. If you cut out wine and desert, you can get a white tablecloth dinner for under $35 including tip.

5. Lindy’s on 4th

If ethnic cuisine isn’t your cup of tea, have no fear. There’s always Lindy’s.

Yes, this place is small and often crowded, but for good reason.

Stop by and try one of their many specialty burgers with tots or fries. A single burger is $6.50 and you can share a basket of tots for $5. A meal here will be well under $25 including tip.

There will also be live music and merchant discounts on Fourth Avenue on Valentine’s Day. Check it out even if you don’t eat — there will be plenty to do and see.


La Indita

622 N. Fourth Ave.


Café Desta

758 S. Stone Ave.


Puebla Vida Brewing Co.

and BK’s hot dog stand 

115 E. Broadway Blvd.

(The hotdog stand is in front of Puebla Vida)

Carusos Itanlian Restaurant

434 N. Fourth Ave.



431 N. Fourth Ave.


Pg08-La Indita
La Indita on North Fourth Avenue definitely shows a lot of variety and character. (Aztec photos by Rudrani Chatterjee)
Pg08-Cafe Desta
Cafe Desta, an Ethiopian restaurant, offers a variety of dishes for adventurous diners.
Pg08-BK Hot Dog
BK’s hot dog stand on East Broadway can be paired with locally brewed beer.
Caruso’s, a family-owned Italian restaurant, is ideal for wine and pasta lovers.
Lindy’s is always a crowd pleaser and leaves customers feeling satisfied.


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