Original Pollo Bowl at El Pollo Loco

The Pollo Bowl is a popular and relatively healthful—not to mention delicious—alternative to most fast foods. The chicken is flame-grilled right before your eyes and served over Spanish rice and pinto beans, topped with onions, cilantro and your choice of salsa. Eating well (and cheap!) has never tasted so good. $4.29, multiple locations.

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Basil Pesto Linguine at Kona Grill

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Basil Pesto Linguine at Kona Grill

While Kona is known more for its happy hour than anything else, the dinner menu does have some tricks up its sleeve. The basil pesto linguine features a generous portion of pasta studded with chicken, Andouille sausage and roasted tomatoes, all of which is smothered in a basil pesto cream sauce that has just the right amount of spice. When the linguine is gone, soak up the remaining sauce with the crispy garlic bread served on the side. $12, 750 S. Rampart Blvd., 547-5552.