Saigon Subs and Pho
For inexpensive meals, try one of the area's restaurants. In fact, the costliest items at Mr. Pho (under the same roof as the market) are the $9.50 dinner specials.
Grab a take-out Saigon Sub from Banh Mi Ba Le. For $1.85 you get a French baguette packed with pâtés, sweet radish pickle, onion, cucumber, cilantro, hot peppers, mayo, and three kinds of meat.
For the best pho (soup), go to Pho Hoa. The comfort food of Vietnamese cuisine, pho makes a meal by itself. The beef broth comes with scallions, rice noodles, and slices of beef or chicken. Add-your-own garnishes include crisp bean sprouts, jalapeños, lime wedges, and fresh herbs such as basil, mint, or cilantro-like ngo gai. At $6 for a large bowl, you can feel thrifty as well as healthy.