The Best Cheap Tacos in The Bay Area || 5 Buck Lunch

In The Bay, affordable tacos aren’t hard to find. They can be found on almost any block or corner. But This is Thrillist and we aren’t searching for basic affordable tacos. We’re looking for the most mind-blowing, mouth-watering tacos our $5 can buy! Join host Nicole Wilhelm as she takes us to find the most delicious tacos our 500 pennies can buy. We’re going to a local gem that will tingle your taste buds. La Casita in Oakland is serving up authentic Mexican cuisine, featuring some of the best tacos in town and we’ll show you why. That is, after all, why Thrillist is your go-to for all food recommendations. You know the rules: We’ve only got $5, so we need to make every penny count… and we’ve definitely got you covered.

Thrillist is bringing back its popular cheap-eats show, but bigger and better than ever with three new hosts. Every week, we’ll explore all the best places to eat (that actually taste good) for under $5, and not a penny more. This season, we’re taking it beyond just New York City and traveling to Washington, DC and the San Francisco Bay Area to show you where to get the best bang for your buck. So if you need a break from the expensive, from the chains, or you’re just looking for new places to try in your city, this is the show for you. Welcome to “5 Buck Lunch.”

Nicole Wilhelm was born, raised, and still lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. A food-obsessor and serial entrepreneur, she works alongside her husband as the co-founder of a multi-million dollar real estate business. Whenever she gets a chance, she still loves to play like she’s a tourist and explore the city’s ever-changing hoods. You may find her in Japantown at Ramen Yamadaya slurping up some of the best ramen in the city or eating cornbread out of a cast-iron skillet at the “little restaurant that could,” the Brown Sugar Kitchen.


Nicole Wilhelm

Marvin Mack

Camera Operator
Josh Rottman

Audio Operator
Tony Jensen

Cole Saladino

Production Assistants
Ashley Tapia
Bobby Ysips

Production Coordinator
Myra Rivera

Ede Bell Crowder
Gunsel Pehlivan

Design Director
Ted McGrath

Fredy Delgado

Senior Producer
Lauren Brenner

Line Producer
Emily Tufaro

Post-Production Supervisor
Dan Byrne

Supervising Producer
Stasia Jones

Executive Producer
Justin Lundstrom

Subscribe to Thrillist

Check out our website for more food, drink, travel, and entertainment.

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Instagram

Sign up for our newsletter

#thrillist #5bucklunch #tacos