EL SALVADOR
Queso con Loroco Pupusa
Guanaco’s Tacos Pupuseria El Salvador’s street food of choice is the pupusa—a thick corn tortilla stuffed with cheeses and meats and just the right amount of grease—and Seattle’s pupuseria of choice is a pair of adorably authentic checked-vinyl-tablecloth spots called Guanaco’s, in the cheap-eats ghettos of Broadway and the U District. We love the queso con loroco, a tropical herb-inflected cheese, and we love it on the No. 1 plate. guanacostacos.webs.com

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INDIA
Samosa Chaat
Travelers Thali House Restaurant It’s the closest Seattle comes to authentic, home-cooked Indian food, served in a house on Beacon Hill, to be enjoyed as thali (multiple small plates to create a meal, a $15 deal) or chaat, the cheap street snacks of Delhi. The samosa chaat is a smart $4 trade: Not only is the potato-and-pea-filled pastry a warming, flaky marvel—it’s even better smashed and slathered with curry and yogurt. travelersteaco.com

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JAPAN
Curry Bun
Fuji Bakery The display cases here are filled with cunning, jewel-like creations and delicate notes of green tea and chocolate, and yet the confection that inspires unignorable cravings resembles a really good-looking meatball. It’s filled with housemade curry, coated in Japanese panko breadcrumbs, then fried so each bite packs crunch. fujibakeryinc.com

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RUSSIA
Piroshky
Piroshky Piroshky The Pride of Pikeplaceistan, the handheld pies from this Russian bakery are not only under-$5 cheap—they’re gloriously portable. Lucky you if you can spy the woman fashioning the dough from your spot in the inevitable line snaking out the door; luckier you if she’s made the smoked salmon mousse piroshky with the dill-speckled crust—nowhere near authentic but a charming and tasty regional spin. piroshkybakery.com

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USA
Chicken Potpie
Pie No matter where you stand on the “pie is the new cupcake” debate, only one of these confections begs to be filled with chunks of chicken and potato, peas, and creamy sauce. This Fremont shop’s thick stew and buttery crust is a $5 blast of Grandma’s kitchen. sweetandsavorypie.com

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VIETNAM
Pâté Chaud
Ba Bar One silver lining of France’s occupation of Vietnam was the creation of pâté chaud, a mix of ground pork and diced vegetables in a sheath of puff pastry. At Ba Bar, the stylish bar-cafe specializing in Saigon’s street food, the pork is Carlton Farms, the vegetables are carrots and caramelized onion, the shattering pastry is wicked with butter—and the price is $5. babarseattle.com