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Cheap spots to eat in Dallas

Your guide to fine dining on a budget.


Make it a picnic night with to-go burgers, hot dogs and frozen custard from Relish, a walk-up counter tucked in a corner at Klyde Warren Park. Burgers and dogs are just under $6! So grab some beers and wine and sit on the patio for prime views of the park.

Socca Mediterranean Café

Go for crepes at the Dallas Museum of Art’s latest dining option. Check out the menu at the cute walk-up counter on the spacious plaza outside the museum and take your pick from savory or sweet, topped off with your favorite beer or a glass of refreshing lemonade.


Take a stroll through the Bishop Arts District before grabbing a table at Eno’s, a local pizzeria. Share a bottle of merlot as the soft sounds of the weekly local musician serenade the room.

Jimmy's Food Store

Visit this East Dallas staple that has been around for more than 50 years and is known for their specialty sandwiches. Explore the store for your pick of a fine bottle of wine before setting up in the cozy eating nook for a casual dinner.

Taqueria La Ventana

Stop by the Dallas Farmer’s Market for a tasty and affordable lunch at Taqueria La Ventana. This taqueria offers authentic Mexican street tacos for $1.95, with bowls, burritos and quesadillas at just four dollars more. Enjoy a plate of tacos and a $2 churro on the patio, then explore the market to see what other things you can find with the extra cash you saved.

Klyde Warren Park

Have a picnic at Klyde Warren Park and choose your meal from one of the many daily food truck options. While you’re there, you can enjoy the free activities or grab a book or board game from the park’s library and relax on the grass.

Garden Café

This daytime neighborhood eatery features a beautiful garden patio where you can enjoy a southern-style brunch or a quiet lunch with your bff. THE BYO-omelet selection is a daily option (and only $10) with other specials every day of the week to satisfy any craving.

Cane Rosso

Share a wood-fired (and under $20) Neapolitan pie at this quaint pizzeria in Deep Ellum. Pair your slice with a bottle of wine and enjoy some gelato for dessert. Cane Rosso will transport you to Italy for an authentic dining experience.

The Old Monk

Head to this watering hole for a relaxed daytime outing or go after hours for a good time. Their starters menu offers up $5.50 skinny fries with a trio of dipping mayos and a hearty lentil soup that will only set you back for $3. While the cheeseboard does break the $10 mark (it’s $14), it comes with three cheese options, olives, crackers, bread and plenty of garnish – plenty to call it meal.

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Last updated on 10/31/2018.