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Cheap spots to eat in Dallas

Your guide to fine dining on a budget.


Take a stroll through the Bishop Arts District before grabbing a table at Eno’s, a local pizzeria. Enjoy the lunch special (offered Tuesday to Friday), including an 8-inch pizza, Caesar salad or cup of soup for $9.95!

Jimmy's Food Store

Visit this East Dallas staple that has been around for more than 50 years and is known for their specialty Italian sandwiches, all of which are under $10. Explore the store and pick up a fine bottle of wine to take back home.

Taqueria La Ventana

Stop by the four Dallas locations 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. Don’t leave without ordering the Churro con Cajeta – a made-to-order, warm, caramel stuffed churro that you won’t regret.

Cane Rosso

Share a wood-fired (and under $20) Neapolitan pie at this local pizzeria. Grab your friends and come for happy hour specials (Monday to Friday, 3 to 6 p.m.) to enjoy $7-9 pizzas, $5 house wines, and $2 off appetizers.

The Old Monk

Head to this watering hole on Henderson Avenue for a relaxed daytime outing or go after hours for a good time. Their starters menu offers up $6 skinny fries with a trio of dipping mayo’s and a hearty lentil soup that will only set you back for $3.50. And you can’t not order the cheeseboard. It’s $15 and comes with three cheese options, olives, crackers, bread and plenty of garnish – enough to call it a meal!

Klyde Warren Park

Have a picnic at Klyde Warren Park and choose your meal from one of the many daily food truck options, like barbecue, Asian cuisine, pizza and more! Food trucks are in the park every day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday nights from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Check their daily schedule to see who’s on the lineup.

Uncle Ubers Sammich Shop

Get your sandwich fix at this longstanding casual eatery. Their menu offers more than a dozen sandwich variations, including vegetarian options for under $10! They also have tasty salads, bowls and their must-order hand-cut fries.

Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que

Feast on delicious barbecue that won’t break the bank at Smokey John’s. Located in Northwest Dallas, the Black-owned restaurant serves sandwich plates, stuffed meat taters, and all your favorite Southern-style sides. Their daily homecooked lunch special includes an entrée, two sides, and Texas toast or cornbread for $9.95 – an option you can’t pass up!

Bubba’s Cooks Country

Go for Southern comfort food at this family-owned diner in Snider Plaza near SMU. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner – get a hearty meal any time of day! From the pancake plate ($4-6) in the morning to the two-piece fried chicken dinner (less than $10) in the evening, it’s always a good time for a home cooked meal.

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Last updated on 11/17/2020.