10 Best Cheap Eats in Dallas

The 10 best cheap eats in Dallas are here. Photo Courtesy Michael Stern

By Jacy Cox

Mutts Canine Cantina
I don’t understand Mutts’ business model and frankly who cares? With seriously tasty $2.99 burgers on Tuesdays and $2 Margs every Monday, I’ll stay blissfully ignorant.

Asian Mint
On Monday and Tuesday nights Nigiri is a measly $1 a piece from 5 p.m. till close. Now that the newly renovated Oishii no longer offers this Tuesday special, Asian Mint is your best bet.

Malai Kitchen
The Thai/Vietnamese restaurant in the heart of West Village is a deal if you stop by Monday through Friday 4-7 and all day Sunday.  Two appetizers for $9 and $3 beer is reason enough to spend a little more on the delicious entrees.

Mama’s Daughters
In North Dallas you’ll find biscuits and gravy for $2.79 and a BLT for around $4 here. Mama’s is the perfect place to stop if you spent all of your money at the bar the night before and have the hangover to show for it. The top Yelp review says it all, “The sides are delicious, the gravy is magnificent, you would want to bring it in your sex life.”

Taqueria La Ventana
If you’re craving Mexican and looking for tacos cheaper than your Topo Chico, La Ventana’s your best bet. True to its name, tacos, burritos salad bowls and beer are served up through an order window behind the much higher priced Meso Maya.

Fuel City Tacos
Are car washes and street tacos two of your favorite things? Doesn’t matter. These tacos will be on your list after you try them for a mere $1.75 each. Traditional street taco lovers only because these tacos skip all the frills.

This burger gem always ranks among the best cheap eats in Dallas, and with good reason. You won’t find any fancy Bison burgers here. What you will find are deliciously juicy burgers on poppy-seed buns for only $2.35 that will grease through your napkins, bag, and possibly your upholstery. It’s worth it.

Uncle Uber’s Sammich Shop
If you love a sandwich that requires two hands to eat, Uncle Uber’s is the way to go. The Cuban is to die for and blows others in the Dallas area out of the water. Don’t skimp on the Uber sauce or Garlic mayo. And, for a regular sandwich shop, their BunMe deserves a shout out. Fine, it isn’t as cheap as other sandwich shops, but we said “best cheap eats” not cheapest eats.

This Indian restaurant offers vegan, vegetarian and non-dairy options along with an endless buffet of ambiguous (to the novice) but amazing food. Everything is made fresh daily and you can stack your plate as high as you can for a mere $9.95. It’s a steal for the quality of food and atmosphere.

Lee Harvey’s
This menu is in a constant state of flux but always offers something great for the frugal. Mondays offer $1 tacos and Tuesdays mean you can grab half price burgers and fries. Personally, I skip all that for the $6 gumbo.