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Where to Find the Finest Budget-Friendly Food in Dallas

Feast on perfectly priced noodles, burgers, banh mi and more

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A tangle of chilled spicy noodles at Little Sichuan
| Amy McCarthy/EDFW

Dallas is full of bank-breaking steakhouses and expensive trendy eateries, but dining in the Big D doesn’t have to mean emptying out the wallet. The city is practically littered with inexpensive restaurants that don’t skimp on the quality.

From old-school burgers to banh mi and Iraqi fare, these 18 Dallas restaurants are equal parts excellent and inexpensive. Go forth, and dine on the city’s finest budget-friendly eats.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Little Sichuan Cuisine

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240 Legacy Dr
Plano, TX 75023
(972) 517-1374

Plano is home to some of DFW’s finest Sichuan restaurants, and Little Sichuan is one of the best and most budget-friendly restaurants in the category. Giant plates of mapo tofu, kung pao chicken, noodles and more await, and they’re all big enough to share and priced at around $10. Need a cheap lunch for just one person? Order the soft noodles with spicy fermented broad bean paste and the thinly-sliced chilled cucumber floating in chili oil.

2. Arirang Korean Restaurant

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2625 Old Denton Rd #556
Carrollton, TX 75007
(972) 242-2404

This Korean restaurant tucked into the strip mall in front of Carrollton’s H-Mart serves steamer baskets filled with plump, pork or kimchi-filled dumplings for $5 each.

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3. Jeng Chi

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400 N Greenville Ave #11
Richardson, TX 75081
(972) 669-9094
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A favorite of chefs and Chinese food enthusiasts alike, Jeng Chi offers a lengthy and budget-friendly menu. Start with marinated eggs ($3), then order a bounty of “juicy dumplings,” all priced under $10 for 6 or 8.

4. Trompo Taqueria & Burgers

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2334 W Buckingham Rd #370
Garland, TX 75042
(469) 931-0786
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This Garland taqueria isn’t affiliated with the more famous taco destination in Dallas, but the spit-grilled, paprika-spiked trompo is definitely worth the drive. Open until midnight, Trompo Taqueria & Burgers serves 10 of those double tortilla-wrapped trompo tacos for $10, and that’s just damn near impossible to beat anywhere else.

5. Lá Me

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9780 Walnut St #140
Dallas, TX 75243
(972) 669-8515
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At this Vietnamese staple, a hearty bowl of pho will run you just $7, and the must-order banh mi top out at around $3 for the deluxe model topped with pate. Don’t sleep on the banh beo, or steamed rice cakes with shrimp and savory toppings.

6. Henk's European Deli & Black Forest Bakery

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5811 Blackwell St
Dallas, TX 75231
(214) 987-9090
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Vacationing in Europe is expensive, but the classic European sandwiches at Henk’s are cheap. Try a hot pastrami sandwich for $6.50, or consider a knackwurst plate. served with sauerkraut and German potato salad, for $9.

7. Keller's

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6537 E NW Hwy
Dallas, TX 75231
(214) 368-1209

A true Dallas icon, Keller’s has been serving its burgers and tater tots for more than 50 years, and the prices haven’t changed a whole lot in the ensuing decades. Ordering the $3 “Number 5 special” — a double-meat burger topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and “special dressing” — is an absolute must. Feeling like living large? Add a side of cheese fries (or tots) for $1.80 more.

8. Dunston's Steak House

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5423 W Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 352-8320
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This Dallas dining stalwart has been open since 1955, and it’s dedicated to maintaining that old-school vibe. The steaks here are grilled over mesquite wood, there’s an honest-to-god salad bar with plenty of ranch dressing, and the eternally popular bacon-wrapped filet mignon will only set you back $13.

9. Bubba's Cooks Country

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6617 Hillcrest Ave
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 373-6527
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The little brother of DFW fried chicken phenom Babe’s, Bubba’s has been serving cheap chicken-fried fare since 1981. The food here certainly isn’t light — chicken-fried steak, chicken strips, chicken and dumplings, and a whole lotta gravy — but the prices are.

10. Kuby's Sausage House

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6601 Snider Plaza
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 363-2231
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This legendary German sausage house has actual generations of fans in Dallas, and the $6 sausage plate is piled high with bratqurst, knackwurst, Weisswurst, or Weinerwurst, German potato salad, sauerkraut, cabbage, and a perfect pickle. Grab a couple of those sausages from the adjacent market to take home for a forthcoming meal.

11. Start

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4814 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 265-1411
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Healthy, fast, and cheap are what Start does best. Swing through the drive-thru for a spinach and goat cheese salad that’s priced at less than $8, or go for the $5.50 veggie and cheese quesadilla.

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12. Jimmy's Food Store

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4901 Bryan St
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 823-6180
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This beloved Italian market hides a sandwich counter that is one of the area’s worst-kept secrets. Everyone in Dallas is obsessed with Jimmy’s, and giant Italian subs stuffed with mortadella, capicola, sopressata, pepperoni, and provolone start at only $4, depending on the size.

13. La Victoria

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1605 N Haskell Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 827-0101

Starting out at 7 a.m. every day but Sunday, this East Dallas taqueria grills up some of the city’s finest breakfast tacos and burritos. For less than $4, score a giant burrito filled with sausage, eggs, and potato.

La Victoria in East Dallas.
La Victoria in East Dallas.
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14. Vietnam Restaurant

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4302 Bryan St
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 821-4542
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The less-than-ten-bucks lunch buffet at this East Dallas institution is a favorite of locals, and it’s stocked with curries, rice dishes, noodles, and more. Of course, the pho here is also solid and budget-friendly.

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15. Kalachandji's

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5430 Gurley Ave
Dallas, TX 75223
(214) 821-1048
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Opreated by the East Dallas Hare Krishna temple for nearly 40 years, Kalachandji’s is a vegetarian paradise. The menu changes daily, but soup, rice, veggie curry, and pakoras are always on the menu, and a full buffet dinner only costs $14. Just try not to get too stuffed on the famous cinnamon-raisin bread.

The veggie buffet at Kalachandji's is the stuff of legends
The veggie buffet at Kalachandji’s is the stuff of legends
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16. Lee Harvey's

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1807 Gould St
Dallas, TX 75215
(214) 428-1555
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This south-of-Downtown dive serves cold beer, laid-back vibes, and beloved burgers and onion rings, all at prices that won’t make broke diners cry.

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17. El Jordan Cafe

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416 N Bishop Ave
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 941-4451

Gentrification long ago swept through and transformed North Oak Cliff, but somebody forgot to tell El Jordan Cafe. It remains unchanged, excepting a few shiny new menus, as an unassuming, breakfast-and-lunch-only Tex-Mex spot in the middle of Bishop Arts. El Jordan hits the spot without breaking the bank.

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18. Bilad Restaurant and Bakery

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850 S Greenville Ave
Richardson, TX 75081
(972) 744-9599

This off-the-beaten-path Iraqi bakery in Richardson serves piping-hot pita, creamy hummus, and falafel sandwiches, all at ridiculously reasonable prices. Order a beef shawarma sandwich served in Iraqi bread for $6, then score a take-out bowl of hummus and pita to snack on later for $4.

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1. Little Sichuan Cuisine

240 Legacy Dr, Plano, TX 75023

Plano is home to some of DFW’s finest Sichuan restaurants, and Little Sichuan is one of the best and most budget-friendly restaurants in the category. Giant plates of mapo tofu, kung pao chicken, noodles and more await, and they’re all big enough to share and priced at around $10. Need a cheap lunch for just one person? Order the soft noodles with spicy fermented broad bean paste and the thinly-sliced chilled cucumber floating in chili oil.

240 Legacy Dr
Plano, TX 75023

2. Arirang Korean Restaurant

2625 Old Denton Rd #556, Carrollton, TX 75007
Amy McCarthy/Eater

This Korean restaurant tucked into the strip mall in front of Carrollton’s H-Mart serves steamer baskets filled with plump, pork or kimchi-filled dumplings for $5 each.

2625 Old Denton Rd #556
Carrollton, TX 75007

3. Jeng Chi

400 N Greenville Ave #11, Richardson, TX 75081

A favorite of chefs and Chinese food enthusiasts alike, Jeng Chi offers a lengthy and budget-friendly menu. Start with marinated eggs ($3), then order a bounty of “juicy dumplings,” all priced under $10 for 6 or 8.

400 N Greenville Ave #11
Richardson, TX 75081

4. Trompo Taqueria & Burgers

2334 W Buckingham Rd #370, Garland, TX 75042

This Garland taqueria isn’t affiliated with the more famous taco destination in Dallas, but the spit-grilled, paprika-spiked trompo is definitely worth the drive. Open until midnight, Trompo Taqueria & Burgers serves 10 of those double tortilla-wrapped trompo tacos for $10, and that’s just damn near impossible to beat anywhere else.

2334 W Buckingham Rd #370
Garland, TX 75042

5. Lá Me

9780 Walnut St #140, Dallas, TX 75243

At this Vietnamese staple, a hearty bowl of pho will run you just $7, and the must-order banh mi top out at around $3 for the deluxe model topped with pate. Don’t sleep on the banh beo, or steamed rice cakes with shrimp and savory toppings.

9780 Walnut St #140
Dallas, TX 75243

6. Henk's European Deli & Black Forest Bakery

5811 Blackwell St, Dallas, TX 75231

Vacationing in Europe is expensive, but the classic European sandwiches at Henk’s are cheap. Try a hot pastrami sandwich for $6.50, or consider a knackwurst plate. served with sauerkraut and German potato salad, for $9.

5811 Blackwell St
Dallas, TX 75231

7. Keller's

6537 E NW Hwy, Dallas, TX 75231

A true Dallas icon, Keller’s has been serving its burgers and tater tots for more than 50 years, and the prices haven’t changed a whole lot in the ensuing decades. Ordering the $3 “Number 5 special” — a double-meat burger topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and “special dressing” — is an absolute must. Feeling like living large? Add a side of cheese fries (or tots) for $1.80 more.

6537 E NW Hwy
Dallas, TX 75231

8. Dunston's Steak House

5423 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75209

This Dallas dining stalwart has been open since 1955, and it’s dedicated to maintaining that old-school vibe. The steaks here are grilled over mesquite wood, there’s an honest-to-god salad bar with plenty of ranch dressing, and the eternally popular bacon-wrapped filet mignon will only set you back $13.

5423 W Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75209

9. Bubba's Cooks Country

6617 Hillcrest Ave, Dallas, TX 75205

The little brother of DFW fried chicken phenom Babe’s, Bubba’s has been serving cheap chicken-fried fare since 1981. The food here certainly isn’t light — chicken-fried steak, chicken strips, chicken and dumplings, and a whole lotta gravy — but the prices are.

6617 Hillcrest Ave
Dallas, TX 75205

10. Kuby's Sausage House

6601 Snider Plaza, Dallas, TX 75205

This legendary German sausage house has actual generations of fans in Dallas, and the $6 sausage plate is piled high with bratqurst, knackwurst, Weisswurst, or Weinerwurst, German potato salad, sauerkraut, cabbage, and a perfect pickle. Grab a couple of those sausages from the adjacent market to take home for a forthcoming meal.

6601 Snider Plaza
Dallas, TX 75205

11. Start

4814 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Kevin Marple for Start

Healthy, fast, and cheap are what Start does best. Swing through the drive-thru for a spinach and goat cheese salad that’s priced at less than $8, or go for the $5.50 veggie and cheese quesadilla.

4814 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

12. Jimmy's Food Store

4901 Bryan St, Dallas, TX 75206

This beloved Italian market hides a sandwich counter that is one of the area’s worst-kept secrets. Everyone in Dallas is obsessed with Jimmy’s, and giant Italian subs stuffed with mortadella, capicola, sopressata, pepperoni, and provolone start at only $4, depending on the size.

4901 Bryan St
Dallas, TX 75206

13. La Victoria

1605 N Haskell Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
La Victoria in East Dallas.
La Victoria in East Dallas.
Mitch Wright

Starting out at 7 a.m. every day but Sunday, this East Dallas taqueria grills up some of the city’s finest breakfast tacos and burritos. For less than $4, score a giant burrito filled with sausage, eggs, and potato.

1605 N Haskell Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

14. Vietnam Restaurant

4302 Bryan St, Dallas, TX 75204
Jason H./Yelp

The less-than-ten-bucks lunch buffet at this East Dallas institution is a favorite of locals, and it’s stocked with curries, rice dishes, noodles, and more. Of course, the pho here is also solid and budget-friendly.

4302 Bryan St
Dallas, TX 75204

15. Kalachandji's

5430 Gurley Ave, Dallas, TX 75223
The veggie buffet at Kalachandji's is the stuff of legends
The veggie buffet at Kalachandji’s is the stuff of legends
Kathy Tran/EDFW

Opreated by the East Dallas Hare Krishna temple for nearly 40 years, Kalachandji’s is a vegetarian paradise. The menu changes daily, but soup, rice, veggie curry, and pakoras are always on the menu, and a full buffet dinner only costs $14. Just try not to get too stuffed on the famous cinnamon-raisin bread.

5430 Gurley Ave
Dallas, TX 75223

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16. Lee Harvey's

1807 Gould St, Dallas, TX 75215
Lee Harvey’s

This south-of-Downtown dive serves cold beer, laid-back vibes, and beloved burgers and onion rings, all at prices that won’t make broke diners cry.

1807 Gould St
Dallas, TX 75215

17. El Jordan Cafe

416 N Bishop Ave, Dallas, TX 75208

Gentrification long ago swept through and transformed North Oak Cliff, but somebody forgot to tell El Jordan Cafe. It remains unchanged, excepting a few shiny new menus, as an unassuming, breakfast-and-lunch-only Tex-Mex spot in the middle of Bishop Arts. El Jordan hits the spot without breaking the bank.

416 N Bishop Ave
Dallas, TX 75208

18. Bilad Restaurant and Bakery

850 S Greenville Ave, Richardson, TX 75081

This off-the-beaten-path Iraqi bakery in Richardson serves piping-hot pita, creamy hummus, and falafel sandwiches, all at ridiculously reasonable prices. Order a beef shawarma sandwich served in Iraqi bread for $6, then score a take-out bowl of hummus and pita to snack on later for $4.

850 S Greenville Ave
Richardson, TX 75081

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