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Where to Find the Finest Budget-Friendly Food in Dallas

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Snag a burger and chips for $5 at Roy G’s
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Dallas is full of bank-breaking steakhouses and expensive trendy eateries, but dining in the Big D doesn’t have to mean emptying out your wallet. The city is practically littered with inexpensive restaurants that don’t skimp on quality.

Whether you’re in the mood for burgers, sushi, tacos, or pho, your dollar goes far at several Dallas hotspots in all of the city’s iconic neighborhoods. 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. Maple Leaf Diner

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12817 Preston Rd #129
Dallas, TX 75230
(214) 434-1626
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Enjoy classic diner plates and hearty comfort foods at this restaurant from a homesick Canadian. Many menu items are around $10 and a full plate of poutine (cheese curd and gravy-covered fries) is just $7.99.

2. 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 $6.25 for half or $7.25 for full, or consider a knackwurst plate, served with sauerkraut and German potato salad, for $9.95.

3. 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 $4.25 “Number 5 special” — a double-meat burger topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and “special dressing” — is an absolute must. Note that this spot is cash only.

4. Palmer's Hot Chicken

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6465 E Mockingbird Ln #316
Dallas, TX 75214
(972) 863-9366
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Want a taste of Nashville hot chicken, but can’t choose from the several spots in Dallas? Definitely check out Palmer’s. A hot chicken sandwich and some pillowy fries is only $10, and diners can choose the level of spice. Try the napalm spice at your own risk.

5. Halcyon

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2900 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(469) 547-2265
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At Halcyon’s happy hour from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., $5 bites include pimento grilled cheese, chicken biscuits, fried pickles, and pineapple cream cheese toast.

6. Smokey John's Bar-B-Que & Home Cooking

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1820 W Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75235
(214) 352-2752
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You may know Smokey John’s from their several television appearances, including Restaurant Recovery and Deep Fried Dynasty. This good old fashioned barbecue won’t bust a budget. For example, the lunch special plate costs $10.95 with two sides, cornbread or Texas toast, and a rotating daily protein option, from smothered pork chops to turkey and dressing.

7. Italia Express Cedar Springs

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4000 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 521-3300
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Hungover? Or simply just stressed out? There’s no problem a large $4 slice of pizza at Italia Express can’t fix.

8. Hunky's Old Fashioned Hamburgers

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3930 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 522-1212
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With rotating deals daily, get a burger, fries and a drink at Hunky’s for less than $10.

9. Roy G's

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4001 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 272-7127
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At this rainbow-themed diner and bar, diners can enjoy $5 burgers every weekday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The burgers come with a side of chips, but for those who upgrade to fries, definitely order an extra side of G’s sauce.

10. Taqueria La Ventana

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3847 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219
(972) 432-5945
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Who can turn down $2.50 tacos and $5.25 margaritas? Stop by during happy hour hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for $3.75 margaritas, either on the rocks or frozen.

11. Pho Crimson

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3000 Blackburn St #140c
Dallas, TX 75204
(469) 547-5443
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A hearty bowl of pho for only $8.75 is bound to make the winter blues go away. 

12. Salad and Go

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5101 Ross Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

With protein-packed salads (or wraps) for less than $6 and breakfast burritos for $3, Salad and Go just might be the healthy-yet-inexpensive combo everyone’s been wishing for. Wishes do come true: drinks at Salad and Go are just a dollar, including cold brew and the not-too-sweet frozen strawberry lemonade.

13. Jimmy's Food Store

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4901 Bryan St
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 823-6180
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For budget-friendly Italian, try Jimmy’s instead of Eataly. This beloved 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 $5, depending on the size.

14. 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 around $4, score a giant burrito filled with sausage, eggs, and potato.

15. CheapSteaks

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2613 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 730-0220
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Catch a show in Deep Ellum and enjoy a nice, quality steak with parmesan truffle fries for less than $20. The CheapSteaks’ house cut starts at $14.99 and filet mignon is a splurge at $23.99.

16. Zenna Thai & Japanese Restaurant

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300 N Akard St
Dallas, TX 75204
(972) 597-9997
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This downtown sushi spot offers gyoza, traditional rolls, and skewers, many of which only cost $5 or $6.

17. Rodeo Bar

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1321 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 651-3559
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This newly reopened Texas-themed bar at The Adolphus is a celebration of all things Texas — including delicious burgers, which some call the best in Dallas, for only $8.

18. The Wild Detectives

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314 W Eighth St
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 942-0108
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This little house in Oak Cliff has everything you want in one place. A bookstore, a bar, a coffee house and a music venue. On weekdays during happy hour, you can get a free drink when you purchase a book.

19. The Island Spot

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309 Jefferson Blvd
Dallas, TX 75208
(972) 913-4919
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This Oak Cliff favorite is one of very few places in Dallas where you can feast on Caribbean and Jamaican cuisine. Fill up on light bites like patties, fried plantains, and dumplings, all of which cost less than $4. 

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1. Maple Leaf Diner

12817 Preston Rd #129, Dallas, TX 75230

Enjoy classic diner plates and hearty comfort foods at this restaurant from a homesick Canadian. Many menu items are around $10 and a full plate of poutine (cheese curd and gravy-covered fries) is just $7.99.

12817 Preston Rd #129
Dallas, TX 75230

2. 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 $6.25 for half or $7.25 for full, or consider a knackwurst plate, served with sauerkraut and German potato salad, for $9.95.

5811 Blackwell St
Dallas, TX 75231

3. 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 $4.25 “Number 5 special” — a double-meat burger topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and “special dressing” — is an absolute must. Note that this spot is cash only.

6537 E NW Hwy
Dallas, TX 75231

4. Palmer's Hot Chicken

6465 E Mockingbird Ln #316, Dallas, TX 75214

Want a taste of Nashville hot chicken, but can’t choose from the several spots in Dallas? Definitely check out Palmer’s. A hot chicken sandwich and some pillowy fries is only $10, and diners can choose the level of spice. Try the napalm spice at your own risk.

6465 E Mockingbird Ln #316
Dallas, TX 75214

5. Halcyon

2900 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

At Halcyon’s happy hour from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., $5 bites include pimento grilled cheese, chicken biscuits, fried pickles, and pineapple cream cheese toast.

2900 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

6. Smokey John's Bar-B-Que & Home Cooking

1820 W Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75235

You may know Smokey John’s from their several television appearances, including Restaurant Recovery and Deep Fried Dynasty. This good old fashioned barbecue won’t bust a budget. For example, the lunch special plate costs $10.95 with two sides, cornbread or Texas toast, and a rotating daily protein option, from smothered pork chops to turkey and dressing.

1820 W Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75235

7. Italia Express Cedar Springs

4000 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75219

Hungover? Or simply just stressed out? There’s no problem a large $4 slice of pizza at Italia Express can’t fix.

4000 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219

8. Hunky's Old Fashioned Hamburgers

3930 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75219

With rotating deals daily, get a burger, fries and a drink at Hunky’s for less than $10.

3930 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219

9. Roy G's

4001 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75219

At this rainbow-themed diner and bar, diners can enjoy $5 burgers every weekday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The burgers come with a side of chips, but for those who upgrade to fries, definitely order an extra side of G’s sauce.

4001 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219

10. Taqueria La Ventana

3847 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75219

Who can turn down $2.50 tacos and $5.25 margaritas? Stop by during happy hour hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for $3.75 margaritas, either on the rocks or frozen.

3847 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219

11. Pho Crimson

3000 Blackburn St #140c, Dallas, TX 75204

A hearty bowl of pho for only $8.75 is bound to make the winter blues go away. 

3000 Blackburn St #140c
Dallas, TX 75204

12. Salad and Go

5101 Ross Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

With protein-packed salads (or wraps) for less than $6 and breakfast burritos for $3, Salad and Go just might be the healthy-yet-inexpensive combo everyone’s been wishing for. Wishes do come true: drinks at Salad and Go are just a dollar, including cold brew and the not-too-sweet frozen strawberry lemonade.

5101 Ross Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

13. Jimmy's Food Store

4901 Bryan St, Dallas, TX 75206

For budget-friendly Italian, try Jimmy’s instead of Eataly. This beloved 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 $5, depending on the size.

4901 Bryan St
Dallas, TX 75206

14. La Victoria

1605 N Haskell Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

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 around $4, score a giant burrito filled with sausage, eggs, and potato.

1605 N Haskell Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

15. CheapSteaks

2613 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226

Catch a show in Deep Ellum and enjoy a nice, quality steak with parmesan truffle fries for less than $20. The CheapSteaks’ house cut starts at $14.99 and filet mignon is a splurge at $23.99.

2613 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

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16. Zenna Thai & Japanese Restaurant

300 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75204

This downtown sushi spot offers gyoza, traditional rolls, and skewers, many of which only cost $5 or $6.

300 N Akard St
Dallas, TX 75204

17. Rodeo Bar

1321 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75202

This newly reopened Texas-themed bar at The Adolphus is a celebration of all things Texas — including delicious burgers, which some call the best in Dallas, for only $8.

1321 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75202

18. The Wild Detectives

314 W Eighth St, Dallas, TX 75208

This little house in Oak Cliff has everything you want in one place. A bookstore, a bar, a coffee house and a music venue. On weekdays during happy hour, you can get a free drink when you purchase a book.

314 W Eighth St
Dallas, TX 75208

19. The Island Spot

309 Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, TX 75208

This Oak Cliff favorite is one of very few places in Dallas where you can feast on Caribbean and Jamaican cuisine. Fill up on light bites like patties, fried plantains, and dumplings, all of which cost less than $4. 

309 Jefferson Blvd
Dallas, TX 75208

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