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The Finest Budget-Friendly Restaurants in Dallas

Feast on perfectly priced Asian street food, burgers, tacos, and more

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Inflation is up, and our bank accounts are down. For those hoping to save a few dollars, every little bit counts. You can treat yourself on a budget. These Dallas restaurants offer good eats at a price that won’t take your whole wallet out.

From Indian to Asian street food to plant-based fast food to New York-style pizza, there’s something for every taste and budget at these local spots.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Keller's Hamburgers

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Is there anything more Dallas than driving up to Keller’s for a burger? And is there any better price point than under $3 for a burger or a cheeseburger? Nope. Sure isn’t.

Bubba's Cooks Country - Dallas

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With a one-piece meal under $10 and a three-piece under $17, eating some of the best fried chicken in Big D is on the menu at a price point a family can manage at Bubba’s Cooks Country. 

Project Pollo

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Get your fast food fix, but make it sustainable and entirely plant-based. This San Antonio chain opened an outpost on Greenville Ave. that serves up chicken sandwiches, burgers, wings, wraps, and more — and nothing on the menu is over $9. There’s also a “pay what you can” menu if those prices are too high. 

Clockwise from center: a fountain drink soda with ice in a clear plastic cup, a cheese burger, french fries, and a chicken sandwich.
The Original Project chicken sandwich, a Backyard Burger, and Papas french fries from Project Pollo.
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Green Spot

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With tacos at $3.75 each (or $4.50 for shrimp or Mahi Mahi) and bowls for $7.50, this affordable spot in Lake Highlands serves up some of the best gas station tacos in the city that won’t give you the heebie-jeebies that other places will. The meats are all locally sourced, and the eggs are cage-free. And a sighting of Erykah Badu might happen — she’s known to come in for a vegetarian taco from time to time.

Red Stix Street Food

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Chef Uno Immanivong serves up Asian street food at an affordable price, with dishes inspired by her childhood in Thailand. Try a banh mi sandwich with chicken Thai curry satay or crispy fried tofu for $9.45. Mix and match bowls are $11.90 and can be made with steamed duck fat rice, buttered garlic noodles, Chinese barbecue pork, and teriyaki chicken, among numerous other options. 

Dishes from Red Stix including a Bánh Mi sandwich, pan fried dumplings, and a bowl.
A selection of menu items from Red Stix.
Red Stix

Hello Dumpling

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Priced at eight dumplings for $10 and under, this is a steal for housemade dumplings — the pork with Napa cabbage and beef with carrots and onion are especially good. There are equally yummy rice dumplings, baozi, soup noodles that top out at $12 for an order, sauce noodles at $9.50 on the high end, and amazing crispy basil chicken for only $7, along with other plates of hot and cold bites. 

A trio of dumplings sit on a marble table. One is split open and the shrimp and zucchini that stuff it are visible. Chopsticks and soy sauce sit in the background.
Shrimp with zucchini dumplings from Hello Dumpling.
Hello Dumpling

Curry Up Now

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The price is right for Indian street food at Curry Up Now. At $11, its burritos take traditional Indian fare and wrap them up in a tortilla for easy eating. Bowls are $12, rice plates are $10, and the Sexy Fries, an Indian-inspired poutine-type sweet potato fry plate, are $11.

A burrito is stuffed with the ingredients of chicken tikka masala and wrapped in foil.
The CTM burrito at Curry Up Now.
Curry Up Now

Dairy-Ette

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Dairy-ette has been serving burgers, fries, and milkshakes to Dallas since 1956. Drive up or come in and order a basket for under $6. This good old-fashioned American food will make you nostalgic for car hops and these prices. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. 

In a red basket with butcher paper, a burger and tater tots sit nestled together.
A burger and tater tots a Dairyette.
Courtney E. Smith

Ocean Shak

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Fried fish that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg: that, along with several Creole and Cajun dishes served in baskets, is what Ocean Shak is cooking up. Shrimp, catfish, hush puppies: order a whole mess and still get out under $15.

Carmine's Pizza Downtown

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Carmine’s serves authentic New York-style pizza and makes affordable prices a key component of the business. A 12” specialty medium is under $14, including white, goat cheese, chicken teriyaki, and meatball pizza options. 

Los Molcajetes

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Down in Pleasant Grove is where some of the best Mexican food in the Metroplex can be found. The taco plates max out at $12 for three tacos plus rice, beans, pico de gallo, and salsa. Don’t miss the tacos molcajetes, which are done in Mexico City style and stuffed with beef, chorizo, cactus, potatoes, and Oaxaca cheese.

A plate of Mexican food, loaded clockwise with refried beans and rice, a taco, a tamale in a wrapper, and an enchilada in red sauce with cheese.
A plate of everything yummy from Los Molcajetes.
Los Molcajetes

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Keller's Hamburgers

Is there anything more Dallas than driving up to Keller’s for a burger? And is there any better price point than under $3 for a burger or a cheeseburger? Nope. Sure isn’t.

Bubba's Cooks Country - Dallas

With a one-piece meal under $10 and a three-piece under $17, eating some of the best fried chicken in Big D is on the menu at a price point a family can manage at Bubba’s Cooks Country. 

Project Pollo

Clockwise from center: a fountain drink soda with ice in a clear plastic cup, a cheese burger, french fries, and a chicken sandwich.
The Original Project chicken sandwich, a Backyard Burger, and Papas french fries from Project Pollo.
Project Pollo

Get your fast food fix, but make it sustainable and entirely plant-based. This San Antonio chain opened an outpost on Greenville Ave. that serves up chicken sandwiches, burgers, wings, wraps, and more — and nothing on the menu is over $9. There’s also a “pay what you can” menu if those prices are too high. 

Clockwise from center: a fountain drink soda with ice in a clear plastic cup, a cheese burger, french fries, and a chicken sandwich.
The Original Project chicken sandwich, a Backyard Burger, and Papas french fries from Project Pollo.
Project Pollo

Green Spot

With tacos at $3.75 each (or $4.50 for shrimp or Mahi Mahi) and bowls for $7.50, this affordable spot in Lake Highlands serves up some of the best gas station tacos in the city that won’t give you the heebie-jeebies that other places will. The meats are all locally sourced, and the eggs are cage-free. And a sighting of Erykah Badu might happen — she’s known to come in for a vegetarian taco from time to time.

Red Stix Street Food

Dishes from Red Stix including a Bánh Mi sandwich, pan fried dumplings, and a bowl.
A selection of menu items from Red Stix.
Red Stix

Chef Uno Immanivong serves up Asian street food at an affordable price, with dishes inspired by her childhood in Thailand. Try a banh mi sandwich with chicken Thai curry satay or crispy fried tofu for $9.45. Mix and match bowls are $11.90 and can be made with steamed duck fat rice, buttered garlic noodles, Chinese barbecue pork, and teriyaki chicken, among numerous other options. 

Dishes from Red Stix including a Bánh Mi sandwich, pan fried dumplings, and a bowl.
A selection of menu items from Red Stix.
Red Stix

Hello Dumpling

A trio of dumplings sit on a marble table. One is split open and the shrimp and zucchini that stuff it are visible. Chopsticks and soy sauce sit in the background.
Shrimp with zucchini dumplings from Hello Dumpling.
Hello Dumpling

Priced at eight dumplings for $10 and under, this is a steal for housemade dumplings — the pork with Napa cabbage and beef with carrots and onion are especially good. There are equally yummy rice dumplings, baozi, soup noodles that top out at $12 for an order, sauce noodles at $9.50 on the high end, and amazing crispy basil chicken for only $7, along with other plates of hot and cold bites. 

A trio of dumplings sit on a marble table. One is split open and the shrimp and zucchini that stuff it are visible. Chopsticks and soy sauce sit in the background.
Shrimp with zucchini dumplings from Hello Dumpling.
Hello Dumpling

Curry Up Now

A burrito is stuffed with the ingredients of chicken tikka masala and wrapped in foil.
The CTM burrito at Curry Up Now.
Curry Up Now

The price is right for Indian street food at Curry Up Now. At $11, its burritos take traditional Indian fare and wrap them up in a tortilla for easy eating. Bowls are $12, rice plates are $10, and the Sexy Fries, an Indian-inspired poutine-type sweet potato fry plate, are $11.

A burrito is stuffed with the ingredients of chicken tikka masala and wrapped in foil.
The CTM burrito at Curry Up Now.
Curry Up Now

Dairy-Ette

In a red basket with butcher paper, a burger and tater tots sit nestled together.
A burger and tater tots a Dairyette.
Courtney E. Smith

Dairy-ette has been serving burgers, fries, and milkshakes to Dallas since 1956. Drive up or come in and order a basket for under $6. This good old-fashioned American food will make you nostalgic for car hops and these prices. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. 

In a red basket with butcher paper, a burger and tater tots sit nestled together.
A burger and tater tots a Dairyette.
Courtney E. Smith

Ocean Shak

Fried fish that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg: that, along with several Creole and Cajun dishes served in baskets, is what Ocean Shak is cooking up. Shrimp, catfish, hush puppies: order a whole mess and still get out under $15.

Carmine's Pizza Downtown

Carmine’s serves authentic New York-style pizza and makes affordable prices a key component of the business. A 12” specialty medium is under $14, including white, goat cheese, chicken teriyaki, and meatball pizza options. 

Los Molcajetes

A plate of Mexican food, loaded clockwise with refried beans and rice, a taco, a tamale in a wrapper, and an enchilada in red sauce with cheese.
A plate of everything yummy from Los Molcajetes.
Los Molcajetes

Down in Pleasant Grove is where some of the best Mexican food in the Metroplex can be found. The taco plates max out at $12 for three tacos plus rice, beans, pico de gallo, and salsa. Don’t miss the tacos molcajetes, which are done in Mexico City style and stuffed with beef, chorizo, cactus, potatoes, and Oaxaca cheese.

A plate of Mexican food, loaded clockwise with refried beans and rice, a taco, a tamale in a wrapper, and an enchilada in red sauce with cheese.
A plate of everything yummy from Los Molcajetes.
Los Molcajetes

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