Don’t let ballin’ on a budget prevent an enjoyable date night out. There are plenty of local eateries that can accommodate two entrees and a round of drinks for under $30. From Oak Cliff, to Lower Greenville, to Addison, these restaurants are 10 of the city’s best bets for dining on a dime.Read More
The 10 Best Places to Take A Date for Under $30
Go out on the town without going broke
1. Zoli's NY Pizza
The former Oak Cliff eatery recently reopened in Addison with its famous fried mozzarella Nuggz and Meatzilla pizza in tow. Split a 14-inch pie for around $15. The Lil’ Troy with mini meatballs, stracciatella, vodka sauce, and cherry peppers or the CBR with roasted chicken, bacon, pickled jalapeños, and jalapeño ranch are two hearty options.
2. Quoc Bao Bakery
Garland, TX 75042
This Vietnamese gem is referred to time and time again as having some of Dallas’ best bánh mì sandwiches. With the menu board topping out at $3.50 for a sandwich, and a buy-three-get-one-free option, Quoc Bao promises to be filling without breaking the bank. With all that money saved, treat your sweet to an order of macaroons for $6 and a Thai tea for $1.50. Insider’s note: this eatery is sans alcohol.
3. The Libertine Bar
This bar runs some insane deals throughout the week. Peep the Wednesday special: all Texas brews are just $3 all evening long, starting at 4 p.m. With big names like Deep Ellum Brewing Company, Lakewood Brewing Co, Peticolas, Revolver, No Label, Shiner, Rahr, St. Arnold, Lone Star, Real Ale and Southern Star, there’s no shortage of options to quench even the deepest thirst. Pair a home-based brew with a sandwich for under $12, and consider date night done.
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4. El Rey Del Grill
This Mexican eatery offers a no-frills menu with plenty of options for a hungry date, like a three-taco plate for $7 or a three-piece grilled chicken plate for $8. The restaurant’s plethora of sauces and garnishes can’t be passed up. The bar serves up giant margaritas, micheladas and more for $6, and imported Mexican bottles for $3.50 (take a dollar off at happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. daily).
5. Lakewood Landing
There’s nothing more charming than a dive bar, and this Lakewood classic is one of the city’s best. Cozy into a booth together, then share a basket of loaded cheese fries while chatting over a couple of cheap beers.
6. Jimmy's Food Store
Jimmy’s isn’t only a specialty Italian food shop, it also offers gourmet subs on the premises for under $7, like meatball, Italian sausage, or chicken Italiano. Since Jimmy’s also stocks tons of imported wine, pick up a bottle to pair with the sandwich offerings, or take advantage of that free-free on Saturday afternoons when Jimmy’s does gratis wine tastings.
7. Mai's Restaurant Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine
Mai’s is a hidden gem off Lowest Greenville that serves up nearly 100 different items on its lengthy menu. Dig into the always delicious clay pot with either chicken or shrimp, or one of the other Vietnamese specialities for $13. Since this spot is BYOB, grab an inexpensive bottle of wine at Jimmy’s across the street to seal the deal.
8. Monkey King Noodle Company
At this Deep Ellum noodle joint, maximize those dollars by grabbing a high ABV beer like Deep Ellum IPA or Revolver’s Blood & Honey for under $6. Bonus points: during happy hour from 2 to 6 p.m., these brews are a dollar less. With $9 bowls of noodles, get in and out for technically under $30 - or under $25 with $3 Lonestar instead.
This Oak Cliff taqueria offers just three taco varieties: pork, beef, and vegetarian paneer-poblano, but the skill with which they’re made on the vertical spit, (aka the Trompo) has solidified this eatery as one of Dallas’ best. An order of three tacos is $6, or for a cheesy option, try one of the taco fillings inside a quesadilla for $4. Insider’s note: this eatery is standing-room-only, and there’s no alcohol served here, but there are soft drinks for $1 each or B.Y.O.B.
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10. Ten Bells Tavern
Ten Bells Tavern is known for having some of the best bar food in Dallas, set in an unpretentious neighborhood spot. Trek there on Tuesdays when everything on the small plates menu, plus a beer, costs $10. For a more competitive date, Wednesdays are quiz night with drink specials all evening. Or plan a visit to coincide with happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m., when domestic bottled beers, drafts, and wells are a dollar off.