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Meals under $10

Pulled this idea off the Boston board, where there were 15-16 responses and still going strong. If they can do it, by god, we should be able to. The idea is that we've got the holidays fast approaching, and my wallet is feeling pinched. this is for lunch or dinner, and if you can sneak in a beer, so much the better.

i'll start it off...

-9n9 for pho, or a big rice bowl, or a big noodle bowl of some sort. not to mention $2 banh mi. i don't think there's an item on their menu over 10.

-2 gorditas and jarritos at don jose = $6.75. that was lunch yesterday... totally righteous.

-roast grill. if you can eat $10 worth of food there, you have my respect and admiration.

tons more, but lets hear it, folks! happy holidays...
oh-- this is intended for the triangle, nc

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  1. #1 combo at Chik-fil-a
    Any lunch entree at Surin West - try pad thai or chicken massaman w/avocado & cashews
    Black & Blue burger @ G's
    Pig N a Garden pulled pork salad @ Jim N Nicks BBQ
    Gyro @ Purple Onion
    Chicken salad & fruit plate @ O'Carrs
    All of the above are in B'ham (except Chik-fil-A of course)

    1. In many Tulsa places, it's hard to spend more than $10. Here are two ideas:

      A hundred barbecue joints. My current favorite is Reba Dale's, on Cincinnati just north of Apache. It looks like a shack but inside has been decorated like an old fashioned ice cream parlor. And their ribs ... incredible! And the bologna and Polish sausage, while obviously not in the same league, are another guilty pleasure

      Lots of diners serving Ok style home cooking. For example, Shiloh Diner just by the city limits has been around for years, it's always full, and when I asked them if the country fried steak was cooked with lard, they looked horrified to learn that any place could cook it any other way. (Many places use vegetable oil.) It's just off the BA expressway, though it was around before the highway. 12521 E 52nd St,

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      1. re: Brian S

        Sorry about this! I just got back to Tulsa and was so eager to post about it that I didn't notice that this is restricted to North Carolina. But maybe Reba Dale's will deliver!

        1. re: Brian S

          Brian, this old T-Town girl appreciates *any* post concerning Tulsa. I may live in the Triangle, but I definitely know more about the restauant scene in Tulsa than I do around here! I've never been to Reba Dale's but I can certainly second your recomendation for Shiloh's. It certainly isn't a fancy restaurant, but the food is great. And if you're feeling brave, head over to Mr. Tacos on the north side of town for an authentic Mexican burrito. The only seating available is a picnic table or three, but authentic Mexican is worth some sacrifices.

      2. Chapel Hill: When the weather is nice I'd say Weaver Street - a nice plate of roast chicken and greens, maybe, plus a good beer, consumed on the lawn. But eating inside there just isn't as much fun. So I'd say Brixx on Monday nights with the 2-for-1 coupons that come in the Money Mailer - Monday nights are $1.50 drafts (including domestic microbrews), and with 2-for-1 pizzas two people can eat well for $10 each with tip - although I always tip a little extra, I feel so guilty about the small check.

        And then there's always Cosmic Cantina. Durham Cantina, though - I never go to the Chapel Hill one - not worth looking for parking.

        1. a couple questions/comments before i start... is the triangle raleigh, tulsa, and birmingham? or raleigh durham chapel hill? second... chick-fil-a? get that nonsense off chowhound please. in no special order:

          durham lunch: 1. sitar indian buffet $7, with beer: $10.
          2. the federal: great sandwiches, exceptional
          beer selection. $6-7 for sandwich plus beer
          3. the piedmont... it just opened on foster st.
          6 bucks and i got a heaping in house made
          pastrami sandwich
          with field green salad (or fries). they
          have 3 quality beers on tap at all times.
          check out the website:
          www.piedmontrestaurant.com but the lunch
          prices are actually like $2 cheaper than the
          prices online for some reason, it's great!!!
          4. thai cafe, lunch specials $7 to $8, but some
          hounds are less than satisfied here
          5. wimpie's grill- everything is great...
          especially the peach cobbler. cheap!!!

          durham dinner:1. q-shack. options from $6 to $10... 5 beers
          on tap... sometimes one of them is good,
          too. everything's good here, except maybe
          the pulled pork and the beer selection.
          2. los comales taqueria (or any taqueria,
          really), on roxboro near i-85. many great
          meals under $10 with drinks.
          3. james joyce or federal. cheap pub grub
          with great beer.
          4. elmo's diner

          late night: -cosmic cantina, durham. everyone eats here all
          day long, but it's even better after a night out
          on the town. so cheap, so delicious. don't go
          to the chapel hill one because the food is so
          much worse there. i guarantee it... take the
          challenge if you think c.c.c.h. is good.
          -in chapel hill for late night: hector's.
          if you want a hotdog, a burger and rings, or a
          gyro after hours, hectors is the place.

          one-day wonders:lunch on wednesday at the ninth street bakery
          they have this sri lankan named asanga who
          comes in and cooks a hearty vegetarian meal.
          it goes on sale at noon and sells out quickly,
          so grab it while it's hot.

          monday nites at charlie's: 25 cent wings, so
          grab a dozen and you still have $7 for beer.
          (if you bring a date you can get a pitcher for
          $8 domestic crap or $10 for stella artois.
          )
          sunday and thurs at italian pizzeria in chapel
          hill. $8 or $10 for a large pie and pitcher.
          the atmosphere is bonk, with underage unc students
          drinking at the only place in town that doesn't id,
          but hey, pizza and beer for $5 apiece, i'll take it.

          i probably forgot some of my faves, but this is a nice start... feel free to blog...

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          1. re: MOOKIECOOKIE

            [quote]
            late night: -cosmic cantina, durham. everyone eats here all
            day long, but it's even better after a night out
            on the town. so cheap, so delicious. don't go
            to the chapel hill one because the food is so
            much worse there. i guarantee it... take the
            challenge if you think c.c.c.h. is good
            [/quote]

            I just don't get the recs for Cosmic Cantina. I've tried just about everything on their menu, and IMO, it's all been pretty bland. Los Comales' burritos are bigger and 1000% tastier than anything I've ever had at CC, and they're not 80% rice, 15% beans, and 5% meat, plus you have a much wider selection of meats. And, you can get Coke or Pepsi made with cane sugar instead of that nasty high fructose corn syrup.

            Other recs:

            Hong Kong: just about everything on the lunch menu is $4.25 and includes steamed or fried rice and an egg roll or soup (hot and sour, egg drop, or won-ton).

            El Paraiso: vying with Los Comales for best Mexican in Durham
            Miranda's: close third; more limited menu, take-out only.

            Federal, Q-shack, Wimpy's.

            1. re: mclaugh

              i like los comales, as you'll see in my blog, but i do still love the cosmic cantina. that being said, i understand that los comales is much tastier than cosmic, but it's the whole recurring "apples to oranges" chowhound theme.

              cosmic aims at making "mission-style" burritos, as they call them on the west coast. it's not great food but it's cheap and easy. i lived mostly in seattle for one summer, and mission-style burritos are convenient, cheap, filling, and portable... which i figured would fit quite nicely on this board. they are, of course, different than authentic mexican, like los comales... and that's not what they're trying to be. sometimes i want a chicken and eggplant or roasted veggie burrito the size of my arm, even if it is "80% rice, 15% beans, and 5%meat."

              you have a great point on quality, but they are different styles of burritos, which is why they can serve up things like eggplant or tofu burritos and not have their authenticity questioned. cosmic reminds me of a west coast burrito joint, minus the fish tacos... and that's their whole theme. they wouldn't stand a chance on the west coast, but in durham and chapel hill: goldmine!!

              i think bland is kinda inaccurate in describing the cantina food. i would call it simple, but not bland. but to each his/her own... maybe you can now get our recs even if you don't share the same opinion... it's just a different style of burrito.

            2. re: MOOKIECOOKIE

              def. second the ip3 rec... that is one of my fave deals. and the thing is, yeah, lots of unc kids, but hey, it's chapel hill. that's sort of the nature of the beast. i don't mind it so much, esp. since i was once one of those kids who'd go and grab a pie and some beers to watch the game. those guys are huge carolina fans in addition to being soccer fans (although i think that a good italian soccer match might supercede the hoops, which is too bad...)

            3. You can't beat Merrit's in Chapel Hill for a cheap BLT or Wimpy's in Durham for a cheap, hand formed burger.