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Road Trip... need cheap meal recs!!!

The husband and I are taking a cross-country road trip through the following cities:
Albuquerque, NM
Oklahoma City, OK
Nashville, TN
Harrisburg, PA

Any cheap eat recs at any of the cities will be greatly appreciated!!!
Thanks.

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  1. In Albuquerque you want to head for The Frontier.

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    1. re: GroovinGourmet

      Agreed. And a few blocks away is El Patio, a funky New Mexican eatery in a converted old house. Great food and priced right for a University neighborhood.

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      El Patio De Albuquerque
      142 Harvard Dr SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

    2. Two Words.

      Waffle House

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      1. re: AzDumpling

        Wish I'd said that.

        Scatter, smother and cover me, baby!

      2. In Oklahoma CIty find a JIMMYS EGG.. better than waffle house and ihop.. and inexpensive..

        1. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, hate to repeat myself, but our favorite place -- and it is a CHAIN -- is Pappadeux Seafood Kitchen, at Jefferson and I-25. Oysters on the half shell a bargain, as well as great seafood dishes.

          Happy trails!

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          1. re: grantham

            I like Pappadeaux's quite a bit, but I would hardly classify them as cheap eats.

            1. re: ThaGroovinGourmet

              I was thinking of the fact that we have paid up to $20 per dozen or more for fresh oysters on the half shell, while Pappadeux, for over a month this spring, was selling them for $3.95 per dozen. The other offerings there aren't all necessarily cheap, but a good value. They claim to fly their fish in twice as frequently as the other (Landry's, for instance) seafood chains. After sampling the other dishes, I find these claims plausible.

              1. re: grantham

                $20 a dozen???

                You're getting tooled, dude.

                1. re: ThaGroovinGourmet

                  You can see why I think Pappadeux is a good deal.

          2. It is confusing. I'm always happy to discuss Pappaduex, though.

            1. an answer way too late, but for future hounds who are interested in goto lists in metro OKC

              steak- up scale Boulevard Steak House, Edmond OK

              mexican- Teds Escondido, 3 locations, get the giant hand rolled pulled chicken tamales, they have no equal, medium price

              Indian- Ajanta, very reasonable great Bhoti masala

              itlalian- reasonable- Papa Dios

              just off the top of my head