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Cheap Eats in Dallas

Many of my friends have just lost their jobs. We still want to dine out. Need help on finer dining for less.. Thanks.

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  1. Just dined at Sangria the other day and noticed their board above the bar advertising $2-$3 tapas and sangria from 4-7 weekdays and then a "reverse" Happy hour from 9:30-2am on Fri and Sat. If you can stand to eat at those times, might be worth it! Also I am hearing good things about Tony's Pizza and Pasta on Northwest highway. I have yet to dine there but besides being good, it is super cheap and it's BYOB.

    This could be a great post! Hopefully others will add lots to it!!! Preferably no chains.

    1. I think the best way to economize is to go to B.Y.O.B. places. We go to Flavor, Noodle Wave, and First Chinese BBQ, among others, where we can have a really good meal and then be shocked at how little damage we did to our wallets. If you go to GuideLive.com, then to the Restaurant section, and do a search with "B.Y.O.B." as your keyword, you will get a long list of such restaurants (you can refine the list by location and number of stars in review).

      1. For affordable pizza around the downtown area (also in Plano off the Tollway and Legacy) right at Wycliffe and the Tollway I just love Sal's Pizza...

        They have a supreme pizza which basically has everything on it, one slice (which is pretty big), a house salad with their homemade vinaigrette, and I'm full!

        www.salspizzadallas.com is their site, they have a menu on there and do deliver if you live close by.

        When you go there - post back with how you liked it!!

          1. Actually this years Entertainment Book ($20) has some great restaurants in it. Bavarian Grill in Plano Buy One Get One, Yao Fuzi the same, Taste of The Islands, Natsumi, Ed's Deli, Burger House, etc etc.

            I would highly suggest getting a book to start you off on the saving foot. I posted my recs on the Dallas Under $5 (Soulslinger) and also the other post the Webra posted. A foremer boss and close friend used to never pay over $5 for any meal. I have been ingrained with the same ideas. The most I have ever spent on a meal was $186 in Florence Italy.....the meal was worth it though. Here in Dallas I try to pinch every penny. Vietnamese is probably the best meals you can get for the cheapest amount. They also happen to be the healthiest.

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            1. re: LewisvilleHounder

              We've been using Ent. Book for about 5 yrs since we were in CA, but every year fewer restaurants participate. This year it has more non-eating places. We may not buy it next year.

              1. re: kuidaore

                I haven't bought the entertainment book now for 2 years. I used it faithfully for about 10 years. They no longer include any of my many favorite mom and pop Mexican restaurants. They still have about 4 coupons in there for SpringCreek BBQ, buy 1 and get 1 free, 2 full dinners for about $9 without beverage. But I also get free SpringCreek coupons in the mail in an ad pack once a month.

                1. re: mdelno

                  The book comes with a coupon for El Fuego in E. Richardson (they started participating last yr.) I miss Paciugo coupons...

                  1. re: kuidaore

                    But now you have Natsumi (I belive three coupons) and one for Bliss in Lewisville. I will have to make the trek over to El Fuego!

              2. re: LewisvilleHounder

                I was guilted into buying an EB this year, and I'm so glad. I have so far used it for Mint and Zander's House and a car rental. YAY!!

              3. Toy's Thai on Lemmon.
                La Hechizera Tortas on Maple, hole in the wall, do not dress up, fresh food.
                Mamma Mia's on Elm, east of downtown Dallas.
                Cosmic Cafe on Oak Lawn has a 'light' menu that is light on cost too.
                Most chains also have a value menu, Balck-Eyed Pea on Maple if you want free atmosphere to go with it.

                1. Mai's Vietnamese Cuisine (off Bryan, just west of Munger) is pretty good and BYOB; wouldn't call it fine dining though.

                  Mai's Vietnamese Restaurant
                  4812 Bryan St Ste 100, Dallas, TX 75204

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                  1. re: kibble23

                    We like Mai's quite a lot -- for the food, prices, and BYOB (no corkage). Also, Campania pizza on McKinney (BYOB - no corkage) and Thai Noodle House (on Fitzhugh, I think -- BYob, no corkage, cash only).

                  2. Try http://www.restaurant.com/index.asp? . They sometimes have sales where there certs are $3 instead of $10. Not all restaurants, but some good ones.

                      1. another suggestion is to check places that have early dinner specials, such as Harry on Hendersons and Remingtons in Addison...I am sure that there are others...Oh yeah, think it is Monday early evening special at the Indian Place on Beltline that eveyone likes...yeah..the Claypit...Also, if you are albe to ever dine for lunch, you can go to great places for much less money...Remember Brunch on weekends is also a good deal

                        1. Besa's on Preston and Beltline has really good Italian food for less. It's BYOB. Simon's Sushi on I-75 and Bush has fresh sushi at reasonable prices.

                          I also like to hit up the Asian restaurants in Richardson; they have delicious food at really good prices.