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Nov 21, 2008 08:14 AM

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, 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! 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.

            5 Replies
            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!!