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Jan 14, 2012 08:41 AM

Best cheap eats in Dallas???

So, I did a search but nothing came up....let's start a list of great inexpensive places to eat in Dallas. I only have very different, price points, atmosphere but would like to discover new, inexpensive places

1. In n out burger
2. Green Papaya
3. Ok...thought of a third....The Fish Shack in Plano

So two and three are not super cheap but I think still fit the bill. Please share your favorite cheap eats.

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  1. The authentic Mexican Taqueria's around town usually charge about $1.10-$1.25 each for delicious tacos.
    I can only eat about three at the most.
    Do you need a list of the best (IMHO) five?

    The Seafood Shack on Webbs Chapel just south of Forest Lane serves their delicious shrimp tostada for 1/2 price on Mondays for $2.25 each. I eat two with extra sliced avocado on top for $1.00 more.

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      1. re: cchavez

        Fuel City II right by downtown is my personal favorite. (Still haven't found anything comparable here in NYC.) Taqueria El Si Hay in Oak Cliff is a close second.

        1. re: cchavez

          See all my suggestions and posts on the Dallas Chowhound topic, "Tacos in Dallas are Shameful" posted on December, 13th 2011.

          It will tell you all you need to know about the best and cheapest tacos in Dallas.

          Btw, Tacos El Guero is now called Tacos El Banqueta. They have locations on Bryan Street (very rough neighborhood) and Gaston Avenue attached to a Fina gas station (Much better).

          IMHO, Fuel City tacos are OK but, don't compare to the places I named. Just my opinion.

          I also, like Taqueria El Si Hay in Oak Cliff. Across the street from Bolsa on Davis.

      2. Bánh mì places all over town are a great deal generall $2.50. I go to Banh Mi Ba Lee in Carrollton on a regular basis. La Me has excellent Banh Mi as well, but stop serving around the height of lunch.

        Most of the places except you to pick up and not eat in.

        1. Blue Ginger Malaysian in Plano.

          PS Oh no! I was just there a couple weeks ago, but apparently it closed a few days ago:

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          1. re: foiegras

            We went to their "last supper" a few days ago. Basically, they both were "burnt out".

          2. First, I wish you'd define "cheap eats". But, if you're including burger places I can't imagine that Maple & Motor could cost much more than In and Out. No comparison. I enjoy Flying Fish in Addison and Preston Hollow for cheap catfish and shrimp. I like a drive through place on Inwood just east of Sonny Bryan's for Koreahn pork tacos at Goghee to go. For really good chinese that comes in huge portions and extremely good and cheap try !st Chinese BBQ in Richardson.

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            1. re: Bolillo

              Although First Chinese BBQ isn't as "cheap" as it used to be, it's still very reasonably priced and IMO, the best Cantonese Chinese food in Dallas.

              Maple & Motor's burgers are more expensive than In-N-Out Burger but, it's really not fair to compare the two. M&M's burgers are 4 times the size of INO and a lot better, too.

              1. re: twinwillow

                TW, that's why I wish CChavez would define cheap.

                I agree that 1st Chinese isn't cheap cheap, but 2 entrees and a large soup and hot tea for 2, $21.00. Not bad. At dinner.

                If we compare M&M to I&O value wise. (which is not fair either) and I still think the value lies at M&M. So much more for very little more money.
                Anyway TW, your points are valid but for dinner, not lunch I feel like $11-$13 a plate is pretty cheap.

                1. re: Bolillo

                  Ok, how's this for cheap ~
                  A friend and I had lunch at Kay Agnew's new, Bridge Bistro restaurant on Riverfront Drive in the design district this week.

                  -A large, fresh green salad topped with a big mound of freshly made crispy skinny fried onion rings.

                  -Crawfish Etouffee with a big side of corn/squash souffled casserole instead of rice.

                  -Plenty of delicious hot rolls and mini cornbread muffins.
                  Cost? $11.00 plus flavored ice tea, tax and tip!


                  1. re: twinwillow

                    Hmm that's an interesting looking menu.

                    1. re: twinwillow

                      we've eaten there a few times - LOVE the house salad. And the crepes are great!!
                      She just got her liquor license too, so might be a fun place for drinks!
                      I spoke to her today (and ate lunch there again) and "D" magazine was just there taking pics so hopefully it will get up and running

              2. I'm hopelessly addicted to the Bobbie sandwich at Capriottis in Plano. Real turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and mayo on a bun - delicious for breakfast, lunch or dinner.