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cchavez Jan 14, 2012 08:41 AM

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 two....at 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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    Robbzilla Feb 2, 2012 12:59 PM

    Ko Mart, in Dallas on Royal or Irving on Pioneer (Just off of Belt Line) has a couple of lunch stands all in a row. The normal price for almost everything is $6.00. Cash only. Drinks can be bought in the grocery store, or you can drink water. The food is phenominal, and plentiful, and of course, cheap!

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      missanusha Jan 22, 2012 07:03 PM

      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.
      http://capriottis.com/locations/texas...

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        Bolillo Jan 20, 2012 08:44 PM

        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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          twinwillow Jan 20, 2012 10:23 PM

          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.

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            Bolillo Jan 21, 2012 03:44 PM

            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.

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              twinwillow Jan 21, 2012 05:04 PM

              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!

              http://www.bridgebistrodallas.com/wp-...

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                irodguy Jan 21, 2012 07:21 PM

                Hmm that's an interesting looking menu.

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                  twinwillow Jan 21, 2012 07:54 PM

                  http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/cityo...

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                  keli175 Jan 23, 2012 02:41 PM

                  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

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            foiegras Jan 19, 2012 07:18 PM

            Blue Ginger Malaysian in Plano.

            PS Oh no! I was just there a couple weeks ago, but apparently it closed a few days ago: http://sidedish.dmagazine.com/2012/01...

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              twinwillow Jan 19, 2012 07:35 PM

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

            2. irodguy Jan 15, 2012 04:03 PM

              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. twinwillow Jan 14, 2012 01:10 PM

                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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                  cchavez Jan 14, 2012 02:00 PM

                  Which taquerias do you prefer?

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                    loratliff Jan 14, 2012 02:30 PM

                    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.

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                      twinwillow Jan 14, 2012 09:40 PM

                      See all my suggestions and posts on the Dallas Chowhound topic, "Tacos in Dallas are Shameful" posted on December, 13th 2011.
                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/823007

                      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.

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