Favorite Fridays: Cheap Eats in Dallas

In my previous post, I mentioned how this past weekend I kept eating out, and because of that I really had to watch my budget. This led me to discovering some new and great cheap eats in the city, so for today’s ‘Favorite Friday’ post, I wanted to share with you my top 5 cheap eats in the city. Besides, who doesn’t love a cheap and delicious meal? These are the places that will give you the most bang for your buck!

1. eatZi’s

eatZi’s is your one-stop shop for everything delicious. Don’t be fool by its size, because you can find almost everything there –pasta, sandwiches, dips, chips, beer, wine, fruits, ice cream, among others. It is the perfect place to grab a quick meal for picnics, breakfast, lunch, dinner and/or dessert. I am pretty obsessed with this place, because everything you get here is great – you can’t go wrong. My favorite? The basil dip, fougasse bread, carrot cake, pasta and sandwiches. So yeah, pretty much everything. Be warned: you’ll walk out spending more than you anticipated — so it’s not that cheap per se, but it can be (if you have self-control).

2. VertsKebap

When I was in Berlin, all I ate was street food, in particular doner kebaps. They are cheap, delicious and healthy — encompassing the 3 most important traits in a meal. So consequently, I became addicted and obsessed with them. And I mean obsessed, as in I couldn’t stop thinking about them until I finally found VertsKebap (a year and half later). After months (more like 14 months) of endlessly searching on Google and Yelp for places that sell doner kebaps (no, not gyros and sure, they’re similar — I was just very particular about getting doner kebaps), I finally found the answers to my prayers: VertsKebap. So you can imagine my excitement when I made plans to travel to Austin, the birth city of VertsKebap. And yes, these doner kebaps taste pretty darn close to the ones I had in Berlin. However, at that time VertsKebap was only in Austin..and it’s only recently that they opened one up in Addison (which is probably the most exciting thing ever!). Also, the owners are from Germany so this is as close as i’ll get to those highly addictive doner kebaps. And one last thing: do NOT get the fries; they are soggy and disappointing.

faces of excitement

3. Mr. Max

I already wrote my review for Mr. Max a few weeks ago, so I won’t go into much detail here. So to sum it up: Mr. Max is a cute, quaint Japanese gastropub that serves tapas-style dishes for cheap!

4. Aloha Hawaiian BBQ

Aloha Hawaiian BBQ is one of the new restaurants I discovered this past weekend — and I am in love! It’s a hole-in-the-wall type of fast-casual restaurant located on Lemmon. There’s also one in El Paso so it’s not a true hole-in-the-wall, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t good. I got the BBQ combo platter with the spam musabi — everything was fresh, flavorful and tasty. The BBQ meats actually reminded me of KBBQ. As much as I hate to admit this, I love Spam, and it was my first time trying spam musabi so that was pretty exciting. Although “Hawaiian,” there are definitely Japanese, Korean and Filipino influences in some of their dishes.

aloha bbq

5. Tacos La Banqueta

Just like Aloha Hawaiian BBQ, Tacos La Banqueta is a hole-in-the-wall type of Mexican restaurant with several locations in Dallas. The tacos here are super cheap (around $1.25). Come here if you want to enjoy tacos that are not like Taco Bell. They come with corn tortilla, a little bit of onion and cilantro and that’s it. Simple, fresh and tasty.

tacos la banqueta


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