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Cheap Eats: 11 Wallet-Friendly Meals in Atlanta

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Sometimes the dining budget needs a break from lobster tail and ribeye steak without stooping to fast food. That's why we have assembled a list of 11 restaurants to fill you up for under $10 a plate. It's possible to eat out without seeing a bill that goes toe-to-toe with the month's rent, and with options like burgers, barbecue, and dumplings, there's no shortage of variety without breaking the bank. Did we miss your favorite meal on the cheap? Let us know in the comments, or reach out via the tipline.


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1. Chef Liu Chinese Restaurant

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5283 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340
(770) 936-0532

Nearly everything on the menu is under $10, and dumplings reign supreme. Choose from options such as beef, lamb, and fresh scallops. Not up for dumplings? Go for a variety of soups or dishes based around pork, beef, and chicken.

2. Fat Matt's Rib Shack

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1811 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 607-1622
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Barbecue sandwiches range between $3.95 and $6.50, with sides such as brunswick stew and mac and cheese for $2.50 each. Live blues music fills the restaurant thanks to local bands. Come ready for a line, but remember it's there for a reason.

3. Taqueria del Sol

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1200 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 352-5811
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Lines tend to pour out the doors of this restaurant, full of hungry people waiting for tacos and drinks. Tacos hang around $2.50 each, leaving room in the budget for a tasty house margarita on the patio.

4. Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand

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881 Marietta Street NW
Atlanta, GA

Now open in Westside as well as East Atlanta, Delia's offers a variety of chicken sausages on hoagie rolls alongside entrees such as lasagna and Philly sandwiches. Prices range between $4.50 and $8.99, with drinks around $2 each. Westside's location comes with a soda fountain not found in the original East Atlanta spot.

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600 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 888-9149
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Come hungry and expect no frills. There's nothing fancy here, just $7.75 for half a chicken and three sides. While the jerk chicken is flaunted as king, other spices are available, and the turkey meatloaf is a solid poultry alternative.

6. Rise-n-Dine

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1565 N Decatur Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 377-4407
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Start with a bottomless cup of Counter Culture coffee for $2.95 before transitioning into the heart-warming Sweet Potato Pancakes with house-made Apple Butter: short stack for $5.75, tall stack for $7.00. After filling up here, the hassle of parking in Emory Village will be forgotten.

7. Victory Sandwich Bar

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340 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-9300

This Decatur mainstay sells a variety of unique sandwiches for only $4 each. Pair with a side salad for $3.50 or a beer for $3-$5, then enjoy it on the patio outside or with a game of ping-pong indoors.

8. Rosa's Pizza

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62 Broad St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 521-2596

Family owned since 1991, Rosa's Pizza offers two slices of one-topping pizza with a drink for $6.50, or calzones and subs that start at $4.75 each. Full pizzas are well-priced, starting at $10.50 for a 14” pie.

9. Arepa Mia

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209 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 880-8575
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Venezuelan sandwiches consisting of ground maize flatbread with meat and toppings. With a cost between $6.50 to $9.50 each, these filling options can be found at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market and upcoming Decatur locations.

10. Grindhouse Killer Burgers

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209 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 522-3444
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With one location in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market and one on Piedmont Avenue, Grindhouse serves single- and double-patty burgers from $4.49 to $6.99, with a combo deal of burger, fries, and drink for an extra $2.50. Made to order, these burgers come with a small wait. The Sweet Auburn location is dry, but the Piedmont outpost serves alcohol.

11. Mi Barrio Restaurante Mexicano

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571 Memorial Dr. Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 223-9279
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Choose from a variety of authentic Mexican dishes offered a la carte or as part of combination plates. With a wide selection of dishes, the majority of prices range under $10 at this family-owned business.

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1. Chef Liu Chinese Restaurant

5283 Buford Hwy NE, Doraville, GA 30340

Nearly everything on the menu is under $10, and dumplings reign supreme. Choose from options such as beef, lamb, and fresh scallops. Not up for dumplings? Go for a variety of soups or dishes based around pork, beef, and chicken.

5283 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340

2. Fat Matt's Rib Shack

1811 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

Barbecue sandwiches range between $3.95 and $6.50, with sides such as brunswick stew and mac and cheese for $2.50 each. Live blues music fills the restaurant thanks to local bands. Come ready for a line, but remember it's there for a reason.

1811 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

3. Taqueria del Sol

1200 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Lines tend to pour out the doors of this restaurant, full of hungry people waiting for tacos and drinks. Tacos hang around $2.50 each, leaving room in the budget for a tasty house margarita on the patio.

1200 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

4. Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand

881 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA

Now open in Westside as well as East Atlanta, Delia's offers a variety of chicken sausages on hoagie rolls alongside entrees such as lasagna and Philly sandwiches. Prices range between $4.50 and $8.99, with drinks around $2 each. Westside's location comes with a soda fountain not found in the original East Atlanta spot.

881 Marietta Street NW
Atlanta, GA

5. Eats

600 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Come hungry and expect no frills. There's nothing fancy here, just $7.75 for half a chicken and three sides. While the jerk chicken is flaunted as king, other spices are available, and the turkey meatloaf is a solid poultry alternative.

600 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

6. Rise-n-Dine

1565 N Decatur Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Start with a bottomless cup of Counter Culture coffee for $2.95 before transitioning into the heart-warming Sweet Potato Pancakes with house-made Apple Butter: short stack for $5.75, tall stack for $7.00. After filling up here, the hassle of parking in Emory Village will be forgotten.

1565 N Decatur Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

7. Victory Sandwich Bar

340 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030

This Decatur mainstay sells a variety of unique sandwiches for only $4 each. Pair with a side salad for $3.50 or a beer for $3-$5, then enjoy it on the patio outside or with a game of ping-pong indoors.

340 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030

8. Rosa's Pizza

62 Broad St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Family owned since 1991, Rosa's Pizza offers two slices of one-topping pizza with a drink for $6.50, or calzones and subs that start at $4.75 each. Full pizzas are well-priced, starting at $10.50 for a 14” pie.

62 Broad St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

9. Arepa Mia

209 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Venezuelan sandwiches consisting of ground maize flatbread with meat and toppings. With a cost between $6.50 to $9.50 each, these filling options can be found at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market and upcoming Decatur locations.

209 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30303

10. Grindhouse Killer Burgers

209 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30303

With one location in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market and one on Piedmont Avenue, Grindhouse serves single- and double-patty burgers from $4.49 to $6.99, with a combo deal of burger, fries, and drink for an extra $2.50. Made to order, these burgers come with a small wait. The Sweet Auburn location is dry, but the Piedmont outpost serves alcohol.

209 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30303

11. Mi Barrio Restaurante Mexicano

571 Memorial Dr. Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30312

Choose from a variety of authentic Mexican dishes offered a la carte or as part of combination plates. With a wide selection of dishes, the majority of prices range under $10 at this family-owned business.

571 Memorial Dr. Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312

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