Dining Out On a Budget

Rebecca Weingold - Dining Out When You're Broke
I love to eat out, but dining out on a budget can be tough. However, the aromas when you first walk into a restaurant, trying new foods, and, the best part, no cleaning up from cooking made it worth it for me to do some research… So, when I came across this list from SpoonUniversity.com I was so excited. First, these are places that are in my budget and most of them I haven’t tried, but I was so happy because I am on a budget. I thought this might help a bunch of you too! Compared to other big cities, Atlanta is relatively cheap. But it doesn’t always feel that way when you just paid rent, your car broke down, and your direct deposit still hasn’t come through. On those days eating out in Atlanta seems impossible, trust me, all hope is not lost. Here are 23 Atlanta restaurants that slay the food game without killing your budget.

Where to eat in Atlanta when you’re on a budget

Rebecca Weingold - Fellini's
There’s nothing quite like stopping by Fellini’s for late night pizza. At only $2.75 per slice, you can get a full stomach without emptying your wallet and destroying your budget. Photo courtesy of @hpashly on Instagram

Rebecca Weingold - Fat Matt's Fat Matt’s is without a doubt some of the best barbecue Atlanta has to offer, and with a pulled pork sandwich for $4.50 you can definitely splurge a little for a slice of pecan pie. Come on, you know your budget can handle that! Photo courtesy of @jonnymohegan on Instagram

Rebecca Weingold - Eats
When it comes to getting the most for your money, Eats is where it’s at. You can get a meat and three sides for only $9. Food coma here we come. Photo courtesy of @40ozpo on Instagram

Rebecca Weingold - Taqueria Del Sol
There are few things more life changing than the queso from Taqueria Del Sol, and if you haven’t tried it yet you are missing out big time. Do yourself a favor and order a pitcher of margaritas, three memphis tacos, and a bowl of queso. You’ll thank me later. Photo courtesy of @calliewamsley on Instagram

Rebecca Weingold - Hi-Five Though The Vortex may get all the street cred when it comes to burgers on Peachtree Street, Hi-Five should not be overlooked. Pop in for boozy brunch before hitting up Piedmont Park. You won’t be sorry – and neither will your budget! Photo courtesy of @mtubbz on Instagram
Rebecca Weingold - Victory Sandwich Bar With every sandwich priced at $4 this late night Decatur landmark is what dreams are made of. Budget Heaven! Photo courtesy of @katkat1978 on Instagram

Rebecca Weingold - Hop's Chicken
Hop’s is like a fancier and cheaper version of Chick-fil-A. Make sure you spend a little extra for their buttermilk rolls. Trust me, they’re worth it. Photo courtesy of @hopschicken on Instagram

Rebecca Weingold - Elmyr
This Little Five Points staple has been a local favorite for years. Stop by after a night of drinking, and sober up with a bowl of shrimp for $5, or keep the party going with a pitcher of PBR for $6. Photo courtesy of @dropsofshaylei on Instagram

Rebecca Weingold - Jack's Pizza and Wings
The Highlands may be getting more expensive every day, but Jack’s Pizza is still as cheap as ever. Go for their soul food pizza piled high with fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and collard greens all smothered in gravy. Meet your hangover’s new best friend. Photo courtesy of @therealcerealkendama on Instagram

Rebecca Weingold - Kenley's
There’s pretty much an unwritten rule that before you can graduate from Georgia State University, you have to eat at Kenley’s at least once. The chicken finger combo is the way to go, but make sure you have time before class to sleep. Post-Kenley’s naps are crucial. Photo courtesy of @delaknee on Instagram

Rebecca Weingold - Grindhouse
Monday nights at Grindhouse mean $8 Yuengling pitchers, cheap burgers, and Dirty South Trivia. What more could you ask for? Photo courtesy of @emmzbemmz on Instagram

Rebecca Weingold - Park Tavern
Not only does Park Tavern boast one of the best views of the Atlanta skyline, but after 10 pm their sushi is half off. Plus, when it rains they offer their house beer for $1.
Photo courtesy of @haakunamatata6 on Instagram

Rebecca Weingold - Papis
Papi’s is the perfect introduction to Cuban food. Try their ropa vieja stacked high with meat and cheese. Fair warning, it will ruin every other sandwich for you. Photo by Delaney Strunk

Rebecca Weingold - Manuel's Tavern
For brunch lovers, Manuel’s Tavern is meal on the dime with specials as low as $7.95. Not only that, but their eggs are organically grown from their very own rooftop hen farm. Photo courtesy of @cheftraceybloom on Instagram

Rebecca Weingold - Delias Chicken Sausage Stand
With their famous “Slingers,” a jumbo chicken sausage on a hoagie roll starting at only $4.99, Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand lives up to its slogan of being “So Cluckin’ Good.” Photo courtesy of @aggiexbelly on Instagram

Rebecca Weingold - Home Grown
You can’t go wrong with authentic, comfort southern food like there is at Home grown. With a cute little thrift shop and biscuit sandwiches as low as $3, you’ll feel like you’re being served by your sweet grandmother. Photo courtesy of @homegrownga on Instagram

Rebecca Weingold - Blossom Tree
Hit up Blossom Tree if you’re in the mood for a kick off Asian fusion. With Korean tacos starting at $2.25 each, this place will make your mouth water without your wallet crying. Photo courtesy of @premes0le on Instagram

Rebecca Weingold - The Silver Skillet

You can’t go wrong with another Georgia style comfort food restaurant like The Silver Skillet. Grab an entire baked chicken breast meal for as low $8.25. Just remember to bring cash when you go. Photo courtesy of @ourweekends on Instagram

Rebecca Weingold - Pauleys Crepe Bar
Is it a pancake? No. Is it a waffle? Nope, it’s a Pauley’s Crêpe. Pauley’s Crêpe Bar offers both savory and sweet crêpes for as low as $7.50. Photo courtesy of @pauleysatlanta on Instagram

Rebecca Weingold - Hankook Taqueria
Hankook is a hidden gem filled with street-style snacks and Korean BBQ tacos. Order the Man-doo Dumplings for just $4 and add a BBQ taco for $2.25, and indulge in beautifully made Asian fusion. Photo courtesy of @elizabeth_fg84 on Instagram

Rebecca Weingold - Palookaville
Pallookaville consists of a make-your-own corndog and sandwich restaurant with prices as low at $4. If you want to get historical, though, pick up a B.Franklin with kielbasa. Photo courtesy of @whitcapraro on Instagram

Rebecca Weingold - Bahn Mi Cafe
For delicious Vietnamese sandwiches, visit Banh Mi Cafe and pick up a sandwich for only $3. If you have more money to spare, add on a pho bowl for an extra $6. Photo courtesy of @namkim on Instagram

Rebecca Weingold - Woody's Cheesesteaks
Lastly, we have Woody’s Cheesesteaks. Now these aren’t from West Philadelphia born-and-raised, but they are as close as one can get in Atlanta. After a stroll through Piedmont Park, reward yourself with an original cheesesteak for as low as $6.95 or grab a Phat Dog for $3.75. Photo courtesy of @hassiotis on Instagram

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Dining Out When You're Broke
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This list from SpoonUniversity.com has great places my budget can actually handle. Check out where to get cheap eats in Atlanta!
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