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10 of the Best Cheap Eats in Texas

Eating well doesn’t have to break the bank. There are plenty of great places to eat out across Texas that will fill your tummy without emptying your wallet. So if you’re hungry but you don’t want to cook, but you also don’t want to spend much money, check out these 10 great cheap eats across Texas.

10. House of Pho – San Antonio

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The chicken vermicelli and an ice tea at House of Pho will set you back a whopping $9.50, yet it’s incredibly yummy Vietnamese fare.

9. Red Star Southern – Austin

Red Star Southern is a food truck in the capital city that serves down home southern cooking for $8 or less.

8. Blue Mesa Grill – Dallas

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Every Wednesday from 11 to 2 you can grub out at the all you can eat buffet at one of Dallas’s Blue Mesa Grill locations for just $12.95.

7. Hester’s Cafe – Corpus Christi

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Hester’s Cafe in Corpus is a boutique bakery and cafe that is absolutely scrumptious. Try the Louis Armstrong platter for breakfast, or the Fairchild sandwich for lunch, both are under $9.

6. Hubcap Grill – Houston

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A cheeseburger and fries at Hubcap Grill in Houston is not only delicious, it’s affordable. It’s only $8.24 for a cheeseburger and fries at what has been called the best burger joint in Houston.

5. Taqueria Datapoint – San Antonio

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Located on Medical drive in San Antonio, Taqueria Datapoint has delicious Mexican food that won’t break the bank. Most menu items are super tasty and stay below the $10 range.

4. Cafe Amore – Dallas

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This Italian bistro keeps things simple, with most menu items about $8 and topping out around $15. Cafe Amore is both delectable and affordable.

3. Papa Burgers – El Paso

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Papa Burgers in El Paso is where El Pasoans go to get a good burger. At about $6, it’s a great deal and a great meal.

2. Chi’Lantro – Austin

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The Korean/Mexican fusion restaurant Chi’Lantro started out as a very popular food truck in downtown Austin and has exploded to four locations around town. Menu items run around $7-$9, but they’re famous for their kim chi fries. At $7.79, they might seem pricy for fries, but they’re a meal in and of themselves, and the portion is large enough to share.

1. Chacho’s – Houston and San Antonio

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Being open 24 hours is just one of the virtues of Chacho’s. With locations in San Antonio and Houston and menu items starting in the $1 range, Chacho’s is a must try for any hungry Texan.

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10 of the Best Cheap Eats in Texas