• Camellia Grill

Stuck on a budget, but want to eat like a big spender? These Top 10 Cheap Eats Restaurants in the United States offer meals with plenty of flavor and creativity for not much dough. Enjoy everything from Chinese food prepared by a James Beard Award-winner to chocolate bacon brownies without a lot of wear and tear on the wallet.

  • 1. Camellia Grill

    626 S. Carrollton Ave.
    New Orleans, LA 70118
    504-309-2679

    A prime source of hamburgers, classic breakfasts, zesty chili, fresh-from-the-oven fruit pies and other good diner food, Camellia Grill is iconic to the city of New Orleans.

  • 2. Chai Pani

    406 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.
    Decatur, GA 30030
    404-378-4030

    Chai Pani's menu draws inspiration from Indian street fare, ranging from well-done thali to such inventive dishes as lamb "Sloppy Joes."

  • 3. Burger Tap & Shake

    2200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
    Washington, DC 20037
    202-587-6258

    Washington, D.C.'s Burger Tap & Shake serves up patties with interesting toppings and house-made buns. Signature burgers include the Southern Comfort served with pimento cheese, fried green tomato and Vidalia onions.

  • 4. Hash House A Go Go

    6800 W. Sahara Ave.
    Las Vegas, NV 89146
    702-804-4646

    Giant portions of hearty American comfort food are hefted to the table at Hash House A Go Go in Las Vegas. Among the favorites is the towering Andy's famous sage fried chicken with eggs and bacon mashed potatoes.

  • 5. Ken’s Artisan Pizza

    304 SE 28th Ave.
    Portland, OR 97214
    503-517-9951

    You almost certainly will wait for a table at Ken's Artisan Pizza in Portland, but it's worth it for the wood-fired pies turned out by the blisteringly hot oven.

  • 6. Mission Chinese Food

    2234 Mission St.
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    415-863-2800

    Mission Chinese Food offers some of the spiciest, most creative Sichuan-inspired cuisine in San Francisco. Diners line up early for dishes such as Thrice Cooked Bacon, Kung Pao Pastrami and Mouth Watering Chicken.

  • 7. Pok Pok NY

    127 Columbia St.
    Brooklyn, NY 11231
    718-923-9322

    With its above-average Thai food, Pok Pok NY in Brooklyn stands out in an urban sea of mediocre Southeast Asian restaurants.

  • 8. Slater’s 50/50

    6362 E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd.
    Anaheim Hills, CA 92807
    714-685-1103

    Slater's 50/50 is known for being the home of the "50/50 patty," a burger made up of equal parts ground beef and ground bacon. There's also a strange yet appealing peanut butter and jelly burger, and chocolate bacon brownie à la mode for dessert.

  • 9. All Star Sandwich Bar

    1245 Cambridge St.
    Cambridge, MA 02139
    617-868-3065

    All Star Sandwich Bar in Cambridge goes beyond burgers and BLTs with untraditional options like a grilled falafel burger with tahini sauce.

  • 10. Big Star

    1531 N. Damen Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60622
    773-235-4039

    At this mock dive bar-meets-taqueria, renowned Chicago chef Paul Kahan serves both stylized and pretty authentic takes on Mexican faves.

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