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Best Atlanta Cheap Eats


As the world economy slows down, we may want to tighten our belts, but we still need to fill our stomachs. Splurging at top-rated restaurants is fun for special events, but where can you go for a good quality meal that won't break the bank? Gather the change out of your piggy bank and sofa cushions and take it to one of our selections for the best cheap eats in Atlanta.

Alpha Soda American
12/20
Alpharetta Crossing Shopping Center
11760 Haynes Bridge Rd.
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Menu
Re-creating the atmosphere of Alpha Soda's original early twentieth-century family-dining establishment brings comfort to the 'burbs. More...

Au Rendez-Vous French
12/20
4102 Clairmont Rd.
Chamblee, GA 30341
Menu
Jean-Claude Changivy has moved his popular, value-priced French restaurant from Brookhaven to Chamblee. More...

Bantam + Biddy American
12/20
Ansley Mall
1544 Piedmont Rd. NE, Ste. 301
Atlanta, GA 30324

Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere are behind this chicken-centric restaurant. More...

Baraonda Pizza
13/20
Dining Room at Baraonda, Atlanta, GA 710 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
Menu
Baraonda, expanded into its adjacent sibling’s space, gets high marks for its pizzas. More...

The Best BBQ Chinese
Quick Bite
Great Wall Supermarket
2300 Pleasant Hill Rd.
Duluth, GA 30096

Inexpensive, satisfying and authentic Chinese food. More...

Blue Ribbon Grill American
12/20
4006 LaVista Rd.
Tucker, GA 30084
Menu
Every neighborhood needs a Blue Ribbon Grill: a corner beer joint serving good food. More...

Blue Willow Inn Southern
Quick Bite
294 N. Cherokee Rd.
Social Circle, GA 30025
Menu
Pure, authentic Southern comfort fare and plenty of it---that's the Blue Willow. More...

Brick Store Pub Pub
12/20
125 E. Court Sq.
Decatur, GA 30030
Menu
A buzz-filled atmosphere and plenty of good food, great suds and conversation. More...

Brockett Pub House & Grill Pub
12/20
4322 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Clarkston, GA 30021
Menu
Freshly prepared comfort food and a good meal deal keep this neighborhood pub on the charts. More...

Buttermilk Kitchen American
13/20
Dining Room at Buttermilk Kitchen, Atlanta, GA 4225 Roswell Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30342

Breakfast and lunch crafted with quality ingredients and skilled execution. More...

The Cafe at Cakes & Ale Bakery
13/20
151 Sycamore St.
Decatur, GA 30030
Menu
Healthful salads, some vegetarian options, sandwiches on house-made breads and delectable pastries. More...

Calle Latina South American
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Calle Latina, Decatur, GA 406 Church St.
Decatur, GA 30030

Decatur spot offering a menu based on South American street and snack fare. More...

Chai Pani Indian
13/20
Dining Room at Chai Pani, Decatur, GA 406 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030

Indian street food comes to Decatur. More...

The Colonnade Southern
12/20
1879 Cheshire Bridge Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Menu
The soul-comforting Southern fare comes straight out of Grandma's kitchen. More...

The Corner Pub American
13/20
Dining Room at The Corner Pub, Decatur, GA East Decatur Square
627 E. College Ave., Ste. D
Decatur, GA 30030
Menu
Good beers and respectable wines accompany refined comfort food and sandwiches. More...

Donnie's Country Cookin' Southern
Quick Bite
Skye Hill Shopping Center
3300 Clairmont Rd. NE, Ste. A
Atlanta, GA 30329
Menu
Korean-born Donnie Kim knows his way around the South’s classic dishes. More...

Evans Fine Foods Southern
10/20
Emory Commons
2125 N. Decatur Rd.
Decatur, GA 30033

Owned and operated by a Greek family since 1982, Evans Fine Foods specializes in Southern fare. More...

Farm Burger Burgers
Quick Bite
410B W. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
Menu
The Farm Burger folks raise their own grass-fed beef, but veggie burgers and chicken burgers are available, too. More...

Figo Pasta Italian
Quick Bite
1170 Collier Rd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Menu
Figo Pasta offers fresh Italian fare, and everything is made in-house. More...

FLIP burger boutique Burgers
14/20
Dining Room at FLIP burger boutique, Atlanta, GA 1587 Howell Mill Rd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

Richard Blais makes the classic American burger a tony two-hander via unique adornments. More...

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q Barbecue
14/20
Dining Room at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, Atlanta, GA 1238 DeKalb Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
Menu
Fox Bros. hits high marks in all genres of barbecue. More...

Frank's Famous Family Restaurant American
11/20
1188 Collinsworth Rd.
Palmetto, GA 30268
Menu
Family-friendly and casual, Frank's proves that good food draws patrons to unexpected places. More...

Georgia Diner American
12/20
1655 Pleasant Hill Rd.
Duluth, GA 30096
Menu
Hungry at 3 a.m.? Suburban midnight munchies are nicely satisfied at this 24-hour spot. More...

Goolsby's Southern
Quick Bite
Liberty Square Plaza
4460 Washington Rd., Ste. 9
Evans, GA 30809

The place for Southern food in the Augusta area is Goolsby's. More...

Grecian Gyro Greek
Quick Bite
3989 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Tucker, GA 30084
Menu
This locally owned chain offers traditional Greek fare. More...

Hankook Taqueria Korean
Quick Bite
1341 Collier Rd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Menu
Korean flavors meet Mexican concepts to create a new-world taste sensation. More...

The Harp Irish Pub Irish
13/20
King's Market Shopping Center
1425 Market Blvd., Ste. 1330
Roswell, GA 30076
Menu
A largely authentic bill of Irish fare plus plenty of draft pints make The Harp a classic. More...

Home Grown GA Southern
11/20
968 Memorial Dr. SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
Menu
Southern comfort classics in their basic form --- pure and not “upscaled” --- keep crowds coming. More...

Landmark Diner American
12/20
3652 Roswell Rd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
Menu
This sleek diner for the twenty-first century serves Greek, Italian and American specials. More...

MARBAR Seafood
12/20
314 E. Howard Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030

Specializing in coastal Mexican seafood, MARBAR adds a different note to Decatur's growing dining scene. More...

Marietta Diner American
12/20
306 Cobb Pkwy. N.
Marietta, GA 30062
Menu
You might make this a regular habit, even if 3 a.m. isn't your regular dinner time. Friends like to get one main dish to share, as the portions are huge. Check out the daily specials. More...

Mary Mac's Tea Room Southern
12/20
224 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
Menu
Authenticity rules at Mary Mac's Tea Room, serving classic dishes made from fresh ingredients and with a whole lot of lovin' care. More...

Mezza Lebanese
12/20
Oak Grove Center
2751 LaVista Rd.
Decatur, GA 30033
Menu
Home-style Lebanese food and warm hospitality draw neighbors to this family-owned bistro. More...

Ming's Bar B Q Chinese
12/20
Mall Corner Shopping Center
2131 Pleasant Hill Rd., Ste 134
Duluth, GA 30096
Menu
Ming's features not only Chinese barbecue but also Peking duck and other specialties. More...

Moore's Gourmet Market American
13/20
227 Fite St.
Cartersville, GA 30120

Moore’s showcases freshly prepared Southern classics for dining in or taking home. More...

Noodle Pan-Asian
12/20
205 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
Menu
Not limited to noodles, this casual bistro taps into the whole of Asian cuisine. More...

Osteria Cibo Rustico Italian
13/20
Toco Hills Promenade
2945 N. Druid Hills Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

A limited but good menu provides solid Italian-inspired fare. More...

Our Way Cafe Southern
Quick Bite
Twin Oaks
2831 E. College Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030

Stick-to-your-ribs down-home fare, some of it vegetarian, brings out the neighbors to Our Way Café. More...

Panahar Bangladeshi
11/20
Northeast Plaza
3375 Buford Hwy., Ste. 1060
Atlanta, GA 30329
Menu
Atlanta's ethnic restaurant scene boasts this Bangladeshi restaurant. More...

Pier 213 Seafood Seafood
13/20
Dining Room at Pier 213 Seafood, Marietta, GA 35 S. Marietta Pkwy.
Marietta, GA 30064

All manner of seafood, from casual sandwiches and tacos to main plates, draws locals to Pier 213. More...

Shorty's American
12/20
3701 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Tucker, GA 30084
Menu
This casual neighborhood establishment features good, fresh fare and a raft of inventive, tasty pizzas. More...

Shorty's American
12/20
2884B N. Druid Hills Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
Menu
Inventive, thin-crust pizzas and out-of-the-box comfort fare construct this casual menu. More...

Silver Skillet Breakfast
11/20
Dining Room at Silver Skillet, Atlanta, GA 200 14th St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Menu
Classic Southern food prepared from scratch makes simple home cooking a cut above. More...

Thinking Man Tavern Sandwiches
12/20
537 W. Howard Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
Menu
Bar fare, salads and sandwiches constitute the stock in trade of this lively neighborhood pub. More...

Vatica Indian
12/20
Terrell Mill Junction
1475 Terrell Mill Rd. SE, Ste. 105
Marietta, GA 30067
Menu
Good prices and generous portions define Vatica, which means "hut." More...

West Egg Cafe Breakfast
12/20
Dining Room at West Egg Cafe, Atlanta, GA White Provision Complex
1100 Howell Mill Rd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Menu
Westsiders happily follow this quirky café to its second location, and for more than the good cupcakes. More...

The White House Southern
11/20
Peachtree Plaza
3172 Peachtree Rd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
Menu
When fatigued by the fancy fare at tony Buckhead restaurants, area residents get a reality check at this Greek-owned neighborhood spot. More...

Willy's Mexicana Grill Mexican
Quick Bite
1071 Piedmont Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Menu
Looking for freshly prepared food at a bargain price for a quick meal or snack? Willy's is the place. More...

Zyka Indian
Quick Bite
1677 Scott Blvd.
Decatur, GA 30033
Menu
Exotic flavors, low prices and good vegetarian as well as non-veg Indian fare draw crowds to Zyka. More...


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