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Best Atlanta Cheap Eats


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 GAYOT's selections for the best cheap eats.

Arepa Mia Venezuelan
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Arepa Mia, Decatur, GA 307 E. College Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030

Lisbet Hernandez brings the Venezuelan street fare she learned about at her mother's elbow in Caracas to Atlanta. 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
Menu
Chicken-focused restaurant is the work of well-known Atlanta chefs Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere. 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 and authentic Chinese food draws Asian patrons about to shop at Great Wall. More...

Blue Ribbon Grill American
12/20
Dining Room at Blue Ribbon Grill, Tucker, GA 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

Pure, authentic Southern comfort fare and plenty of it---that's the Blue Willow. More...

Brick Store Pub Pub
13/20
125 E. Court Sq.
Decatur, GA 30030
Menu
Craft beer and imported brews rule at this buzz-filled pub that also serves plenty of good food; guests bring the conversation. More...

Brockett Pub House & Grill Pub
12/20
4322 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Clarkston, GA 30021
Menu
Comfort food and well-prepared bar nibbles plus frequent good meal deals 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
Menu
Quality local ingredients take breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes to new heights. More...

Calle Latina South American
12/20
Dining Room at Calle Latina, Decatur, GA 406 Church St.
Decatur, GA 30030

South American street and snack fare explores the wide diversity of the imaginative Latina kitchen. More...

Chai Pani Indian
13/20
Dining Room at Chai Pani, Decatur, GA 406 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
Menu
Indian street food comes to Decatur. More...

Chef Liu Chinese
13/20
Dining Room at Chef Liu, Doraville, GA Pine Tree Plaza
5283 Buford Hwy.
Doraville, GA 30340
Menu
Unusual dishes, plenty of food and ridiculously low prices make this popular Chinese restaurant a "must." More...

Chinese Dhaba Chinese
Quick Bite
Patel Plaza
1713 Church St., Ste. A2
Decatur, GA 30033

An array of Chinese-Indian fare in Decatur --- try a mango lassi and the crispy chilli shrimp. More...

The Colonnade Southern
12/20
Dining Room at The Colonnade, Atlanta, GA 1879 Cheshire Bridge Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Menu
Classic 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
Refined comfort food and sandwiches draw the denizens of nearby Decatur neighborhoods. More...

Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand Sandwiches
Quick Bite
489 Moreland Ave. SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
Menu
Flying Biscuit founder Delia Champion has figured out how to offer healthy fast fare that tastes good. More...

Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand Sandwiches
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Delia 881 Marietta St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Menu
Enjoy chicken sausage, Sloppy Sliders and more in an inviting setting. 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...

Farm Burger Burgers
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Farm Burger, Decatur, GA 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
Launched at this outpost, local chain Figo Pasta offers fresh Italian fare in an expanded interior. More...

FLIP burger boutique Burgers
13/20
Dining Room at FLIP burger boutique, Atlanta, GA 1587 Howell Mill Rd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

Unique adornments distinguish these creative burgers from chef Richard Blais. 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
Topnotch ingredients and professional skills yield the best in several 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
Looking for a midnight meal or an early breakfast? Either is 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...

The Halal Guys Mediterranean
Quick Bite
Dining Room at The Halal Guys, Chamblee, GA 4929 Buford Hwy. NE
Chamblee, GA 30341

Fast, healthy, tasty fare based on halal meats attracts a wide range of enthusiastic patrons. More...

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

The Harp Irish Pub Irish
13/20
Market Square Shopping Center
1425 Market Blvd., Ste. 1330
Roswell, GA 30076
Menu
Authentic Irish fare plus plenty of draft pints make The Harp a classic. More...

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

Kerala Kitchen Indian
Quick Bite
Essex II
1215 Scenic Hwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30045

Target the dishes of southwest India's Kerala region at this simple spot. More...

Landmark Diner American
12/20
3652 Roswell Rd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
Menu
Sleek diner for the 21st century serving Greek, Italian and American specials. More...

Las Brasas Restaurant & Bar Peruvian
12/20
614 Church St.
Decatur, GA 30030

Well-prepared simple fare gets a lift with Peruvian regional seasonings and cooking methods. More...

The Majestic Southern
10/20
1031 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Menu
A popular Atlanta late-night spot, The Majestic offers people-watching as entertainment as well as food. More...

Mamak Malaysian
14/20
Asian Square
5150 Buford Hwy., Ste. A170
Doraville, GA 30340

Tiny, simple but brightly painted restaurant showcasing Malaysian street food. 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
Founded in 1945, Mary Mac's Tea Room serves classic dishes made with a whole lot of lovin' care. More...

Melton's App & Tap Sandwiches
11/20
Medlock Plaza
2500 N. Decatur Rd.
Decatur, GA 30033
Menu
This classic neighborhood tavern draws the college crowd, the 30-somethings and their grandparents. More...

Metro Diner American
12/20
Dining Room at Metro Diner, Roswell, GA 880 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Ste. 100
Roswell, GA 30076

An open kitchen turns out American fare and breakfast all day at this popular Roswell restaurant. 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

Freshly prepared Southern classics for dining in or taking home. More...

Noodle Pan-Asian
11/20
Dining Room at Noodle, Decatur, GA 205 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030

Adding sushi to noodles, this casual bistro taps into the whole of Asian cuisine. More...

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

Sit down to a midday meal of this substantial Southern fare and you're guaranteed to take some home. More...

Panahar Bangladeshi
12/20
Northeast Plaza
3375 Buford Hwy., Ste. 1060
Atlanta, GA 30329
Menu
This Bangladeshi establishment provides a unique experience among Atlanta's ethnic restaurants. More...

Pho 24 Vietnamese
11/20
Vietnamese Plaza
4646 Buford Hwy., Ste. R
Chamblee, GA 30341

Authentic, warming bowls of well-flavored broth and noodles. More...

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

Pier 213 offers a slight Cajun twist to all manner of seafood, from casual sandwiches and tacos to main plates. More...

Rice Mac Pan-Asian
Quick Bite
North Decatur Center
2050 N. Decatur Rd.
Decatur, GA 30033

Fast food cooked to order gathers its flavors from around the Asian kitchen. More...

Rising Son Southern
11/20
Dining Room at Rising Son, Avondale Estates, GA The Tudor Village
124 N. Avondale Rd.
Avondale Estates, GA 30002

Southern-style breakfast and lunch fare from spouses Hudson and Kathryn Rouse in a revamped restaurant space in Avondale Estates. More...

Silver Skillet Breakfast
11/20
Dining Room at Silver Skillet, Atlanta, GA 200 14th St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Menu
Classic Southern food --- from served-all-day breakfasts to chicken-fried steak --- in Midtown. More...

Smoke + Duck Sauce Eclectic
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Smoke + Duck Sauce, Decatur, GA Suburban Plaza
2641 N. Decatur Rd., Ste. A-B
Decatur, GA 30033

Inventive, healthy Asian fare with a Southern accent in Decatur. More...

Takorea Korean
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Takorea, Dunwoody, GA Georgetown Shopping Center
4474 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd.
Dunwoody, GA 30338

Chef Tomas Lee has built a reputation for his inventive melding of Korean and Mexican flavors into a new cuisine: MexiKorean. More...

Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe Mediterranean
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Taziki 319 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Ste. 40
Decatur, GA 30030

Healthful, flavorful, fast-casual dining based on quality ingredients is Taziki's calling card. More...

Thinking Man Tavern Pub
12/20
537 W. Howard Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
Menu
This classic neighborhood pub features good food and relies more on conversation and conviviality than TVs. More...

Ton Ton Ramen
12/20
Ponce City Market
675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

Guy Wong's ramen operation sets a fine stage at Ponce City Market. More...

Vatica Indian
12/20
Terrell Mill Junction
1465 Terrell Mill Rd. SE, Ste. 100
Marietta, GA 30067
Menu
Gujarati vegetarian cooking at good prices and offered in substantial portions defines 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
Famous for its cupcakes, West Egg Café keeps a steady stream of patrons lined up for breakfast all week long. More...

The White House Southern
11/20
Peachtree Plaza
3172 Peachtree Rd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
Menu
When Buckhead’s fancy fare becomes fatiguing, area residents seek out the familiar and comfortable 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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