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Best Baltimore 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 Baltimore.

Ambassador Dining Room Indian
13/20
Ambassador Apartments
3811 Canterbury Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21218
Menu
This Indian gem's covered patio brings cozy firelight in winter and the delights of a garden view in summer. More...

Andy Nelson's Barbecue
Quick Bite
11007 York Rd.
Cockeysville, MD 21030
Menu
Former Colt Andy Nelson single-handedly turned Baltimoreans into pulled-pork lovers, and his Cockeysville joint is still our best barbecue bet. More...

Bertha's Seafood
12/20
734 S. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231
Menu
Jazz in the bar and free bumper stickers reading “Eat Bertha’s Mussels” are added attractions at this atmospheric maritime restaurant. More...

Big Bad Wolf's House of Barbeque Barbecue
Quick Bite
5713 Harford Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21214
Menu
The little yellow brick house is the source of topnotch smoked meats and homemade sauces. More...

Clementine Contemporary
13/20
5402 Harford Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21214

Clementine offers Baltimore a new kind of “fusion”: a truly family-friendly fine-dining restaurant. More...

Dukem Ethiopian
12/20
1100 Maryland Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Menu
Whether you are an old hand at eating Ethiopian or not, in Baltimore, the place to go is friendly, jam-packed Dukem. More...

Golden West Cafe Eclectic
12/20
1105 W. 36th St.
Baltimore, MD 21211
Menu
This funky Hampden café's quirkiness and eclectic menu are a formula for fun, morning or night. More...

Havana Road Cuban
12/20
8 W. Pennsylvania Ave.
Towson, MD 21204
Menu
The flavors of Cuba are as close as Towson, where the pretty, papaya-hued Havana Road serves up authentic, slow-simmered, rib-sticking fare. More...

Helmand Afghan
13/20
806 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Menu
Who knew that gently exotic Afghani cuisine would become Baltimore's favorite comfort food? More...

Iggies Pizza
Quick Bite
818 N. Calvert St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
Menu
Lisa Heckman has returned to the local restaurant scene with an appealing Neapolitan-style pizzeria named after her favorite canines. More...

Joe Squared Pizza & Bar Pizza
13/20
133 W. North Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Only the pizza is square at this quirky hangout for hipsters and families. More...

Kali's Mezze Mediterranean
14/20
1606 Thames St.
Baltimore, MD 21231
Menu
Mezze has inherited its winning ways from its adjoining parent, Kali’s Court, but has an innovative small-plates menu all its own. More...

Kyodai Rotating Sushi Bar Sushi
13/20
Towson Commons
1 W. Pennsylvania Ave.
Towson, MD 21204
Menu
Fine food, fun and instant gratification join forces in the Baltimore area's first "rotating" sushi bar. More...

Mekong Delta Cafe Vietnamese
13/20
105 W. Saratoga St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Menu
Pho, the addictive Vietnamese noodle soup, is the big draw at this always-crowded family-owned eatery. More...

Miss Shirley's Cafe Southern
13/20
Dining Room at Miss Shirley 513 W. Cold Spring Ln.
Baltimore, MD 21210
Menu
Miss Shirley's blend of down-home soul and uptown savvy makes this charmer of a café a winning choice for breakfast or lunch. More...

Rocket To Venus American
12/20
3360 Chestnut Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21211
Menu
This former corner bar offers a loveably eclectic menu in a playfully futuristic setting. More...

Ryleigh's Oyster Seafood
13/20
36 E. Cross St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
Menu
Among the new breed of restaurants that add a “fine dining” gloss to casual tavern fare, this handsome Federal Hill bar shines in the seafood department. More...

Sofi's Crepes Crêpes
Quick Bite
1723 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Menu
Stockbroker-turned-restaurateur Ann Costlow has created a haven of breezy Parisian charm in midtown Baltimore. More...

Sticky Rice Pan-Asian
13/20
1634 Aliceanna St.
Baltimore, MD 21231

Sticky Rice gives sushi and other Asian classics a hipster makeover. More...

Tapas Teatro Tapas
15/20
Dining Room at Tapas Teatro, Baltimore, MD 1711 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Menu
Tapas reign supreme at this uptown hot-spot. More...


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