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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
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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
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Former Colt Andy Nelson single-handedly turned Baltimoreans into pulled-pork lovers, and his Cockeysville joint is still our best barbecue bet. More...

Annabel Lee Tavern American
13/20
601 S. Clinton St.
Baltimore, MD 21224
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An atmospheric Poe-themed pub, with poetry on the walls and a poetic take on American tavern fare. More...

Bertha's Seafood
12/20
734 S. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231
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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
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The little yellow brick house is the source of topnotch smoked meats and homemade sauces. More...

Cazbar Turkish
13/20
316 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
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This lively Turkish taverna delivers a lot of pleasure, both culinary (authentic mezze and meals) and visual (belly dancers). More...

Clementine Contemporary
13/20
5402 Harford Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21214
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Clementine offers Baltimore a new kind of “fusion”: a truly family-friendly fine-dining restaurant. More...

Crepe Du Jour French
13/20
1609 Sulgrave Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21209
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Sweet and savory crêpes are only the beginning at this charming Parisian-style bistro. More...

Dukem Ethiopian
12/20
1100 Maryland Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21201
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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
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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
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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
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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

Lisa Heckman has returned to the local restaurant scene with an appealing Neapolitan-style pizzeria named after her favorite canines. More...

Ikaros Greek
12/20
4901 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21224
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Baltimore’s go-to spot for classic Greek dishes and bountiful seafood. 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...

Mekong Delta Cafe Vietnamese
13/20
105 W. Saratoga St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

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
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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...

Orchard Market & Cafe Middle Eastern
13/20
Orchard Tree Shopping Center
8815 Orchard Tree Ln.
Towson, MD 21286
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The pleasures of home-style Persian cooking are yours at this delightful little boîte off Joppa Road in Towson. More...

Papermoon Diner Diner
12/20
227 W. 29th St.
Baltimore, MD 21211
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A hip take on American comfort food plus colorful décor equals lines out the door at this Hopkins-area gathering place. More...

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

Sofi's Crepes Crêpes
Quick Bite
1723 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
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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...

Thai Restaurant Thai
12/20
3316 Greenmount Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21218

Baltimore's oldest Thai restaurant is still going strong, piquing our taste buds with its voluminous roster of curries, noodles and stir-fries. More...


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