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Best Chicago 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.

View GAYOT's Top 10 Cheap Eats Restaurants in Chicago

Cafe Iberico Spanish
Dining Room at Cafe Iberico, Chicago, IL 737 N. LaSalle Dr.
Chicago, IL 60610
Lively tapas mainstay in River North with reliable food and strong sangrĂ­a. More...

Del Seoul Korean
Quick Bite
2568 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
Korean tacos, dumplings and other eats have drawn a loyal following to this Lincoln Park fast-casual eatery. More...

Manny's Coffee Shop & Deli Deli
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Manny 1141 S. Jefferson St.
Chicago, IL 60607
This cafeteria-style delicatessen is an institution and a must-stop at lunch because the corned beef sandwich is darn good. More...

90 Miles Cuban Cafe Cuban
Quick Bite
3101 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
Addictive Cuban stand that makes people go out of the way for its crackly crusted sandwiches. More...

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