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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

Belly Shack Asian
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Belly Shack, Chicago, IL 1912 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
This casual eatery from Bill Kim hits head-on with full-flavored Latin and Asian dishes. More...

Cafe Iberico Spanish
Dining Room at Cafe Iberico, Chicago, IL 739 N. La Salle St.
Chicago, IL 60610
Lively tapas mainstay in River North with reliable food and strong sangría. More...

Chicago Diner Vegetarian
Dining Room at Chicago Diner, Chicago, IL 3411 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60657
Meat-free since '83, this vegetarian-friendly restaurant is seeing a revival. 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...

Johnnie's Beef Italian
Quick Bite
7500 W. North Ave.
Elmwood Park, IL 60635
Italian beef stand where people line the block year-long to munch, standing, at the counter or take it to go. 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...

Penny's Noodle Shop Pan-Asian
Dining Room at Penny 3400 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Popular, cost-conscious noodle joint that always delivers on what’s expected. More...

Slurping Turtle Japanese
116 W. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60654
Takashi Yagihashi's affordable noodle, small plates and bincho joint is jumping in River North. More...

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