Because it's not always necessary to order an expensive steak.

By Diana and Diana Oates
December 27, 2016
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It's true that it's pretty easy to spend $100 on dinner for two in Dallas. It's also true that there are exceptions to that rule if you do your research. In fact, there are some places with incredibly delicious food that's also dirt cheap.

Grab some grub at these places before they wise up and raise their prices.

Keller's Drive-In

For more than 50 years, this old school drive-in has been offering killer burgers, onion rings, and milkshakes for prices that have remained frozen in time. One of the most popular items is the number five: a double cheeseburger, with lettuce, tomato, special sauce, and grilled onions on a poppy-seed bun. The best part? It's $2.48. There are three locations, however the original, on Northwest Highway, has the most character.

Bubba's Cooks Country

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There aren't many other things associated with the word cheap in this fried chicken restaurant's ritzy neighborhood of University Park, however, if you want go southern cooking without breaking the bank, look no farther. Whether you want fried chicken, chicken-fried steak, or catfish, you can get it with mashed potatoes, green beans, and melt-in-your-mouth yeast rolls for under $10. They serve a mean breakfast, too.

Taco Joint

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This is Tex-Mex, not authentic Mexican fare. But that's okay when you can get “The Gaston Grab” with its three bacon, egg, and cheese and three potato, egg, and cheese breakfast tacos for $12.99. To amp it up a notch, ask them to switch out bacon for chorizo. They also feature nightly special—with delicious options like avocado queso porkliladas and sour cream enchiladas—that come with rice, beans, and a drink for only $8.99.

Jimmy's Food Store

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Don't judge this book by its cover. While it looks like your ordinary family-owned specialty grocery up front, they are churning out the best sandwiches in town in the back. All of these Italian sandwiches are huge and ring up under 10 bucks. Go with the small Italian sub featuring mortadella, capicola, soppressata, pepperoni and provolone for just $3.99. While most order this sandwiches to go, there is a small room with tables past the counter where locals gather to chow down.

Scalini's Pizza & Pasta

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Just East of downtown, in one of Lakewood's unassuming strip centers, this Italian gem serves up some of the largest portions of pasta for the smallest prices. Plus, you can actually get a decent glass of wine for under 10 bucks. Dinner portions are big enough to split between two people and most come in at or around $12. Whether you decide on spicy chicken scalopinne or veal Marsala, cappuccino pie is a must for dessert.