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Cheap Eats

Budget-friendly plates, places, people

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SLM’s dining team gets asked a lot of restaurant-related questions, but the most frequent query is, “Can you recommend somewhere that’s good—and cheap?” Indeed, we can (after much thought and research). In the following pages, you’ll discover 50 options, something for any mood, culinary hankering, relative liquidity, or weather. Perhaps you’ll find a new favorite, one that you can recommend if you’re ever asked the same thorny question.

Hamburgers &
Hot Dogs


Soups & Sandwiches


Pizzas, Pastas & Calzones

Middle Eastern & Mediterranean



Mexican, Latin & South American

Barbecue & Chicken

Food Trucks


Upscale—on the Cheap

Video: How to eat pho like a pro

Cheap eats bracket


Peruse photos of delicious deals from this month's cover story on Pinterest.


What are your favorite Cheap Eats in St. Louis? 

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Apr 26, 2013 07:43 pm
 Posted by  LebRes88

I wouldn't say Al Carfagno has an easy-going demeanor. Curious to know if you all made it to the kitchen to see where this pizza was made. Disgusting. You couldn't pay me to eat at this place.

Aug 20, 2013 11:09 pm
 Posted by  Penwynd

You've missed a true gem at the end of the loop. The hotdogs at Classic Hotdogs are Amazing. Cooked fresh, served on a poppy seed fresh roll. And they have burgers, gyros, wings and more. If you're really lucky, the owner will be working on his evening menu and you can get a wonderful meal of lamb shank with saffron and seasoned rice. Yes, 2 kinds of rice and a fall off the bone lamb shank. Located on the "wrong" end of the loop down by the bus barns and Old Wabash RR station.

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