Dining out these days can be an expensive affair. With burgers topping the $15 mark and cocktails even more – it can often feel impossible to score a cheap bite to eat. The following are some of our favorite cheap eats in Salt Lake City. They all feature multiple dishes under ten dollars. And while they might be cheap, they certainly don’t skimp on the flavor or quality. Also be sure to check out our 2023 story on ten places to eat under $10.
While Greek cuisine is the focus of this menu at this Central 9th restaurant, there are plenty of comfort food classics that aren’t just under ten dollars, they’re closer to the $5 mark. The pictured BLT comes on hearty French toast, while the burger is similarly cheap.
259 W 900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Taqueria Los Lee
The prices are so affordable at this South Salt Lake mom and pop you’ll be able to snag one of their amazing tostadas AND a taco as well, and still have plenty of cash left over. A fabulous deal and equally fine food to boot.
2646 700 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
The spiralized truffle fries cost just for bucks, same for the churro fries. Sliders like the carne asada and al pastor make for perfect cocktail pairings and start from six bucks as well. The South Salt Lake distillery also usually features specialty cocktails under $10 too!
2245 S W Temple St, South Salt Lake, UT 84115
New Golden Dragon
If Chinese cuisine is your favorite, be sure to check out this long lived eatery on State Street. A staple of the local dining scene for many a year, the menu features plenty of dishes that won’t break the bank.
1716 S State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84115
You won’t be able to score the pictured smorgasbord for just ten dollars, but you can grab a range of tacos, burritos and more for comfortably less than a Hamilton. Even the massive array of dishes above is priced at the $30 mark and is enough to feed a small army.
909 300 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Mr Charlie’s Chicken Fingers
Are these the best chicken fingers in Utah? Probably. Are they also a cheap and tasty treat? Yep! Even the pictured chicken and waffles with house syrup fits snugly just under the ten dollar mark.
Hector’s Mexican Food
This Millcreek Mexican spot has been helping stretch wallets for decades. Despite facing inflationary pressure like everyone else, the menu still features a range of affordable dishes.
2901 E 3300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84109
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