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Best cheap lunch

How about a fish taco and a trio of salsas for lunch. Taqueria del Sol was your pick for best cheap lunch in and around Atlanta. Staff photo

How about a fish taco and a trio of salsas for lunch. Taqueria del Sol was your pick for best cheap lunch in and around Atlanta. Staff photo

YOUR PICKS
1. Taqueria del Sol
You say, “No competition, Taqueria del Sol – two people, 4 tacos, 1 cole slaw, guacamole for 2, 2 teas (the best tea in the world, by the way!) = $20!” and “Taqueria del Sol is the best deal on the planet for lunch OR dinner.”

2. Costco
3. Matthews Cafeteria
4. Eats
5. Lee’s Bakery

OUR PICKS
1. The Lunch Basket
The AJC dining team’s Popular Eats specialist Jon Watson says, “This small Marietta lunch spot near Kennestone Hospital serves up cheap and simply sandwiches each weekday to long lines of devotees. Most of their no-frills sandwiches cost less than $5 each, making this one of the best lunch deals in the city.”

2. Victory Sandwich Bar
3. Brandi’s World Famous Hot Dogs
4. Hankook Taqueria
5. Lee’s Bakery

155 comments Add your comment

kevin

July 19th, 2011
2:01 pm

bell st. burritos.

Cherry

July 19th, 2011
2:21 pm

ROSA’s PIZZA in downtown Atlanta on Broad St! The best New York style Pizza for $6, authentic homemade lasagna, meatball hoagie/wedge, italian ice plus excellent customer service! Rosa’s Pizza, the staff, the food, reminds me of home and New York got the best pizzas in the U.S.!

Jim

July 19th, 2011
2:23 pm

EATS is the best cheap meal.

Carrrie

July 19th, 2011
2:32 pm

Lee’s Bakery on Buford Hwy. It’s a Vietnamese bakery and has very reasonable prices and generous portions.

bphilb

July 19th, 2011
2:33 pm

Brady’s Famous Hotdogs. Two chili dogs for less than $4. They will light you up they are sooooo goood.

bphilb

July 19th, 2011
2:33 pm

Brandy’s…ooops

Ganners

July 19th, 2011
2:40 pm

Willy’s Mexicana!!! My go to for cheap and yummy eats!

chicken

July 19th, 2011
2:47 pm

El Pollo Loco has a $2.99 +tax special on Tuesdays that I just finished devouring. You get two pieces of chicken, two sides, two tortillas, and fresh salsa.

Marc

July 19th, 2011
2:56 pm

Judy’s Country Kitchen on Sandy Plains Road in Marietta. Very good selection of hot food, vegetables, and desserts. $7.00 includes taxes and Ice Tea and is all you can eat. Best deal and food for the money.

litz

July 19th, 2011
3:01 pm

Anyone on the northside perimeter knows about La Botana … texmex and cheap. Surprising amount of food, and you can be out the door for <$5 (if you drink water) <$7 if you get a coke.

Mountain Girl

July 19th, 2011
3:14 pm

Ably Asian in Jasper, GA The lunch is only $5.95 and you get a whole meal:soup, eggroll and a plate full of food. Not only delicious but guess what? NUTRITIOUS AS WELL. Unlike most of the lunch places mentioned.

S

July 19th, 2011
3:15 pm

Farm Burger in Decatur. $8 lunch for a burger, fries and a drink!

Workin' Woman

July 19th, 2011
3:16 pm

Baldinos – hands down! Can’t beat the $3.49 daily special

David Allen

July 19th, 2011
3:19 pm

Donnie’s Country Cafe on Highway 78 near Stone Mountain Park. Meat, 2 Veggies, Bread and Soft Drink with free refills for $5.50. Best deal in town.

Randy

July 19th, 2011
3:22 pm

The Varsity is still king of cheap.

Ines

July 19th, 2011
3:24 pm

Cuban Diner off Roswell Road in Marietta. http://www.mariettacubandiner.com

Mike

July 19th, 2011
3:26 pm

Country Cafe on Lawrenceville Hwy. Great wings at cheap price and country fried steak is just too good.

cbgb

July 19th, 2011
3:32 pm

Another vote for Judy’s on Sandy Plains. Lunch or dinner. 6.50 plus tax includes drink. All you can stand. Go there bunches. http://www.judyscountrykitchen.com/

kmaria

July 19th, 2011
3:44 pm

Figo and Eats!! In a pinch while shopping, definitely Costco!

P. Allen

July 19th, 2011
3:52 pm

Lee’s bakery for a $2.50 Banh Mi sandwich – if you buy 5 you get the 6th free, also the #1 combo at Lee’s – for $6.50 you get half a Banh Mi and a huge bowl of Pho.

Steve

July 19th, 2011
3:59 pm

I think its clear that Atlantans are frustrated with over priced, pre-processed food. Wake up restauranteurs… Fresh is best!

Cris

July 19th, 2011
4:05 pm

Lee’s Bakery!

Mark

July 19th, 2011
4:25 pm

Off Virginia Ave BJ’s Home Cooking $6 including a drink, very good food.

Mario

July 19th, 2011
4:31 pm

REUBEN’S DELI ON BROAD ST. BOARSHEAD MEATS FOR $5 PER FULL SANDWICH. AND IT’S A REAL SANDWICH NOT THAT PLASTIC STUFF FROM THE OTHER GUYS.

MJ

July 19th, 2011
4:49 pm

EATS is NASTY.

Gee

July 19th, 2011
6:32 pm

Willy’s Mexicana. I just love those chicken charolitas – get 2 for about $5 and they give you chips and all the salsa you want. Yummy and low calories and fat!

Bill

July 20th, 2011
1:26 am

Edi

July 20th, 2011
11:34 am

Gritz Restaurant in McDonough has some great lunch specials. They have great vegetables!

annie

July 20th, 2011
9:38 pm

Willy’s, even though every location i’ve been to during lunch seems to have a long line.

sr citizen dawg

July 21st, 2011
10:04 am

wendys……….can’t beat price……….nor quality………….

Mary B

July 21st, 2011
1:25 pm

I change my vote to the Varsity….no clue how I left them off my list!

Frmvegas

July 21st, 2011
3:10 pm

I agree with mmmmmm Food…Julias in Marietta! CARNE ASADA TACOS W/ FRESH CILANTRO AND ONIONS!!! Great portions too!

Ally

July 21st, 2011
4:01 pm

Bangkok Thyme in Sandy Springs has great lunch specials.

Rob & the Dog

July 21st, 2011
6:13 pm

Julias! i thought it was my secret! Awesome!

jerry

July 21st, 2011
6:49 pm

Lemon Grass on Roswell in Marietta. The best @ 6.95.

CB

July 21st, 2011
7:04 pm

Lunch special at Oz Pizza in East Point or Shindigs on Campbellton Road

frw

July 21st, 2011
9:38 pm

El Taco Veloz and Brandi’s are both great for lunch.

jpk

July 21st, 2011
10:42 pm

Bell Street Burritos (Sweet Auburn Curb Market)- the best burritos in town.

KK

July 22nd, 2011
8:30 am

Figo and Tacqueria de Sol

Helen Baker

July 22nd, 2011
8:42 am

Fortune Cookie at Loehmann’s Plaza, Decatur, ga.

JC

July 22nd, 2011
11:01 am

FIGO Pasta! They have lunch specials for just $5.95 and $6.95

Paul

July 22nd, 2011
11:46 am

Tempo Doeloe

Yum!

July 22nd, 2011
11:56 am

Goldberg’s Deli @ Georgetown Shopping Center in Dunwoody (other ATL locations, too). Any sandwich with a side will put you back $7 or so, but I find it substantial enough to bring home 1/2 for dinner. The roast chicken sandwich will make you slap your mama it’s soooo good!

Foodie Cutie

July 22nd, 2011
12:20 pm

FIGO, home made pasta, your choice of sauce and salad for around $8.00! You can’t beat that!

JB

July 22nd, 2011
1:42 pm

I wish people wouldn’t publicize it (and I am guilty too), but Taqueria del Sol is the best deal on the planet for lunch OR dinner.

JCC

July 22nd, 2011
2:08 pm

Eats on Ponce by City Hall East. Jerk chicken can’t be beat, would be worth it for twice the price. Collars and Black beans are the perfect sides. Their Pasta station is pretty good too. Don’t let the esthetics fool you.

Eric B

July 22nd, 2011
2:17 pm

La Oaxaquena Taqueria on Mt. Zion Blvd in Jonesboro provides fantastic authentic Mexican food – weekday specials for $5.99. The posole on the weekends is worth a trip by itself.

Sheik Kabob & Burritos on Cheshire is an unusual idea for fusion but the fresh ingredients and great flavors make it a bargain. Menu items run $8-10.

Baltisraul

July 22nd, 2011
5:19 pm

woodstock jack……awhile back I would have said Subway also. But when they stopped putting meat on their subs, they lost me.

My vote Sam’s Club

Briley Parkway

July 23rd, 2011
10:47 am

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Briley Parkway

July 23rd, 2011
10:53 am

The Red Eyed Mule in Marietta. Get the “Jake Burger” on Texas toast for $2.80. Add cheese for .50 more. Catch them on Fridays for the “Redneck Reuben” basket – Smoked beef brisket and homemade cole slaw on grilled Texas toast, with fries – $6.95.