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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

Belinda

July 18th, 2011
12:02 pm

Alexa Kravitz

July 18th, 2011
12:34 pm

Belly General Store

Peter

July 18th, 2011
2:51 pm

Matthew’s cafeteria in Tucker for southern food and Taxco restaurant on Roswell Rd. for Mexican food.

MMMmmm...FOOD

July 18th, 2011
3:36 pm

Julia’s Taqueria on Roswell St. In Marietta. They make their own tortillas!

Typical Redneck

July 18th, 2011
4:12 pm

Baldino’s.

Mark R

July 18th, 2011
9:33 pm

Peter is right! Matthews Cafeteria in Tucker on Main Street. It`s the best meal for the money–real food, real meat, real veggies. Very affordable.

Wes

July 18th, 2011
9:35 pm

@Alexa: Belly doesn’t exist anymore.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

July 18th, 2011
9:38 pm

Chin Chin is VERY reasonable for lunch.

John

July 18th, 2011
9:38 pm

Wendy’s. You can have an entire meal for under $5. Best lunch spot ever.

Jason Hatfield

July 18th, 2011
9:42 pm

Taqueria del Sol – you can pick up 2 incredible tacos, a cup of corn chowder and a drink for about $7. Best lunch in Atlanta.

Michael

July 18th, 2011
9:47 pm

Jason’s Deli

Bill

July 18th, 2011
10:01 pm

My lunch box!

Muck

July 18th, 2011
10:05 pm

Viet Tofu. Great Banh mi for $2.50 and dessert for 1.50

Karl Marx

July 18th, 2011
10:14 pm

El Taco Veloz. Super Burrito Carne Asada with Green Sauce $5.50. One is a meal by itself and very tasty! YUM

Cat W.

July 18th, 2011
10:19 pm

@Wes…I ate at Belly on Sunday. It’s definitely still there.

Cat W.

July 18th, 2011
10:19 pm

Oh, and it’s my nomination, as well!

Elizabeth

July 18th, 2011
10:27 pm

Well, we just voted on the Bahn Mi category but any of your top 5 for a $2.50 sandwich are hard to beat. Now if we could just get these Bahn Mi in Midtown – cant trek to BuHi for lunch with my allotted 30 minutes sadly.

Also a newcomer to the food truck scene – the Wow! truck from Ducks Cosmic Kitchen. The arepas are amazing and I was stuffed for less than $5.

Tech Man

July 18th, 2011
10:28 pm

Tech Man

July 18th, 2011
10:30 pm

Waffle House with the 10% off coupon for supporting local schools.

jw

July 18th, 2011
10:31 pm

Bill

July 18th, 2011
10:34 pm

Taqueria del Sol. When you have to get there before 11:45 to avoid a 30 minute wait that should be a good sign….

Cappy

July 18th, 2011
10:35 pm

Ruebens Deli on Broad St.

Half a sandwich and a water… under 4 bucks.

atlanta native

July 18th, 2011
10:46 pm

Banh Mi anywhere $2.50 each buy 5 get one free!

La Kermex awesome huevos rancheros under $5

Taco Bell fresco bean burrito 99 cents, low fat and fills you up

Mary B

July 18th, 2011
10:53 pm

Jason’s Deli, great salad bar for a very good price, also Fortune Cookie over on N. Druid Hills Rd they have a great lunch special.

joe

July 18th, 2011
11:14 pm

Sam’s club and Costco… Hot dog and drink(unlimited) $1.50

Josh

July 18th, 2011
11:33 pm

Bim Bim Bop at Hankook Taqueria or Memphis tacos at Taqueria Del Sol

Josh

July 18th, 2011
11:35 pm

I meant Bimbibap

BarryLee

July 18th, 2011
11:53 pm

Matthews Cafeteria in Tucker is still great for lunch.

FM Fats

July 18th, 2011
11:56 pm

Cafe Lily in Decatur has a wonderful list of $5.95 lunch specials. And then there’s Steak Day at the Oak Grove Market.

Dixie Cybill Presley

July 18th, 2011
11:56 pm

Donnies Home Cookin on Clairmont @ Buford Hwy in the shopping center with Kroger. Meat & 2 with bread & drink for $5.50 tax included. http://www.donniescountrycookin.com

dirty mike

July 19th, 2011
12:03 am

mediterranean grille
$6 business lunch special and im full for a week.

A reader

July 19th, 2011
12:16 am

Harry’s Pizza, at the corner of Powers Ferry and Interstate North Parkway. Great pizza, good prices, and the owner and staff are like a great big family. I have been going there for years and years.

Deal me

July 19th, 2011
12:37 am

mcdonalds on memorial–cheeseburger and apple pie.

William

July 19th, 2011
12:46 am

Taxco on Roswell Road

Big Gunt

July 19th, 2011
12:58 am

Victory Sandwich in Inman Park

Holden

July 19th, 2011
1:20 am

Taqueria is awesome. Also dig Moe’s on Monday. Get a great burrito, chips and a drink for $5.

spidermonkey

July 19th, 2011
2:10 am

Taco Velez on Buford Hwy.

big jon

July 19th, 2011
3:31 am

Eatz on Ponce!!

Kev

July 19th, 2011
4:17 am

Costco. Giant dog or Polish for $1.50. Incudes drink.

Mike Harris

July 19th, 2011
4:48 am

Great lunch selections at very affordable prices.

Mike Harris

July 19th, 2011
4:49 am

The cuban at Crossroads in Flowery Branch!

Ike

July 19th, 2011
5:04 am

Lil This Lil That on 19/41…Jonesboro, GA…Three dollar lunch specials every day!

Mr. Ed

July 19th, 2011
5:57 am

Little Bangkok on Cheshire Bridge. They offer a varied assortment of Thai and Chinese lunch specials, served with an soup appetizer, the bulk under six dollars.

Native

July 19th, 2011
6:19 am

Holden – you don’t get a drink in the $5 Moe’s Monday.

Destin Dawg

July 19th, 2011
6:35 am

Golden Coral buffet or Olive Garden salad & soup… under $8 if you drink water

Destin Dawg

July 19th, 2011
6:36 am

We like salad bars .. so also Sweet Tomato’s..

Elizabeth

July 19th, 2011
6:42 am

El Senor Taco – $1.55 for a fish taco and it comes with fresh tortilla chips and salsa bar!!!!

DecaturCyn

July 19th, 2011
6:59 am

The cafeteria at Your DeKalb Farmer’s Market has lots of veggies and internationally inspired choices for a low price. And I agree with Big John about Eatz on Ponce … it’s cool comfort food in a laid-back atmosphere.

woodstock jack

July 19th, 2011
7:09 am

hands down, the value meal at subway. 6 inch sub, large drink, and chips for #3.99!

Upscale Man

July 19th, 2011
7:10 am

How about Mckendrick’s. While cheap might not be the right word, the blackened grouper with 2 side for $13 is pretty hard to beat for lunch. Maybe it qualifies as best value

Michael

July 19th, 2011
7:13 am

It’s gotten to the point where anything under $10 is cheap. For that, Eats is hard to beat. The jerk chicken is great, and so is just about anything you can get there.

Oxnard

July 19th, 2011
7:29 am

Gotta agree with Costco; foot-long Polish and unlimited drink for $1.50.

Scott

July 19th, 2011
7:34 am

Chef Lui’s dumplings, Lee’s Bakery’s Ban mi, Hankook’s tacos

Maureen

July 19th, 2011
7:47 am

Bar-B-Cutie in Woodstock. Week day lunch specials for a flat $5.00 include a sandwich, two sides and a large drink. Their smoked bar-b-que pork and smoked beef brisket sandwiches are lean and packed with flavor.

MD

July 19th, 2011
7:50 am

Cuban sandwich at Crazy Cuban on 14th Street. Sandwich, chips, & drink for $8.41.

B Ha

July 19th, 2011
7:58 am

cafeteria at your dekalb farmer’s market or lee’s bakery. both are a little out of the ordinary and yummy.

N-GA

July 19th, 2011
8:09 am

Taco Veloz – Barbacoa burrito and a drink…many folks won’t be able to eat the whole thing. Drizzle a little tomatillo salsa on it and eat it like a gyro! Bite, then more salsa. Repeat until you are stuffed! Absolutely a terrific value. The barbacoa torta is great too!

OtisTheDrunk

July 19th, 2011
8:12 am

TWO hot dogs,polish or brats at Quick Trip for $2…Stevi-B’s pizza buffet too.

estro

July 19th, 2011
8:17 am

Bridge town grill and Tortillas!

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July 19th, 2011
8:22 am

only laborers eat at qt

cheepfoodie

July 19th, 2011
8:40 am

Lee’s Bakery,Senor Taco,Mathews Cafeteria,Old Brick Barbeque,El Taco Veloz,Super H Mart food court.All good and cheap.

Belinda

July 19th, 2011
10:58 am

Always Fresh Cafe in Mountain Park/Lilburn.

Billy

July 19th, 2011
11:18 am

Harry’s Pizza and Barker’s Red Hots

anita

July 19th, 2011
12:12 pm

In Between Cafe at Buckhead Center – Peachtree Road

w in Marietta

July 19th, 2011
12:14 pm

Rhea’s in Roswell…best burger in the area…burger, fries and a drink for just over $5.00

Rick

July 19th, 2011
12:15 pm

Dollar menu at Wendy’s.

Dan

July 19th, 2011
12:19 pm

Home Grown on Memorial Drive.

Mike

July 19th, 2011
12:20 pm

The hotdog/pizza stand inside IKEA. hotdogs are on .50 and pizza is 1 including tax.

Dave

July 19th, 2011
12:23 pm

Maybe it’s just me, but I think the Varsity ought to be mentioned.

Didi

July 19th, 2011
12:27 pm

Do some of you people get it that cheap doesn’t always mean GOOD?! McDonald’s and Taco Bell??? Eeewwww. Cheap, yeah. Good? No, no and never!

Anna Redding

July 19th, 2011
12:27 pm

Cafe at Pharr on Miami Circle

I Agree w/ ???

July 19th, 2011
12:28 pm

La Casona on Buford Hwy

Anna Redding

July 19th, 2011
12:29 pm

Also Little Bangkok on Cheshire Bridge

www.legendarydads.com

July 19th, 2011
12:37 pm

Great cheap eats in Atlanta. . . .

Pizza Vesuvius – Edgewood – Great lunch special – Pizza, Salad and Drink for like $8, on Scoutmob right now
Nick’s Greek – Hill St. – BEST Gyro – Throw in a Baklava and then take a nap – around $6
Mexican is always a great cheap lunch spot. . . your favorite. . wherever

winstonhussein

July 19th, 2011
12:37 pm

Didi,
Their food is better than your acceptance of other people’s opinions.

Yo Mama Says

July 19th, 2011
12:38 pm

Home Grown is NOT a value and is tasteless…def Lee’s Bakery or EATS. Fast Food is gross (no Subway, McDonalds, Taco Bell, Costco dogs, etc)

Tater

July 19th, 2011
12:39 pm

“Dixie Cybill Presley” – Donny’s – Cheap, yes.. Worst food I’ve ever had in my life, yes again.

Costco Pizza and Drink – tremendous value and good!
Matthews – Excellent – Excellent!!!
Wendy’s Chili is pretty good – most days..

Steve

July 19th, 2011
12:42 pm

Little’s Food Store in Cabbagetown has great little burgers and fresh cut fries for cheap!

Rob

July 19th, 2011
12:43 pm

Niramish in lil 5. Full plate of hot Bangladeshi/Indian food for 6-7 bucks.

John

July 19th, 2011
12:44 pm

Los Loros-special lunch # 1.

2 pohr

July 19th, 2011
12:49 pm

Any Willy’s Taco, chips, salsa and a water $2.60 plus tax! Now that’s cheap AND good!

Maddie

July 19th, 2011
12:49 pm

Red Neck Gourmet! In Newnan and Senoia.

Herman

July 19th, 2011
12:52 pm

Lunch on Main located on Main Street in College Park.

ATLien

July 19th, 2011
12:53 pm

Fellini’s has the best pizza in town and their veggie pizza slice is less than $4.00 and very filling.

Blue

July 19th, 2011
12:54 pm

EATS off E Ponce De Leon

Lori

July 19th, 2011
12:55 pm

For the Golden Corral fans…it’s way cheaper if you just make a to-go plate. You can get a whole thing of food for like 3 or 4 bucks instead of paying the buffet price!

JMF

July 19th, 2011
1:02 pm

#1: Sushi Avenue in Decatur (either location, but the off-the-square location seems better to me)
#2: Saigon Basil on Piedmont (always super fresh and delicious)

Jennifer

July 19th, 2011
1:07 pm

Super Pan! Super Pan!

ziza

July 19th, 2011
1:09 pm

little bangkok and mediterranean grill. real food at good prices. i don’t trust any hotdog for 50 cents and ikea’s food just totally grosses me out. good tip on golden corral. folks dont know how good that place can be. you just have to choose wisely.

Steve

July 19th, 2011
1:16 pm

Wilburs BBQ rocks and has a great lunch deal

Bishop Eddie Longs Red Panties

July 19th, 2011
1:20 pm

North Peking on Roswell Rd in Sandy Springs Great food less than $6.00

Atlanta Native

July 19th, 2011
1:24 pm

White House on Peachtree in Buckhead

Ted

July 19th, 2011
1:37 pm

Best deal downtown for lunch. Rays in the City (on Peachtree). Chopped steak, Mashed Potatoes, Glass of Red Wine. Ten bucks. Great meal for the money.

QueenFe

July 19th, 2011
1:42 pm

Definitely, Tacqueria del Sol. Good food at reasonable prices. I know we’re talking about lunch but I double-dog dare you to try a margarita during the dinner hour. Lions, and tigers, and bears–oh my!

Rob

July 19th, 2011
1:43 pm

Eats on Ponce

Forboda

July 19th, 2011
1:43 pm

Taqiuera El Vecino in Oak Grove and Rosa’s Pizza downtown. Great, authentic food for under $5.

Rob

July 19th, 2011
1:48 pm

The little Fiesta Food store on Cheshire Bridge has a 3 or 4 person food counter in back that serves up tacos and a few other things. Very good and very cheap. It’s between the car wash and the poster hut building.

diamond-e

July 19th, 2011
1:51 pm

have to go with baldinos in marietta on fridays.hella tuna sammich,side and all the water you can drink $2.70 drive out

Kate

July 19th, 2011
1:52 pm

The Grilled Pork Sandwich @ Lee’s Bakery… $3.00 and it’s delicious!

Lynn

July 19th, 2011
1:53 pm

Rosa’s Pizza, Downtown. A slice of cheese pizza and a Diet Coke for @ $4.

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.

JasonC

July 23rd, 2011
1:24 pm

Mediterranean Grille midtown and East Cobb!

Baltisraul

July 24th, 2011
7:21 am

Upscale Man….Yea, $13 for lunch sort of misses the mark on this topic.

PJ

July 24th, 2011
11:15 am

Taqueria San Pancho in Roswell – we can fully feed our family of 4, including bottled sodas, for $15 or less & it is delicious

Fishwidme

July 24th, 2011
10:34 pm

Matthews in Tucker…unless Al’s in North Augusta SC can be included.

cw

July 25th, 2011
8:16 am

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!