Who doesn’t like going out to eat instead of staying in? Unfortunately, it’s not always the most cost-effective idea. We put together a list for those of us who like amazing food, but also are dining on a budget.
1. Billie's Fine Food - St. Louis
Omelettes start at just $4 at this Soulard district hole-in-the-wall. Even for dinner, Billie's prices are crazy low with the most expensive item costing only $8.95.
1802 S Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63104
2. Cornerstone Subs and Pizza - Lebanon
Even with low prices, Cornerstone manages to ensure quality. Each day their bread dough is made fresh, so come on in for a tasty sub or pizza.
399 S Jefferson Ave.
Lebanon, MO 65536
3. La Pachanga - Kirksville
Not sure what's more brag-worthy here; the $6.49 taco dinner or the $2.50 14 oz. happy hour margarita. Might as well go with both since you'll still be under $10.
1710 S Baltimore St. Kirksville, MO 63501
4. The Bruncheonette - Joplin
Cheap, good food is hard to come by, but cheap, good food sourced from local farmers? Even harder. Look no further than The Bruncheonette in Joplin which checks all of those boxes.
424 N Main St.
Joplin, MO 64801
5. Billy Bob's Dairyland - Branson
Make sure to stop by this diner when in Branson. Don't forget a chocolate shake with your burger and fries!
1901 W 76 Country Blvd.
Branson, MO 65616
6. Whisler's Drive Up - Carthage
The menu says it all. A local fast food joint with prices that could rival most chains. Just remember to bring cash and be prepared for a line on busy nights.
300 N Garrison Ave.
Carthage, MO 64836
7. Neighborhood Cafe - Lees Summit
With breakfast burritos starting as low as $3.29, Neighborhood Cafe is an obvious choice. Even better, they throw in giant cinnamon rolls for free when you order a meal.
104 Southeast 3rd Street
Lee's Summit, MO 64063
8. Rama Thai - Springfield
This adorable Thai food shop is located in a house, so make sure you don't overlook it. The portions are plentiful and we highly suggest trying their Drunken Noodles.
1129 E Walnut St.
Springfield, MO 65806
9. Vietnam Cafe - Kansas City
Try something new with this authentic Vietnamese restaurant in Kansas City.
522 Campbell St.
Kansas City, MO 64106
10. Allin's Diner - St. Charles
Cranberry french toast or the stuffed scrambled egg quesadillas would have to be our top picks at this diner.
130 N Kingshighway St.
Saint Charles, MO 63301
11. Adriana's - St. Louis
Check out this corner shop in St. Louis for some authentic Italian food at a cheap price.
5101 Shaw Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63110