Delicious food and saving money are two of my favorite things. Living in New Jersey, there’s an abundance of incredible eateries, but saving money isn’t always so easy. That’s why finding a fantastic deal is so exciting. I’ve scoured the state to share some amazing bargains with you, guaranteed to make your dining budget go further. Here are 16 incredible places you can eat in New Jersey for less than $10.
1. Inspiration Roll, Morristown
You've never had sushi like this before - served wrapped in nori, burrito-style. You can build your own "burrito," salad or rice bowl for just $9, including up to 4 toppings and offering some truly unique combinations.
2. Peking Buffet, Glassboro
Located in College Town Shopping Center, I've never seen a buffet THIS affordable. Dinner is just $8.99 all week AND college students, seniors (60+), law enforcement officers and military personnel all get an extra 10% off. Did I mention the reviews are top-notch? This is a budget friendly must-visit.
3. Lucy's, North Brunswick
Lucy's serves a mix of Mexican, Peruvian and breakfast foods. Nearly ALL of the breakfast dishes and Mexican platters are priced under $10. Visit for breakfast, lunch and dinner six days a week; open until 5pm on Sundays.
4. Sunshine Grill, Edison
A reader favorite, the majority of menu is priced under $10. You'll find truly unique meals at a bargain including the Jake N Bake - A burger or grilled chicken topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, BBQ sauce and Texas toast, served with fries for just $9.99.
5. Tony's Bistro, Califon
You can choose from several soups, sandwiches, appetizers and personal pies for under $10, but the real deal is Pasta Tuesdays. Personalize your pasta dish for just $9.95, salad included.
6. The Chicken Or The Egg, Beach Haven
With summer nearly here, many of us will be spending some time on LBI. The impact of a beach weekend on your wallet can really add up, but you can keep costs down by heading here. Breakfast is served all day and you can choose from a wide selection of omelets, egg sandwiches, pancakes and more for under $10. You can also score a six piece of their famous wings for $7.29.
7. The Roadside Diner, Wall
One of New Jersey's oldest diners, this eatery is open daily for breakfast and lunch. Most of the menu is under $10, and the egg rolls are a favorite.
8. Uncle Ricky's Outdoor Bar & Grill, Vineland
Enjoy open air dining and a fun atmosphere at a great price. Many of the sandwiches, snacks and bar menu items are priced under $10, and the appetizer platter is a steal at $8.95. You get to choose 5 from the following: onion rings, calamari, jalepeno poppers, mozzarella sticks, battered zucchini, chicken tenders or wings.
9. Rutt's Hut, Clifton
Famous for their deep fried hot dogs, Rutt's Hut also offers a sizable menu of affordably priced options. If you come here with $10, you can easily leave stuffed.
10. Sweet Lew's Cafe, Freehold
A local favorite for breakfast, Sweet Lew's also serves lunch. Choose from salads, sandwiches, soups, sides, wraps and more for under $10. Enjoy indoor/outdoor dining and a great atmosphere, as well.
11. Flaming Grill Buffet, Manville
The lunch buffet here is just $7.59 on weekdays and $8.39 on weekends. Dinner is always $11.59, but it doesn't disappoint and there is a printable coupon on the website for $1.50 off.
12. Lava Java, Lavallette
You'll find a charming atmosphere, affordable prices and the best Taylor Ham/Pork Roll Egg & Cheese Sandwich around. Reviewers agree that it's love at first bite.
13. Church's Kitchen, Union
This place may not be fancy, but it serves up some of the best fried chicken in the state. Combo meals start as low as $5.50 and include your chicken, a roll and 2 sides.
14. RU Hungry, New Brunswick
Sandwiches stuffed with greasy goodies - a New Jersey favorite. No one does a fat sandwich better than R U hungry, and you'll get a massive amount of food for under $10. Choose from a huge selection at this fantastic food truck, or opt for a salad (new to the menu).
15. Empanada Guy, Freehold
This food truck favorite now has a brick and mortar location in Freehold. The flaky, flavorful empanadas are a fantastic value, mostly priced at $3 each. For $5, you can get an empanada with real crab or lobster meat.
16. Red Oak Buffet, Wildwood
The breakfast buffet is just $7.99 for adults. Enjoy an endless supply of all your favorites including pancakes, waffles, french toast, omelets, hot cereals, sausage, muffins and more.
What other dining deals do you know of in New Jersey? Share your favorite bargains from around the state, I’d love to do a part two.