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Cheap Eats Atlanta: 10 of the Best Meals Under $20

BY: Sarah Gorr | Jul 18, 2018

Atlanta is the third fastest-growing city in America, and not without good reason. It's a vibrant city in the heart of the South where entrepreneurs, artists, and foodies commingle. But does all that cosmopolitan flair mean you'll have to break the bank to get a decent meal? We don't think so. That's why we compiled this list of Cheap Eats Atlanta champions. The best part? You can get a meal at any of these spots for less than $20.


1. Pastrami Sandwich at Grouchy's NY Deli & Bagels

11525 Haynes Bridge Rd. | Alpharetta

New York deli fare makes its way to Georgia in the form of Grouchy's Sandwich: a towering pile of pastrami topped with swiss cheese and mustard. It's like being in the Big Apple, but with more Southern charm.

Click here to see deals for Grouchy's NY Deli & Bagels starting at $16.50.


2. Fried Chicken at Busy Bee Cafe

810 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive NW | Atlanta University Center

Busy Bee Cafe was named one of the best restaurants in Atlanta for soul food by Thrillist, which makes it pretty much the perfect place to grab their classic fried chicken dinner. For just $14, you'll get two pieces of juicy fried chicken plus two veggies and cornbread.


3. Blackened Mango Chicken at Chef Rob's Caribbean Cafe

5920 Roswell Rd. NE | Sandy Springs

Southern cuisine is fantastic, but travel a little farther south into the Caribbean and you'll discover a whole host of new and exciting flavors. That's why we recommend the blackened chicken, whose smoky, spicy punch is nicely complemented by the mellow sweetness of the mango.

Click here to see deals at Chef Rob's Caribbean Cafe starting at $14.


4. Smack'n'Cheese Sausage at Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand

489 Moreland Ave SE | North Ormewood Park

Chicken sausage is delicious, but what if you pair it with the ultimate in Southern comfort? Then you get the truly decadent Smack'n'Cheese: link chicken sausage topped with mac'n'cheese and collard greens and a fresh hoagie roll. That's a bite out of heaven, and it's just $7.99.


5. Pizza at Mellow Mushroom

275 Highway 74 | Peachtree City

Though you can't go wrong with the House Special, we think the Kosmic Karma sounds delish with a blend of feta and mozzarella plus sun-dried tomatoes and a pesto swirl. Plus, this place is a fan fave, earning a 4.5-star rating with over 1,000 reviews!

Click to see deals at Mellow Mushroom starting at $15.


6. Lemon Icebox Pie at The Silver Skillet

200 14th St NW | Home Park

Georgia's famous for its peach cobbler, but it's only really noteworthy during the short peach season when the fruit is in abundance. What do you do the rest of the year? Grab a slice of lemon icebox pie, of course. It's a classic lemon-y custard with a graham cracker and vanilla wafer crust that'll remind you of grandma's home cookin' for just 5 bucks.


7. Dutch Baby at The Original Pancake House

5530 Windward Pkwy | Alpharetta

Never heard of a dutch baby? Then you're in for a treat. The light, airy pancake puffs up in a cast-iron skillet in the oven creating a sweet confection that's part pancake part yorkshire pudding and all delicious.

Click here to see deals for The Original Pancake House starting at $12.


8. Cowboy Style Burger at Grindhouse Killer Burgers

Multiple Locations

Who can resist a good Cowboy style burger? The crispy onion ring, the smoky bacon, the tangy barbecue sauce… it's perfection in burger form from one of the top-ranked burger joints in the city. When it comes to cheap restaurants in Atlanta, you'll get some real bang for your buck: it's just $6.99 for a single or $8.99 for a double.


9. Coffee Oreo Ice Cream at Bruster's Real Ice Cream

1431 Highway 11 NW | Monroe

The kid-friendly sweetness of Oreos meets the grownup taste of coffee in this unique flavor that's a fan favorite. Get your scoop in a waffle cone, bowl, or heck, go nuts and get it sundae style!

Click here to see deals for Bruster's Real Ice Cream starting at $12.


10. Smoked Chicken Wings at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

1238 DeKalb Ave NE | Candler Park

Consistently ranked one of the single best barbecue spots in Atlanta by everyone from Thrillist to Zagat, Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q has a lot of flavor to offer. But the can't-miss cheap eat on their menu is definitely the smoked wings, which have a hickory flavor and are tossed in their housemade barbecue sauce. Nab six of those juicy suckers for just 6 bucks.