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Where to Find Fantastic Budget-Friendly Fare in Nashville

It is possible to spend less and still eat well in Music City

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Nashville has plenty of restaurants where diners can spend a pretty penny for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can throw a rock and easily strike a handful of burgers priced well over 15 bucks a pop (and at least one bachelorette party), but everyday diners beg for more budget-friendly options around town. From tantalizing tacos to best bang-for-your-buck burgers, here are 21 of Nashville’s best bets for cheap meals out.

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1. VN Pho & Deli

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5906 Charlotte Pike
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 356-5995

The expanded West Nashville favorite serves piping hot bowls of pho with round-eye steak starting at $6.95. After expanding, VN also started offering Asian sweet buns for sale daily — with flavors like taro moon cake, egg custard, and red bean for the taking any time of day.

2. Daddy's Dogs

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5205 Centennial Blvd
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 802-8481
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Eat gussied up gourmet hot dogs or stick to the good old original, all priced from $6-$8. Add on tater tots or a Miller High Life for $3 more and make it a meal.

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3. Hugh-Baby's

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4816 Charlotte Ave
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 610-3340
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Pitmaster Pat Martin’s popular fast food spot now has four locations — and while they all don’t have a drive-thru and a playground — they do share the same menu. Choose from burgers, slaw dogs, or chile cheese fries and a shake, with nothing priced above $7.99.

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4. Taqueria del Sol

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4500 Charlotte Ave
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 490-3129
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If you avoid ordering a drink, one of the city’s best cheap eats — a cheese enchilada with pork green chili sauce — runs just $4.39 plus tax. Pair it with turnip greens on the side for $2.99 more.

5. Greek Cafe Grill

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4004 Hillsboro Pike #100r
Nashville, TN 37215
(615) 972-1247
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With gyro wraps priced at $6.59 and mixed grill platters at $9.78, the little strip mall Greek joint offers much-needed relief for wallets in Green Hills.

Greek Cafe Grill gyro wrap Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

6. Brown's Diner

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2102 Blair Blvd
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 269-5509
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There’s no place quite like Brown’s diner anymore in this town. Now under new ownership, the classic still rocks a solid cheeseburger, which costs $5.50. A local institution since 1927, this Hillsboro Village watering hole, boasting “Nashville’s oldest beer license,” draws patrons from all walks of life for their quintessential dive burgers and old Music City charm.

7. San Antonio Taco Co.

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416 21st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 327-4322
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Casual Tex-Mex is the name of the game at Midtown’s stalwart, known to most as Satco. Long-time locals and many visiting chefs love the $1.79 bean and cheese tacos and the fan-favorite $5.49 chips and queso.

Satco queso, taco, and enchilada Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

8. Cook Out

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1807 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203
(866) 547-0011
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This fast-food drive-thru chain is a popular late-night decision among longtime locals. Find everything from corn dogs, quesadillas, burgers, and milkshakes all less than $5 a pop.

9. Big Al's Deli

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1828 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 242-8118
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The small Salemtown space is a high-ranking destination among locals for breakfast and lunch. Opening at 6 a.m. during the week, he serves up classic morning meal items like pancakes, biscuits with gravy, and a big breakfast plate all priced below $7.

10. Robert's Western World

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416 Broadway B
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 244-9552
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Does it get any more Nashville than the recession special at one of Broadway’s old-school last stands? Yes, it’s certainly more bar than restaurant, but the fried bologna sandwich with an ice-cold PBR and chips (the “recession special” is priced at $6) has become an iconic Nashville meal. Most everything else on the menu runs less than $7 — a deal for anyone looking to stuff their face in the middle of a Broadway bar crawl.

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11. Fat Mo's

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2620 8th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 298-1111
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Iranian immigrant Mohammad “Mo” Karimy was thinking drive-through diner rather than local fast-food empire when he and wife Shiva opened the first of their many Nashville-area Fat Mo’s hamburger joints on Franklin Pike in 1991. Everything here is cooked to order, and prices are more than approachable, with almost everything on the menu below $8.

12. Gabby's Burgers & Fries

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493 Humphreys St
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 733-3119
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Sometimes a burger and fries can cost as much as $24 in new Nashville. Gabby’s is here for the every man, thankfully, with its well-loved single-patty burgers starting at $7.49.

13. Baja Burrito

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722 Thompson Ln
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 383-2252
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At the Nashville-based favorite fast-casual Mexican spot in Berry Hill, burritos run around $6, and diners can also snag a basket of three tacos for six bucks and some change.

Chips, queso, and salsa at Baja Burrito Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

14. Mas Tacos Por Favor

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732 Mcferrin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 543-6271
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One of Nashville’s very first food trucks, Mas Tacos took its success and parlayed it into a wildly popular brick and mortar mainstay in East Nashville. The restaurant has been packing in crowds ever since with affordable taco creations and some of the best soups in the city.

Elote, taco, margarita at Mas Tacos Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

15. InterAsian Market & Deli

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2160 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 742-3268
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A roasted pork bánh mì with double meat rings up for $4.81 at the favorite international market on Nolensville Pike.

16. Five Points Pizza East

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1012 Woodland St
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 915-4174
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A slice of their New York-style pepperoni pizza is just $3.75, so just tack on a half-order of those garlic knots for $4 more and still escape spending less than 10 bucks.

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17. I Dream Of Weenie

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113 S 11th St
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 226-2622
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East Nashville’s cute little vintage-VW-bus-turned-hotdog-stand churns out affordable prices in addition to festive hot dogs with inventive toppings. The mac and cheese topped weenie rings up at $4.75.

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18. Dino’s

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411 Gallatin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 227-8998
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All items on the kitchen menu at this East Nashville dive bar range from $3 to $10, including a Porter Road cheesesteak and its take on hot chicken. Ten bucks buys a burger, fries, and a 7-ounce Miller High Life pony.

19. Taqueria San Luis

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2624 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 254-1010

Load up with a trio of tacos filled with chorizo, lengua, or barbacoa for less than $5 here, or grab a $6.50 burrito stuffed with tripa or cabeza.

20. Pupuseria Reina La Bendición

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3003 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 243-8425
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The Nolensville Road pupusa purveyor also offers $5 empanadas, $6 burritos, and $6 tortas filled with meat or beans, lettuce, and tomato. Namesake pupusas start at $2.25 a pop.

21. Tex's World Famous Bar-B-Q

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1013 Foster Ave
Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 254-8715
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A barbecue sandwich at the longtime barbecue destination runs less than $5, and a “lite lunch” platter loaded up with sides rings up at $7.95.

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1. VN Pho & Deli

5906 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209

The expanded West Nashville favorite serves piping hot bowls of pho with round-eye steak starting at $6.95. After expanding, VN also started offering Asian sweet buns for sale daily — with flavors like taro moon cake, egg custard, and red bean for the taking any time of day.

5906 Charlotte Pike
Nashville, TN 37209

2. Daddy's Dogs

5205 Centennial Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209
Rebecca Ward/Daddy’s Dogs

Eat gussied up gourmet hot dogs or stick to the good old original, all priced from $6-$8. Add on tater tots or a Miller High Life for $3 more and make it a meal.

5205 Centennial Blvd
Nashville, TN 37209

3. Hugh-Baby's

4816 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209
Hugh-Baby’s [Official Photo]

Pitmaster Pat Martin’s popular fast food spot now has four locations — and while they all don’t have a drive-thru and a playground — they do share the same menu. Choose from burgers, slaw dogs, or chile cheese fries and a shake, with nothing priced above $7.99.

4816 Charlotte Ave
Nashville, TN 37209

4. Taqueria del Sol

4500 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209

If you avoid ordering a drink, one of the city’s best cheap eats — a cheese enchilada with pork green chili sauce — runs just $4.39 plus tax. Pair it with turnip greens on the side for $2.99 more.

4500 Charlotte Ave
Nashville, TN 37209

5. Greek Cafe Grill

4004 Hillsboro Pike #100r, Nashville, TN 37215
Greek Cafe Grill gyro wrap Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

With gyro wraps priced at $6.59 and mixed grill platters at $9.78, the little strip mall Greek joint offers much-needed relief for wallets in Green Hills.

4004 Hillsboro Pike #100r
Nashville, TN 37215

6. Brown's Diner

2102 Blair Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212

There’s no place quite like Brown’s diner anymore in this town. Now under new ownership, the classic still rocks a solid cheeseburger, which costs $5.50. A local institution since 1927, this Hillsboro Village watering hole, boasting “Nashville’s oldest beer license,” draws patrons from all walks of life for their quintessential dive burgers and old Music City charm.

2102 Blair Blvd
Nashville, TN 37212

7. San Antonio Taco Co.

416 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Satco queso, taco, and enchilada Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

Casual Tex-Mex is the name of the game at Midtown’s stalwart, known to most as Satco. Long-time locals and many visiting chefs love the $1.79 bean and cheese tacos and the fan-favorite $5.49 chips and queso.

416 21st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

8. Cook Out

1807 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

This fast-food drive-thru chain is a popular late-night decision among longtime locals. Find everything from corn dogs, quesadillas, burgers, and milkshakes all less than $5 a pop.

1807 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203

9. Big Al's Deli

1828 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208

The small Salemtown space is a high-ranking destination among locals for breakfast and lunch. Opening at 6 a.m. during the week, he serves up classic morning meal items like pancakes, biscuits with gravy, and a big breakfast plate all priced below $7.

1828 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

10. Robert's Western World

416 Broadway B, Nashville, TN 37203
recession special robert’s Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

Does it get any more Nashville than the recession special at one of Broadway’s old-school last stands? Yes, it’s certainly more bar than restaurant, but the fried bologna sandwich with an ice-cold PBR and chips (the “recession special” is priced at $6) has become an iconic Nashville meal. Most everything else on the menu runs less than $7 — a deal for anyone looking to stuff their face in the middle of a Broadway bar crawl.

416 Broadway B
Nashville, TN 37203

11. Fat Mo's

2620 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204

Iranian immigrant Mohammad “Mo” Karimy was thinking drive-through diner rather than local fast-food empire when he and wife Shiva opened the first of their many Nashville-area Fat Mo’s hamburger joints on Franklin Pike in 1991. Everything here is cooked to order, and prices are more than approachable, with almost everything on the menu below $8.

2620 8th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204

12. Gabby's Burgers & Fries

493 Humphreys St, Nashville, TN 37203

Sometimes a burger and fries can cost as much as $24 in new Nashville. Gabby’s is here for the every man, thankfully, with its well-loved single-patty burgers starting at $7.49.

493 Humphreys St
Nashville, TN 37203

13. Baja Burrito

722 Thompson Ln, Nashville, TN 37204
Chips, queso, and salsa at Baja Burrito Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

At the Nashville-based favorite fast-casual Mexican spot in Berry Hill, burritos run around $6, and diners can also snag a basket of three tacos for six bucks and some change.

722 Thompson Ln
Nashville, TN 37204

14. Mas Tacos Por Favor

732 Mcferrin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Elote, taco, margarita at Mas Tacos Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

One of Nashville’s very first food trucks, Mas Tacos took its success and parlayed it into a wildly popular brick and mortar mainstay in East Nashville. The restaurant has been packing in crowds ever since with affordable taco creations and some of the best soups in the city.

732 Mcferrin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206

15. InterAsian Market & Deli

2160 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211

A roasted pork bánh mì with double meat rings up for $4.81 at the favorite international market on Nolensville Pike.

2160 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211

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16. Five Points Pizza East

1012 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206
Five Points Pizza slices Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

A slice of their New York-style pepperoni pizza is just $3.75, so just tack on a half-order of those garlic knots for $4 more and still escape spending less than 10 bucks.

1012 Woodland St
Nashville, TN 37206

17. I Dream Of Weenie

113 S 11th St, Nashville, TN 37206
Hot dog sampler
Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

East Nashville’s cute little vintage-VW-bus-turned-hotdog-stand churns out affordable prices in addition to festive hot dogs with inventive toppings. The mac and cheese topped weenie rings up at $4.75.

113 S 11th St
Nashville, TN 37206

18. Dino’s

411 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206

All items on the kitchen menu at this East Nashville dive bar range from $3 to $10, including a Porter Road cheesesteak and its take on hot chicken. Ten bucks buys a burger, fries, and a 7-ounce Miller High Life pony.

411 Gallatin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206

19. Taqueria San Luis

2624 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211

Load up with a trio of tacos filled with chorizo, lengua, or barbacoa for less than $5 here, or grab a $6.50 burrito stuffed with tripa or cabeza.

2624 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211

20. Pupuseria Reina La Bendición

3003 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211

The Nolensville Road pupusa purveyor also offers $5 empanadas, $6 burritos, and $6 tortas filled with meat or beans, lettuce, and tomato. Namesake pupusas start at $2.25 a pop.

3003 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211

21. Tex's World Famous Bar-B-Q

1013 Foster Ave, Nashville, TN 37210
Tex’s/Facebook

A barbecue sandwich at the longtime barbecue destination runs less than $5, and a “lite lunch” platter loaded up with sides rings up at $7.95.

1013 Foster Ave
Nashville, TN 37210

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