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Whether for business or pleasure, lunch in Atlanta doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, there are several options for less than $10. 

Let’s Save

Think the only way to cut down on the cost is to bring it in a brown bag, find a fast food value menu of regret or just skip it altogether? Think again Atlantans. Our fair city has tons of midday grub options at affordable prices and they don’t involve a drive through. With a few simple tricks and a little research, the indulgence of restaurants doesn’t have to be a drain on your wallet. You can save money without sacrificing the experience by knowing where to go:

  • Join the club. Many places have loyalty or punch card programs, and if you are eating out a lot, these can add up quickly and you could score three or four free lunches every month. 
  • Split the difference. With large portions, à la carte add-ons and combo specials all over the place, whether you’re dining with a co-worker or a date, look at the menu together and see if there are some menu items that you want to team up on, or even literally split down the middle. 
  • Make it special. Many places have weekly specials, some every day of the week. Some will even offer a two-for-one option, so keep an eye out and plan your lunch dates accordingly.

Let’s Eat

Check out this list of area favorites for an affordable lunch and see if your favorite spot made the cut.

Hobnob Neighborhood Tavern
1551 Piedmont Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 968-2288

During the week, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hobnob has five different options on its $10 lunch menu. All choices include a soda in addition to the meal. Choose from a grilled chicken sandwich, a Piedmont burger, a Stromboli special or a pizza special, or stay on the healthy side with a salad. During warmer weather, everyone loves sitting outside on Hobnob’s terrace while watching the Piedmont traffic go by. Any time of year, this conveniently located spot is a comfy, easy place to chow down.

Farm Burger
410 W. Ponce De Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 378-5077

Farm Burger’s hamburgers are increasingly popular around town, although you may want to ask for yours to be prepared well done, as they tend to be a bit on the rare side. Still, you can’t beat the price, as a burger, fries and drink combo is available at lunchtime for only $8.50. Furthermore, Farm Burger also has a daily lunch special for $10, which varies. Of course, you will be tempted by the ice cream treats, but you can have a full meal for under $10, certainly.

Las Brasas
310 E. Howard Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-9121

Decatur is one of the best parts of town to treat yourself to a delicious meal on a budget. Locals rave about the rotisserie chicken at Las Brasas. For only $6.99, you can get 1/4 chicken, with a side and a can of soda – not bad, right? There are plenty of other inexpensive options at this Peruvian-style chicken joint, and it even delivers for free!

Quoc Huong
5150 Buford Highway N.E.
Doraville, GA 30340
(770) 936-0605

Of course, no article on inexpensive food in Atlanta is complete without a shout-out to Buford Highway’s international foods sector. Quoc Huong is a tiny Vietnamese restaurant where you can dine like royalty for well under $10. Banh mi is just $3, and an avocado shake with tapioca will set you back $4. Be aware that it is cash only and closed on Thursdays, so plan accordingly. Locals come back year after year to this budget-friendly favorite.

Mediterranean Grill
985 Monroe Drive N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 917-1100

How does $7.60 sound for a great lunch? All three locations in Atlanta of this Middle Eastern restaurant offer the business lunch special at this price. During the week, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can nosh on a kabob, gyro slices, rice pilaf, a salad and a drink for under $10. Even if you’re not generally a fan of this type of cuisine, this inexpensive restaurant may convert you. There are plenty of inexpensive options on the regular menu as well.

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Keely Herrick is a freelance writer. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.