Food & Drink

The 15 Best Dallas Foods Under $10

Published On 06/30/2015 Published On 06/30/2015
Zoli's 
Angela Grice
Jimmy's Food Story
Monkey King
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Cheesesteak House
Great American Hero
Pho Bang
Herrera's
Fuel City
Come Taco
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1. Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern 202 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208

Founded as a rebuttal to fancypants pizza places like Il Cane Rosso, Zoli's serves up authentic NY-style slices in a no-frills storefront with a butt-kickin' back patio.

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2. Keller's Drive-In 6537 E Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75231 (Northeast Dallas)

In true 1950s fashion, Keller's serves up everything from it's short menu to the comfort of your driver's seat for no more than a few bucks. One doesn't come here for variety or to be met with many options -- everyone walks away with some variation of meat on their signature poppyseed bun. Beef, chicken or ham is chosen, and from there's it's all a matter of piling it up with cheese, bacon, and sauces.

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3. Jimmy's Food Store 4901 Bryan St, Dallas, TX 75206 (East Dallas)

This Dallas mainstay is the go-to local spot for all-things-Italian. Founded in 1996, the specialty food store has been a family-owned crowd favorite for over 50 years. Daily, the staff hand-rolls meatballs and bakes Italian sweets (with old, family recipes, of course) in the back of the shop, while in front, they help patrons select gourmet groceries and bottles from their carefully curated Italian wine selection. Locals can order hefty, fresh sandwiches at the counter, sample house-made olives, and shop for everything from imported balsamic vinegars, to handmade pastas. The imported cheese and meat selections are expansive, the antipasti bar is stuffed, and in true Italian fashion, dollar espresso shots are available all day. And while the folks at Jimmy's offer wine tastings on Saturdays, the wine room tucked behind the store is open to guests all week.

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4. Monkey King Noodle Company 3014 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226 (Deep Ellum)

From a dude who savored on the streets of Taipei and northern China, plus trained with a noodle master in NYC, all before getting his noodle restaurant on, MKNC promises both legit ass noodles, but also a show: the guy pulls noods in the kitchen window, rolling, kneading, slapping, and stretching wheat-and-water dough into those guys you're about to slurp up.

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5. Luscher's 2653 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226 (Deep Ellum)

Deep Ellum’s Luscher’s Red Hots is slinging gourmet, Chicago-style dogs with a slight Texas twist. The Post Oak Red Hot is a tribute to Chicago’s dog scene, with a pork and beef frank, poppy seed bun, brown mustard, pickle relish, onions, tomatoes, and sport pepper. But Luscher’s doesn’t discriminate in its meat repertoire; sandwiches and burgers highlight attention to lamb, “eye-talian” beef, fish, chicken, and bratwurst. If you are one of those meat-free folks, give the Tex Cobb salad a shot. Counter service and a laidback atmosphere allow for some much-desired alone time between you and your feast.

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6. Hypnotic Donuts 9007 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218 (East Dallas)

Artisanal donuts and chicken biscuits pair together perfectly as this strip-mall style spot. Stop in for unique, doughy creations like the Evil Elvis or Bavarian the Barbarian.

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7. Cheesesteak House 2015 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208

This place is a meat mecca, serving up succulent steak on a fresh, soft bun drenched in meat drippings. Go crazy and throw some bacon, jalapeños or chipotle mayo on top, but prepare for a full stomach and a new sandwich addiction.

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8. Great American Hero 4001 Lemmon Ave, Dallas, TX 75219 (Oak Lawn)

This shop is a Dallas gem and has been around for over forty years. There’s reason for that... let’s just say it’s in the details. Details like using Farmers Market-fresh produce, healthy ingredients, the best pickles in town (not kidding), freshly squeezed limeade & lemonade, a pet-friendly patio, and even the convenience of a drive-thru. And if you’re a first-timer, you’ll get a free cup of fruit. Order the #28 -- a Cuban panini (grilled) with roasted pork, baked ham, turkey, cappacoli, Swiss cheese, spices, sliced Dill pickles, and grain Dijon mustard.

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9. Herrera's 3311 Sylvan Ave, Dallas, TX 75212 (Oak Lawn)

Herrera's is so good, it was even featured in National Geographic in the 1980s, yes, really. Why? Herrera’s made and still makes kick-ass Tex-Mex. The original location was housed in a 1930s adobe building and was BYOB, which resulted in lines wrapped around the door and some interesting stories. Today, they’ve moved across the street, and while there's no BYOB, they still serve up the same excellent food that put them on the map, literally.

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10. Fuel City 801 S Riverfront Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207 (Downtown)

If you need to wash your car, fill up on gas, buy some beer, and find some delicious street tacos, but you only have time to make one stop -- almost unbelievably, Fuel City has you covered.

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11. El Come Taco 2513 N Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75204 (East Dallas)

El Come Taco focuses on simply prepared street tacos made with corn tortillas and filled with brisket, sirloin, or if you're craving a crunch, crispy grasshopper. The add-ons are minimal (most tacos are topped with nothing more than cilantro and chopped onion), letting the juiciness of the meat and the grainy texture of the tortillas speak for themselves.

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12. Latin Deli 5844 Abrams Rd, Dallas, TX 75243 (Northeast Dallas)

Serving up sammies with Latin flavors and locally-sourced ingredients, Latin Deli offers coffee, sweets, and more as takeout from their digs on Abrams.

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13. Pho Bang Village Plaza Shopping Center, 3565 W Walnut St, Dallas, TX 75042

The pho served here is authentic and delicious. Eye of round, brisket, tendon, omosa and all the traditional vegetables swim in flavorful, fresh and beefy broth. The price is right at $5.00 for a regular bowl and $5.50 for a large bowl. Spice up yours with a bit of sriracha.

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14. Crushcraft Thai Street Eats 2800 Routh St Ste 150, Dallas, TX 75201 (Uptown)

This stylish thai restaurant is exactly what it needs to be: authentic street food gone gourmet meets Texas grit. Both bohemian and industrial, diners sit under a corrugated metal roof and colorful streamers, Bangkok license plates, subway tiles, and exposed wood. With such an extensive menu you might have trouble picking between the Gaang (coconut milk-based curries), Phat (wok-fried noodles and rice), and Kap Khao (rice dishes), but we crave the OG Phat Thai (chicken and tofu served over rice noodles and bean sprouts with veggies and a toasted peanut topping). Sip on imported Thai beer or a rotating local craft brew while you anxiously wait for your flavor-packed bowl goodies.

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15. Cesar's Tacos 2919 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75211

This simple, no-fuss setting with only a few seats serves authentic Mexican street food around the clock. Swing by and grab one of their gorditas (a crispy small cake stuffed with meat and cheese), fajitas, or anything al pastor. The hot sauce is incredibly on point, too, so be sure to use it.