Getting your money worth at a restaurant usually means sacrificing on the quality of your experience. In Dallas, we found that not only are the hats and hair big – but the selection of budget friendly restaurants is too. What is most impressive is that at any of our top four choices for cheap eats in Dallas, you will discover the food is made fresh, from scratch, and the portions are sizable for the price. Keep your pursuit for love by trying out our top picks for first date restaurants.
1. Blue Mesa Grill
Local-sourced restaurants are taking the country by storm. Too often, that also means that you are going to pay a pretty penny for your entrée. However, at Blue Mesa Grill, you can enjoy the all-you-can-eat-buffet for a mere $11 per person. This option is available Wednesdays between 11AM and 2PM only. On the buffet you will find hand-rolled tortillas, enchiladas, local farm raised chicken, goat cheese, and much more. The menu contains ingredients for over two dozen different local farms and producers.
Location: 7700 W Northwest Highway
Authentic Italian is easy to find in the great city of Dallas but few can top the offering at upscale Villa-O. This establishment runs a special every Sunday where patrons can enjoy an authentic three-course dinner for $15.95 per person. Whether you opt for the almond biscotti dessert or choose one of the entrees prepared with handmade organic pasta, you will enjoy large portions that are easy on your budget. Even better – if you have children, they eat free.
Location: 4514 Travis St #132
3. Madras Pavilion
Looking for a vegetarian friendly lunch buffet that is out of this world? Stop by Madras Pavilion to enjoy their high-end, kosher Indian specialties for only $10 per person. The establishment specializes in authentic southern Indian foods such as samosas, dosai, lentil crepes, and curries.
Location: 101 South Coit Road #359
4. Fishmonger’s Seafood
For the average diner, a seafood dinner might be enough to really break the bank. With prices around Dallas averaging $35+ per entrée, we were happy to find Fishmonger’s to be an affordable solution. Every Tuesday after 4PM guests can dine on all-you-can-eat tilapia or they can opt for all-you-can-eat catfish on Sunday’s and after 4PM on Wednesdays. The price point for these meals? Only $12 per person. Each entrée also includes coleslaw or salad, red beans and rice, and French fries.
Location: 1901 North Central Expressway