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Cheap Eats: Nine Wallet-Friendly Meals in Seattle

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[Clockwise: Cafe Racer, Marination Ma Kai, Pike St. Fish Fry, Hattie's Hat]


Hole-in-the-pants pocket leaking change? On a student budget, or just like a good deal? Going out to eat can add up fast, but Eater has you covered with a handy map of nine restaurants where you can be fabulously frugal. From fish and chips and lo mein to bagel sandwiches, all of these square meals are under $10.
—Jake Uitti

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Chili's Deli

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5002 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 526-9392
Two samosas for $3.66, masala dosa (wrapped with spiced potato and onion served with chutneys) for $7.99, and pan-fried tilapia fish in homemade batter for $8.99: this U-District location has plenty of options to get your full, spiced up, and back in the world with money to burn.
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2. Hattie's Hat Restaurant

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5231 Ballard Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 784-0175
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Hattie’s is good at all hours of the day, but we recommend brunch. $6.50 for biscuits and gravy ($3.50 for a half order) or $10 for the Chang’s Migas (peppers, onions, tomatoes, Serrano chiles, and cheddar scrambled eggs with a fried corn tortilla.) This cozy spot will satisfy.
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3. Italian Family Pizza

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1206 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 538-0040
Giant pizzas that could serve a family of four or an army of 400, this East Coast-inspired spot on 1st will whet your appetite. A large pie is $22, but it is easily split between three people–that’s less than $7.50 each for a trio of full bellies.
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4. Marination Ma Kai

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1660 Harbor Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98127
$2.50 tacos or sliders or the $6.00 out-of-this-world kimchi fried rice is the ticket. There are a number of options to end your hunger cravings at this Hawaiian-inspired restaurant, and with locations in West Seattle and Capitol Hill, options abound.
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5. Oliver's Twist

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6822 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 706-6673
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Sometimes you have to give a little on the decor when you want to eat cheap. That’s not the case with this charming Phinney bar (or at its new Magnolia outpost.) Oliver’s Twist offers a $9 amazing grilled cheese sandwich with a tomato cappuccino. If you haven’t had this at least once in your life, you’re missing out.
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6. Paseo Caribbean Restaurant

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4225 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 545-7440
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Okay, there’s most likely going to be a line, but Paseo really is worth it. This sandwich hub might have the best food in town–and they know it, confidently disallowing any removals or substitutions. Try the $8.50 chicken breast sandwich or the tofu delight.
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7. Pike Street Fish Fry

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925 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 329-7453
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This may already be your go-to when it comes to tasty, budget-friendly meals: Try their catfish and chips for just $8, lick your fingers clean and go home satisfied with two bucks from your Alexander Hamilton to spare.
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8. Cafe Racer

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5828 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 523-5282
Café Racer, with its Obama room of art, arcade games, and acoustic guitars, also offers an affordable menu, including $5 hot dogs, $8.95 chili dogs, $7.95 burgers, and an incredible $5.50 breakfast burrito—they keep some wrapped up and ready to go during all business hours. Plus, tater tots.
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9. Tai Tung Restaurant

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655 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-7372
Chinese comfort food at its best, Tai Tung has all the staples (fried rice plates for $5.95 and lo mein with oyster sauce for $4.25,) plus Chinese-style steak for $8.95, deep fried shrimp for $9.25, and squid with ginger for $8.75.
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1. Chili's Deli

5002 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Two samosas for $3.66, masala dosa (wrapped with spiced potato and onion served with chutneys) for $7.99, and pan-fried tilapia fish in homemade batter for $8.99: this U-District location has plenty of options to get your full, spiced up, and back in the world with money to burn.
[Photo Credit: Larifa F./Yelp]
5002 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

2. Hattie's Hat Restaurant

5231 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Hattie’s is good at all hours of the day, but we recommend brunch. $6.50 for biscuits and gravy ($3.50 for a half order) or $10 for the Chang’s Migas (peppers, onions, tomatoes, Serrano chiles, and cheddar scrambled eggs with a fried corn tortilla.) This cozy spot will satisfy.
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5231 Ballard Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107

3. Italian Family Pizza

1206 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Giant pizzas that could serve a family of four or an army of 400, this East Coast-inspired spot on 1st will whet your appetite. A large pie is $22, but it is easily split between three people–that’s less than $7.50 each for a trio of full bellies.
[Photo Credit: Italian Family Pizza/Facebook]
1206 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

4. Marination Ma Kai

1660 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98127
$2.50 tacos or sliders or the $6.00 out-of-this-world kimchi fried rice is the ticket. There are a number of options to end your hunger cravings at this Hawaiian-inspired restaurant, and with locations in West Seattle and Capitol Hill, options abound.
[Photo Credit]
1660 Harbor Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98127

5. Oliver's Twist

6822 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Sometimes you have to give a little on the decor when you want to eat cheap. That’s not the case with this charming Phinney bar (or at its new Magnolia outpost.) Oliver’s Twist offers a $9 amazing grilled cheese sandwich with a tomato cappuccino. If you haven’t had this at least once in your life, you’re missing out.
[Photo Credit: Oliver's Twist/Facebook]
6822 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

6. Paseo Caribbean Restaurant

4225 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Okay, there’s most likely going to be a line, but Paseo really is worth it. This sandwich hub might have the best food in town–and they know it, confidently disallowing any removals or substitutions. Try the $8.50 chicken breast sandwich or the tofu delight.
[Photo Credit: Paseo/Facebook]
4225 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

7. Pike Street Fish Fry

925 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
This may already be your go-to when it comes to tasty, budget-friendly meals: Try their catfish and chips for just $8, lick your fingers clean and go home satisfied with two bucks from your Alexander Hamilton to spare.
[Photo Credit: Pike St. Fish Fry]
925 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

8. Cafe Racer

5828 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Café Racer, with its Obama room of art, arcade games, and acoustic guitars, also offers an affordable menu, including $5 hot dogs, $8.95 chili dogs, $7.95 burgers, and an incredible $5.50 breakfast burrito—they keep some wrapped up and ready to go during all business hours. Plus, tater tots.
[Photo Credit]
5828 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

9. Tai Tung Restaurant

655 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104
Chinese comfort food at its best, Tai Tung has all the staples (fried rice plates for $5.95 and lo mein with oyster sauce for $4.25,) plus Chinese-style steak for $8.95, deep fried shrimp for $9.25, and squid with ginger for $8.75.
[Photo Credit: Patrick S./Yelp]
655 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104

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