10 spots for Cheap Eats

Camp Taco

Camp Taco

Why settle for Taco Bell when this place exists? There are a wide variety of filling choices for the tasty tacos and burritos at the quick and inexpensive 5 Points spot. Try the chicken with white sauce or flatiron steak with blue cheese

Tip Top Grill

At this Bluff Park joint, you can score a fully-loaded hot dog for less than two bucks, and then eat it while enjoying one of the area’s best views, perched on the edge of Shades Mountain. The burgers—nice and greasy—are almost as cheap as the dogs.

588 Shades Crest Rd., Hoover

205-978-8677and house-made steak sauce. 1017 20th St. S; 205-930-1915

Chop Suey Inn

The setting is no-frills (you’re probably better off carrying out than eating in), but this Greensprings gem makes the best egg rolls in town. Old-school Chinese favorites like fried rice, egg foo young and, yes, chop suey are all worth a try, and the lunch specials are all under $6.

813 Greensprings Hwy.; 205-942-9782

Chicago Mike’s

This Homewood shack is only open for lunch on weekdays, so make plans to come by on a break from work. The massive burgers—$4 for a double—and all-beef kosher dogs—$2.50 apiece—keep a steady stream of hungry folks cycling in and out.

2701 18th St. S, Homewood


Gus’s Hot Dogs

Hidden in plain site on the menu of this Crestline Village establishment is a great Philly cheesesteak you can get for less than five bucks. But if you’re more of a traditionalist, the chili or special dogs can’t be beat for taste or price, either.

71 Church St., Mountain Brook



Irondale’s best Chinese restaurant gives every other in town a run for its money without being more expensive. Any of the dinner entrees will feed two easily, and most are less than $12.

4500 Montevallo Rd. Suite 103B, Irondale; 205-951-3168

Giuseppe’s Café & Espresso Bar

Eating at this Gable Square restaurant is like stepping into somebody’s nonna’s kitchen. Huge portions of red sauce-covered Southern Italian classics like lasagna and baked ziti are less than $10, as are the massive calzones. For lunch, try a delicious meatball sub.

925 8th St. S; 205-324-2626

Big Blue Bagel & Deli

If you went to Auburn, you surely have good memories of this deli-cum-bar, and it’s now opened a location in Birmingham. The house-made bagels are tasty by themselves or as the base of a sandwich, and it’s open from breakfast until late-night bar trivia and live music.

1101 Dunston Ave.; 205-983-7681

Demetri’s BBQ

The downtown Homewood staple celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and it’s not hard to imagine the menu being the same now as it was back then. A sandwich of tasty smoked meat is just $3.80, but the best deal is probably the Cold Day Combo, a toasty grilled-cheese sandwich paired with a big bowl of the magnificent house chili for $5.60.

1901 28th Ave. S, Homewood;


Lyric Hot Dogs and Grill

The theater it’s named for may be long gone, but this downtown gem is the perfect place to sate your hunger. It serves everything from cheesesteaks to omelets to salads, all of them for less than $8. While you’re there, grab an order of cheese fries. You won’t regret it.

1808 3rd Ave. N; 205-251-9952;

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