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5 Cheap Eats in Memphis

Delicious Meals for Under $15

We know the feeling. Your wallet is bare, but your stomach is growling (like a bear). In New York and Los Angeles, you’d be hard pressed to find a table, let alone a deal at breakfast, lunch or dinner. In Memphis, we’ve got some of the cheapest and wholesome restaurants around. Follow below with our roster of supreme deliciousness at modest prices.  

1. Bleu Restaurant and Lounge

Located in the heart of the Beale Street Entertainment District and across the street from the FedEx Forum, Bleu chef, Robert Nam Cirillo, is a master at taking local ingredients and combining them with New England seafood favorites.  If you want cheap, go to Bleu for lunch, the chef’s daily special is a mere $11 which includes tax and iced tea.

2. Earnestine & Hazel's

It may be the best dive bar in America. Pick a tune on the legendary jukebox and grab a seat at the bar. The menue is short. One item actually. But you won't be disapointed with the Soul Burgers at Earnestine and Hazel's. They come just one way: with onions and mustard (cheese is optional) and for $5, they can't be beat.

3. Coletta’s Italian Restaurant

The original BBQ pizza was born at Coletta’s.  Spanning 5 generations, the folks at Coletta’s still make everything homemade – sauces, lasagna, ravioli, manicotti and more. Give Coletta’s a try every Monday through Friday for lunch and you’re bound to get a bargain - the 6” pizza, lasagna or spaghetti special plus salad and a drink for a measly $7.

4. Pho Hoa Binh

The buffet at Pho Hoa Binh is a Vietnamese vegetarian’s dream. Go back for seconds on the yummy lemongrass tofu, curry and vegetables. Meat eaters will revel in flavor with tasty chicken and beef dishes. The peacemaker comes in the middle with a choice of two soups and a fruit and salad bar. It’s not all that fancy, but if you’re broke and hungry, it’s perfect. $6.  

5. Food Trucks

Memphis food trucks have been sprouting up all over the city for the past year. You can find them posted up in downtown near Court Square during the weekday lunch rush or on Broad Avenue for the Food Truck Rodeo each weekend. Try bison tacos at Fuel Food Truck for less than $8 or try the famous sushi burrito (you heard us) from Sushi Jimmie. For all your go-to guide for all theings Food trucks check out the I Love Memphis Blog

We could go on for days about all the cheap (and good) restaurants in Memphis. Follow the up-to-date list from I Love Memphis Blog