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Best meals on a budget in the Midwest



Eli’s BBQ (Cincinnati, OH); Photo by Yelper Cindy G.

In this round up, you’ll find made-from-scratch falafel, Russian dumplings, and the juiciest fried chicken, all for less than $15. When you don’t feel like spending a ton and you need something tasty, here are the best meals on a budget in the Midwest.

Methodology: This is an all-time list of the top budget-friendly eats in the Midwest according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the restaurant and food categories on Yelp with a large concentration of reviews mentioning “cheap” “affordable” and “budget friendly,” then ranked those spots using a number of factors, including the total volume and ratings of reviews mentioning “cheap” “affordable” and “budget friendly.” This list looked at businesses in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. All businesses were marked open on Yelp as of February 4, 2022. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of February 4, 2022.

oasis

Iowa

La Regia Taqueria (Iowa City)

Oasis Falafel (Iowa City)

Tacos Mariana’s (Des Moines)

High Life Lounge (Des Moines)

La Juanita Restaurant (Sioux City)

subs

Illinois

eagle

Indiana

Yats (Indianapolis)

Savage’s Ale House (Muncie)

Sushi Don (Lafayette)

The Eagle (Indianapolis)

One World Market (Indianapolis)

king

Michigan

Noble Fish (Clawson)

Tmaz Taqueria (Ann Arbor)

Green Dot Stables (Detroit)

Shawarma King (Kalamazoo)

Taco Tienda Mexicana (Madison Heights)

geg

Missouri

Blues City Deli (Saint Louis)

Vietnam Cafe (Kansas City)

Seoul Taco (Saint Louis)

Southwest Diner (Saint Louis)

La Tejana Taqueria (Bridgeton)

viet

Minnesota

El Taco Riendo (Minneapolis)

Hard Times Café (Minneapolis)

Momo Sushi (Minneapolis)

Black Sea Restaurant (Saint Paul)

Lu’s Sandwiches (Minneapolis)

pollo

Kansas

Bonito Michoacan (Olathe)

Sang Sang Asian Express (Shawnee Mission)

El Pollo Rey (Kansas City)

El Camino Real (Kansas City)

El Fogon (Overland Park)

taqu

Nebraska

boaz

Ohio

Eli’s BBQ – Riverside (Cincinnati)

The Eagle (Cincinnati)

Thai Express (Cincinnati)

Boaz Cafe (Cleveland)

Los Guachos Taqueria (Columbus)

momo

South Dakota

Tally’s Silver Spoon (Rapid City)

Taphouse 41 (Sioux Falls)

El Columpio (Mitchell)

Lam’s Vietnamese Restaurant (Sioux Falls)

Kathmandu Bistro (Rapid City)

pelm

Wisconsin

Paul’s Pel’meni (Madison)

Bagels Forever (Madison)

Lakefront Brewery (Milwaukee)

Oscar’s Pub & Grill (Milwaukee)

St. Paul Fish Company (Milwaukee)

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