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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
El Progreso #14 (Featured)

Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Eats (Featured)

Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Dish Dive (Permanently Closed)
Kirkwood's gem undoubtedly serves up the city's most innovative food at affordable prices. Here you'll find clever takes on comfort food dishes, like shakshuka made with stewed tomatoes, butternut squash, bell pepper, corn, and fried egg. The restaurant is small and bare bones (hence Dive) but they domore...
Kirkwood's gem undoubtedly serves up the city's most innovative food at affordable prices. Here you'll find clever takes on comfort food dishes, like shakshuka made with stewed tomatoes, butternut squash, bell pepper, corn, and fried egg. The restaurant is small and bare bones (hence Dive) but they do take reservations now which helps cut back on wait time. less...

Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Fellini's Pizza (7 ATL Locations) (Featured)

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Eats (Featured)

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
El Mexicano Restaurant (Permanently Closed)
Why do eastsiders and Tex-Mex lovers of all kinds heart EL MEXICANO? The unassuming neighborhood gem south of East Atlanta Village checks all the boxes needed for success. The menu here is mainly straightforward Mexican, but there are plenty of concessions to the American palate, like fajitas. For roughlymore...
Why do eastsiders and Tex-Mex lovers of all kinds heart EL MEXICANO? The unassuming neighborhood gem south of East Atlanta Village checks all the boxes needed for success. The menu here is mainly straightforward Mexican, but there are plenty of concessions to the American palate, like fajitas. For roughly $2 apiece, the street tacos made with corn tortillas and filled with the meat of your choice — try the juicy pork carnitas speckled with bits of crispy fat — are a steal. Make a meal of them or tack a few on to your appetizer order. Further exploration of the five-page menu reveals shockingly tender short ribs simmered in a chile de arbol sauce and an array of raw seafood cocktails, including a heaping shrimp ceviche drenched in lime juice. less...

Best value BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
La Mei Zi
On the left side of the well-loved strip mall that is Asian Square sits LA MEI ZI, a Modern Taiwanese restaurant that’s quietly serving up some great Chinese food. Taiwanese and Sichuan specialties abound, including mapo tofu, crispy fried chicken legs, colossal typhoon shelter prawns, and more. Servicemore...
On the left side of the well-loved strip mall that is Asian Square sits LA MEI ZI, a Modern Taiwanese restaurant that’s quietly serving up some great Chinese food. Taiwanese and Sichuan specialties abound, including mapo tofu, crispy fried chicken legs, colossal typhoon shelter prawns, and more. Service is quick and friendly and the English is plentiful so don’t be scurred to explore and try something new for lunch. less...

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Eats (Featured)

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
El Progreso #14 (Featured)

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Eats (Featured)

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
El Progreso #14 (Featured)

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Eats (Featured)

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
NaanStop (Featured)

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Eats (Featured)

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Eats (Featured)

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Eats (Featured)

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Eats (Featured)

Runner-up: Taqueria del Sol


2165 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-321-1118, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.taqueriadelsol.com.

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Lunacy Black Market (Permanently Closed)

Filthy Pick: Best recession dining deal BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Shaun's (Permanently Closed)
SHAUN'S RESTAURANT has been a favorite Inman Park hangout since it opened in 2007. But chef Shaun Doty's recent debut of his family-friendly Sunday night pasta dinners has lured droves of new customers and long-time regulars alike. For a mere $12, diners receive a three-course meal, which includes amore...
SHAUN'S RESTAURANT has been a favorite Inman Park hangout since it opened in 2007. But chef Shaun Doty's recent debut of his family-friendly Sunday night pasta dinners has lured droves of new customers and long-time regulars alike. For a mere $12, diners receive a three-course meal, which includes a family-style salad, a heaping portion of pasta from a handful of choices — the spaghetti and meatballs may be Atlanta's best — and a dessert. Affordable carafes of extremely drinkable wine selections are sold by the half-liter or liter. The rest of the menu is also available, but why bother when you can get such great food on the cheap? 1029 Edgewood Ave. 404-577-4358.[http://www.shaunsrestaurant.com| [[http://www.shaunsrestaurant.com]]. less...

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Eats

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Eats (Featured)

Runner-up
Taqueria del Sol
359 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-377-7668, www.taqueriadelsol.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Your DeKalb Farmers Market (Featured)
The setting, inside a no-frills alcove next to the freezer section, is less than ideal. But people don't come to the cafeteria at YOUR DEKALB FARMERS MARKET for the ambiance. They come for the grub. Nowhere else in Atlanta can you fill yourself up with sweet spicy lentils, tangy rosemary-roasted mushrooms,more...
The setting, inside a no-frills alcove next to the freezer section, is less than ideal. But people don't come to the cafeteria at YOUR DEKALB FARMERS MARKET for the ambiance. They come for the grub. Nowhere else in Atlanta can you fill yourself up with sweet spicy lentils, tangy rosemary-roasted mushrooms, juicy Parmesan-toasted fresh squash, a grouper fillet, baked beets in ginger syrup, and creamy baked mac-n-cheese, while paying less than $4. For $1.25 extra, you can have one of the restaurant's legendary samosas. Stuffed with beef, lamb, vegetables or lentils, they're a meal by themselves. The same plate of food, served on china in a prettier setting, would cost 20 bucks. less...

Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Eats (Featured)

Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Eats (Featured)

Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Eats (Featured)

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It’s seriously hard to find a decent inexpensive meal in Atlanta these days. EATS has been around about 15 years — long enough that it was there before Ponce de Leon became the kind of place that would host a Home Depot and Whole Foods. The restaurant serves excellent jerk chicken, lemon-pepper chicken and pasta dishes. What’s more, the vegetables — especially the corn and collards — are terrific. The atmosphere is … well, they remodeled the men’s room this year. It looks great!

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