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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 Progresso

Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers

Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
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
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Fellini's Pizza

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
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 cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
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Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
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Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

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

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

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
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

Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kajjers/2623824087/
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!

Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Cantina La Casita
East Atlanta lucked out last year when CANTINA LA CASITA opened, serving wonderful, cheap Mexican food in a friendly dive-bar setting. La Casita is a great place for a cheap but fun date, or to spend a summer evening getting drunk on the patio with a group of friends. We especially love the enchiladasmore...
East Atlanta lucked out last year when CANTINA LA CASITA opened, serving wonderful, cheap Mexican food in a friendly dive-bar setting. La Casita is a great place for a cheap but fun date, or to spend a summer evening getting drunk on the patio with a group of friends. We especially love the enchiladas with red sauce ($5.85), the pork tacos ($2.35) and the $4 margaritas ($2.50 on Mondays). The kid’s beans and rice is hard to beat for $1.75. The staff is a reflection of the neighborhood — tattooed, friendly, and full of personality. less...

Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Food Court at Chinatown Square
Got a hankering for a giant bowl of brothy seafood noodles? How about some soy-lacquered duck that melts in your mouth? The FOOD COURT AT CHINATOWN SQUARE offers six outstanding fast-food spots to satiate your Asian cravings for right around $7. Yanmi Yanmi offers a quirky Chinese take on Japanese dishes,more...

Got a hankering for a giant bowl of brothy seafood noodles? How about some soy-lacquered duck that melts in your mouth? The FOOD COURT AT CHINATOWN SQUARE offers six outstanding fast-food spots to satiate your Asian cravings for right around $7. Yanmi Yanmi offers a quirky Chinese take on Japanese dishes, while some of the best green onion pancakes can be had at China Kitchen. All wonton soup should be like Ocean Garden’s. Hong Kong Barbecue’s display of mahogany-skinned roasted birds will make you drip and drool. Chongqing Hot Pot specializes in what its name suggests — a Chinese meat and vegetable broth fondue. Trouble deciding? Close your eyes and pick a spot. You can’t miss.
5383 New Peachtree Road, Chamblee. 770-458-6600.

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