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Six Fabulous Cheap Eats Under $10 in Knoxville

Eating out doesn’t have to be expensive. If you’re studying on a limited budget and want to enjoy a treat out with friends, check out the cheap eats at these fantastic spots around town.

There’s so much variety you’re sure to find something that suits your tastes without breaking the bank.

The French Market Creperie

The French Market Creperie has two locations in town, one in West Knoxville and the other downtown. It’s the only authentic French restaurant in town and offers fantastic breakfast and lunch options. Dinner is also served from Tuesday to Saturday. While a few crêpes are over $10, most range from $4.95 to $9.95. The restaurant also serves wine along with a few mixed drink options, and the place gets high marks for its ambiance, prompt and friendly service, and fresh food.

Nick & J’s Café

Nick & J’s Cafe is the spot of choice if you’re looking for a salad, sandwich, combo, and/or the taste of home-cooked food. Open from 7-4 Monday to Friday and 8-2 on Saturday, it offers a number of options under $10.00 to make it easy for anyone with a limited budget to enjoy great food. Alcoholic beverages aren’t available, but the restaurant does have a discounted kids menu for kids eating out with their parents. Visitors give the spot high marks for cleanliness, friendly service, large portions, and delicious food.

Harby’s Pizza and Deli

If you’re looking for a cheap bite to eat in the evenings, Harby’s Pizza and Deli is sure to please. It’s open from 10:00 to 8:40 from Tuesday to Thursday, and 10:00 to 9:40 on Friday and Saturday. Pizzas that currently cost $10.00 or less include the “Build your Own” pizza, the Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza, and the Maui Wowi Pizza. Cheap eats from the deli, which include subs, burgers, and wraps, are well under $10. The restaurant also serves an assortment of tasty desserts. You can either eat there in person or order the menu items of your choice online. A rewards program helps to keep costs down and happy patrons note that the restaurant offers both fantastic food and great service.

Panda Chinese Restaurant

Panda Chinese Restaurant offers a lunch that’s sure to tantalize your tastebuds for a mere $7.00 per person. You can either eat in the restaurant or order take-out for your convenience. Family dinners for two cost a mere $14.25, making it a great option for eating out with friends; alternatively, you can order the larger meal and save a portion of it for another dinner or lunch. The restaurant is open from 11:00 to 10:30 from Monday to Thursday, 10:30 to 11:00 from Friday to Saturday and noon to 10:30 on Sunday.

Captain D’s Seafood

Seafood fans in Knoxville who are looking for cheap eats will be pleased to know that Captain D’s Seafood has several locations throughout the city. Captain D’s, which has been in operation in town for over half a century, typically charges well under $10.00 for any one of its meals. Options include fish, shrimp, chicken, or a mixed platter with two or more types of meats, along with one or two sides of your choice. The restaurants also serve kids meals and desserts. You can order online, on the phone, or in person. Delivery is provided on request and the restaurants are open seven days a week, from 10:30 to 9:00.

Firehouse Subs

Need a fast yet tasty bite to eat so you can get on with your studies, spend time with friends, or simply relax and enjoy life? Firehouse Subs offers a range of subs, salads, and sides in a range of flavors and price points. Restaurants are typically open from 10:30 to 9:00, and they can be found throughout Knoxville for your convenience. You can order online so your meal is ready when you arrive or have it delivered. People who have eaten there note that the service is fast and friendly and the food is delicious, but be aware it can get crowded at times.

Which restaurant offers the best cheap eats in town? It’s almost impossible to say as Knoxville provides so many great, cheap eateries to pick from. If you enjoy great cheap eats either alone or in the company of friends, why not try out at least a few of the spots listed above to see which one you like best? You may be surprised to find your new favorite eatery; if not, that’s fine too, as you’ll enjoy new cuisines and create fun memories you’re sure to treasure even if you move out of town when your studies are over.