Seven Of Dallas' Best Lunches That Are More Than Worth Your Hard-Earned Dough

Categories: Best Of Dallas

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Tei-An's Matsutake Soba
Inexpensive and cheap are two completely different things. Not everyone has a ton of coin to blow on a lunch now and then, but financial restrictions don't necessarily have to relegate you to the likes of Chipotle and Jersey Mike's. Here are some great lunches that will cost you more than a Subway combo, but deliver big with high quality ingredients and big flavors. Think of it as a splurge we can all afford.

Tei-An (pictured above)
I've written about Tei-An's ramen dish a ton, but there are many menu items that won't break the bank for lunch. This Matsutake Soba costs $19 because the mushrooms it uses are so expensive. If it's too pricey try any of the other soba dishes (all of which are cheaper) or the jewelry box lunch, which is only $14.


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What, you don't like Italian hoagies? Get the meatball or the eggplant parm instead. The sandwiches run around $10 apiece but they're each packed with some of the best meats money can buy and they're on great crusty bread too.


Ali Baba
LDD knows all about this lunch buffet. You get all you can eat for $10 and a drink is $2. This plate is mostly meat, but what I really love is the roughage they serve. Hummus, tabbouleh, yogurt sauce and salad are are healthy and you can eat till you pop.


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The lunch buffet at Mughlai costs $11.95 ,and it's the best buffet I've encountered in a long time. Check out their buffet schedule to see what you like, pick a day and go. You'll head back to the office with a fiery mouth and a full belly.

Location Info



Bolsa Mercado

634 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


2711 Elm St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


5301 Alpha Road, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Terra Mediterranean Grill

5910 N. Macarthur Blvd., Irving, TX

Category: Restaurant

Carbone's Fine Food and Wine

4208 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


1722 Routh St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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ScottsMerkin topcommenter

I get a dead link for Mughlai Buffet sched


Afrah's lunch buffet is a steal at $9.99.

J_A_ topcommenter

Jimmy's sandwiches are delicious for a great price. And if I want pho I'll go to Vietnam & get 2 for the price of one from Lemongrass.


@cityofate hmmmmmmm.....we beg to differ :-)


@cityofate Thanks for the RT! Love the article! #Yum

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