When you are hungry in Cleveland but do not want to splurge or hit another drive-through line, hit up one of our favorite spots for quality casual cheap eats in town. From barbecue to ramen to Latin fusion, Cleveland has plenty of inexpensive but tasty spots to fill your belly with tasty food that won’t break the bank.
234 Euclid Ave Cleveland, OH 44114
This counter-service ramen spot is our go-to noodle house in Cleveland because their prices are so reasonable, and their ramen is delicious. Otani serves up steaming bowls of all the classic ramen flavors like Pork Belly, Tonkatsu, Udon and Miso, and diners can choose from three kinds of soups to add rich base flavors to their ramen bowls.
1200 W 76th St Cleveland, OH 44102
Menu prices and the quantity of food served determine if a restaurant will earn a spot on our “best cheap eats” list. Good Company hits both qualifications along with delivering really tasty food at the same time. Our favorites here include the Thai Chili 72-hour Wings and the Bonzo Boi Burger for lunch or dinner. But we love to end a meal on a sweet note with one of Good Company’s famous treats like the Malted Chocolate Brownie Milkshake.
1278 W 9th St Cleveland, OH 44113
A fantastic option for those seeking chef-prepared meals without the restaurant experience, Constantino’s Market downtown is the ideal grab-and-go spot for tasty food at a good price point. Visitors to this small but full-service market rave about the Sushi and Sashimi crafted on-site as well as the hot food bar that offers weekly specials like “Wing Wednesdays.” This neighborhood market is also a popular spot to snag a warm breakfast with coffee, juice and bagels among the regular offerings here that help Constantino’s make our list of one of the best cheap eats destinations in Cleveland.
2050 E 4th St Cleveland, OH 44115
As one of the most popular barbeque restaurants in Cleveland, Mabel’s is always a great spot to go for flavorful meats, rich sauces and delicious side dishes. But to snag a meal at a great value, order a Big Pig Sandwich Meal pack to reheat and eat at home. For dining in, the best value can be found by ordering meat by the pound. Order a ½ pound of brisket or sausage to share to turn a visit to Mabel’s into a cheap dining destination.
1800 Euclid Ave Ste 3 Cleveland, OH 44115
This counter-service spot is the perfect place to sample some yummy barbecue without spending a lot of money. Boney Fingers BBQ offers typical smoked fare like Pork Belly and Brisket Sandwiches, but an excellent value is to visit for breakfast instead. The Boney Breakfast plate includes eggs and a choice of smoked meat, essentially doubling the delicious and creating an honest value for the fantastic barbecue served here. One of the other reasons Boney Fingers BBQ is a good choice for a cheap but delicious meal is that you can order a variety of menu items other than just traditional ‘cue. Some of the more popular options are the $4 tacos as well as the BBQ pizzas, both of which can be made with any of the smoked meats that Boney Fingers offers.
1470 Lakeside Ave E Cleveland, OH 44114
This combo craft brewery and gastropub is a favorite among Clevelanders for its namesake brews as well as the fabulous food it turns out. But diners in search of a bargain meal can come to Noble Beast to split the Club Sandwich or even the Pork Carnitas Nachos since portions are huge to go along with the big flavors served up here. One more option for cheap but filling and delicious food is to make a meal out of Noble Beast’s Caramelized Onion dip that is served with homemade kettle chips. This fantastic starter is more than enough to fill you up if you don’t share, but good luck keeping your companions away from this amazingly delicious appetizer.
4309 Lorain Ave Cleveland, OH 44113
The humble outside of Herb ‘n Twine hides Cleveland’s best sandwich shop. The most popular offering here is the Shaved Prime Rib and the overflowing sandwich is perfect for sharing although you may not want to once you take a bite. Other bargain bites include the gorgeous Italian sub and the Tomato Bisque soup, but be sure to swap out the soup’s croutons for a hunk of French garlic loaf for a filling but not expensive non-sandwich meal.