Chicago Eats Under $20

If you are planning a road trip to Chicago but do not have much of a budget to spend in the big city, do not fret. If you are in need of a reliable but affordable vehicle you can use when going around Chicago, there are plenty of places you can get cars or even RV rentals from for that trip. These places often have great discount deals you can take advantage of, saving you a lot of money for the trip.

When it comes to food, we are happy to present a list of great places in Chicago you can have a meal for less than $20. Yes, affordable and yummy. Don’t believe us? Check out the list yourself.

  1. Johnnies Beef, $5.00 – For authentic Italian beef that tastes sinfully good, at prices you would not believe. Thanks to Johnnies’ flavorful gravy of meat juice and secret spices, you would never have another sandwich anywhere else in Chicago.
  2. Harold’s Chicken Shack, $5.60 – Their quarter dark fried chicken is always served fresh from the deep fryer and smothered in their secret sauce. And at less than $6 a serving, what is there to complain about?
  3. Slurp Slurp Noodles, $9.45 – The shaved noodles off a big block of fresh dough is what gives this Chinatown joint an edge over its contemporaries. The noodles may have a rough appearance but the texture is superb, and every strand perfectly absorbs the flavor of the brisket sauce.
  4. Tacos Marios, $2.00 – While there are plenty other taquerias in the city, only in Tacos Marios will you be served with trompo – A meat cone made of thinly sliced chili marinated pork, and they spin this gloriousness in front of an open flame. Served in corn tortillias, you will love this taste of Mexico and oh wow – for only $2 each.
  5. Xoco, $7.00 – For the best and most affordable churros and hot chocolate in Chicago, drive over to Xoco. They do not pre-fry the churros, so you are served fresh made, greaseless churros every single time. Cocoa beans used for their hot chocolate are imported from Mexico and the roasting and grinding are all done in-house.
  6. Honey 1 BBQ, $7.50 – Only in Honey 1 can you get smoke-scented ribs served with smoked sausages, smothered in the restaurant’s secret barbecue sauce. Oh and the fact that every order is less than ten dollars makes this dining experience even more incredible.
  7. Rainbow Thai Cuisine, $8.95 – If you want to sample the crispiest fried chicken in the city, then head on over to Rainbow Thai Cuisine for a serving of their famous Gai Tod. The crispiness is achieved by using only dark chicken meat, and marinating said meat before being dunked into a deep fryer. Enjoy every sinful, juicy and yes – affordable bite.
  8. Southtown Subs Chicago, $7.48 – You could not really say that you have been on a trip to Chicago without eating at least one of the city’s calorie-packing sandwiches. And for the yummiest and cheapest in the city, head on over to Southtown Subs Chicago and try their Gym Shoe sub. One look at the sinful combination of corned beef, chees, gyro meat and roast beef, all caramelized on the grill is enough to make any mouth water. Oh and all that meat will be topped with onions, tomato, lettuce, mayo, mustard and a secret sauce.
  9. Top Notch Beefburgers, $7.00 – If you want topnotch, beefy, melt-in-your-mouth cheesy burgers, you have definitely come to the right place. And not only are the burgers divine, every order is served with golden, crispy, fried-to-perfection French fries.
  10. Fatso’s Last Stand, $7.45 – The process by which they create their juicy, sinful Sliced brisket sandwich is top secret. Beef brisket as you know is difficult to cook right. But whatever they’re doing over at Fatso’s Last Stand, they better not stop.