There are so many awesomely tempting food options in Durham nowadays. New restaurants are popping up everywhere you look as the Bull City grows! You could probably go out to eat every day for a year and never tire of all of the fantastic local options. However, dining out at restaurants day after day,  can get pricey. Fortunately, Durham is also home to some pretty impressive affordable places where you can still score a great meal for under $10 so your wallet won’t take that big of a hit.

So, if you are trying to stick to a budget, check out this list of the Bull City’s best local spots for affordable delicious eats:

King’s Sandwich Shop

King’s Sandwich Shop is a Durham icon! This beloved sandwich shop has been serving up delicious burgers, hot dogs, and signature sandwiches on the cheap for many years. It’s one of the best deals in town!

Jimmy’s Famous Hot Dogs

You can always depend on a great hot dog spot for an affordable lunch or dinner! All of the items on the Jimmy’s Famous Hot Dogs menu are under $5. This is also a great place to take the kids. Everyone loves a decent hot dog or hamburger at a great price.


Guasaca is committed to serving fresh, delicious food that’s also affordable. It serves arepas with a variety of fillings. You can definitely get a filling meal for under $10 bucks. It’s famous guasaca topping costs extra, but it’s worth it!


Need a fast, affordable lunch that’s also delicious? Look no further than NanaTaco. This Mexican-American restaurant serves up tacos and other Mexican fare for a great price. It also features $5 Margaritas so you can drink on the cheap as well!

Elmo’s Diner

Elmo’s Diner is an award-winning establishment beloved by Durham locals. It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with most of the menu items being under $10. This place is usually pretty crowded, but the service is quick and friendly.

Only Burger

Need to satisfy that burger craving, but don’t have too much to spend? Check out Only Burger, which is located right near the DBAP. The beef is ethically sourced, and you can get a basic single beef patty burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, ketchup, and mustard for only $4.99!

Banh’s Cuisine

Banh’s Cuisine may not look like much on the outside, but it serves up delicious Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine. The menu is limited, but you will definitely get a satisfying meal at a very affordable price!

For decades now, North Carolinians have depended on small local BBQ joints to serve great, filling meals at affordable prices. Durham is home to many of them. Next time your tummy is grumbling, but you don’t have a lot to spend, check out Johnson’s Family BBQ, Hog Heaven BBQ, Bullock’s BBQ or Backyard BBQ Pit.

So what are some of your favorite local spots to grab an affordable meal in Durham? Please be sure to hit us up on Twitter @919BlogNC or visit our Facebook page at and let us know! We would love to hear from ya.

This post was created in collaboration with the Downtown Durham Blog editorial team and 919 Blog contributor Amy Howard for exclusive digital publication via TBN