The 30 Best Cleveland Restaurants When You Have $10 or Less

A delicious dish of food does not mean it has to be an expensive one. With the plethora of food options in this city, there are plenty of options for those looking to eat on the cheaper side. From delicious empanadas and sub sandwiches to burgers, tacos and shawarma, we put together a list of a ton of tasty foods for under $10 bucks.

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 Banter
Van Aken District, Shaker Heights 
Banter is the antidote to serious food in somber settings. It's county fair food with a bowtie, where fries, sausages, and hotdogs are spruced up for a clever crowd. You won't find a better corndog to drag through the mustard, and the crispy, melty fried cheese curds will vanish quicker than the Statue of Liberty at David Copperfield's abracadabra. Most folks come for the poutine, and who can blame them. But if you’re looking for the best meal under $10, the Polish Boy is arguably the best in town.
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Banter

Van Aken District, Shaker Heights

Banter is the antidote to serious food in somber settings. It's county fair food with a bowtie, where fries, sausages, and hotdogs are spruced up for a clever crowd. You won't find a better corndog to drag through the mustard, and the crispy, melty fried cheese curds will vanish quicker than the Statue of Liberty at David Copperfield's abracadabra. Most folks come for the poutine, and who can blame them. But if you’re looking for the best meal under $10, the Polish Boy is arguably the best in town.

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 Herb'n Twine 
4309 Lorain Ave., Cleveland
People lose their minds over the sandwiches at Herb'n Twine, a 5-year-old gourmet sandwich emporium in Ohio City. Most are right around $10 or slightly under and over. The smoked turkey is probably the most popular and for good reason but you really can’t go wrong here.
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Herb'n Twine

4309 Lorain Ave., Cleveland

People lose their minds over the sandwiches at Herb'n Twine, a 5-year-old gourmet sandwich emporium in Ohio City. Most are right around $10 or slightly under and over. The smoked turkey is probably the most popular and for good reason but you really can’t go wrong here.

Photo by Tim Harrison
 Al’s Deli
1717 East Ninth St., Cleveland 
This Middle Eastern deli serves everything from lean corned beef to rolled chicken shwarma and is the perfect spot for whatever lunch fixing you’re looking for in the middle of downtown Cleveland. They also do daily lunch specials, like their beef bean burrito for $8.99.
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Al’s Deli

1717 East Ninth St., Cleveland

This Middle Eastern deli serves everything from lean corned beef to rolled chicken shwarma and is the perfect spot for whatever lunch fixing you’re looking for in the middle of downtown Cleveland. They also do daily lunch specials, like their beef bean burrito for $8.99.

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 The Cleveland Bagel Co.
4201 Detroit Ave. and 7501 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland
Despite opening less than five years ago, The Cleveland Bagel Co. has already established itself as one of the most iconic food spots in town. Their homemade, creative bagels make for an awesome breakfast, especially when you add their homemade schmears and try their lox or bacon, egg and cheese sandwich.
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The Cleveland Bagel Co.

4201 Detroit Ave. and 7501 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland

Despite opening less than five years ago, The Cleveland Bagel Co. has already established itself as one of the most iconic food spots in town. Their homemade, creative bagels make for an awesome breakfast, especially when you add their homemade schmears and try their lox or bacon, egg and cheese sandwich.

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 Half Moon Bakery
3460 West 25th St., Cleveland
After more than three years of pop-ups and catering, Half Moon Bakery finally unveiled its brick-and-mortar bakery in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood, located across the street from MetroHealth. The carry-out empanada shop features the signature half-moon-shaped pastries, stuffed with flavor-packed combinations such as shredded chicken with garlic tomato sauce, tofu with seasoned veggies, and pepperoni, mozzarella and tomato sauce and they’re all $3 and under.
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Half Moon Bakery

3460 West 25th St., Cleveland

After more than three years of pop-ups and catering, Half Moon Bakery finally unveiled its brick-and-mortar bakery in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood, located across the street from MetroHealth. The carry-out empanada shop features the signature half-moon-shaped pastries, stuffed with flavor-packed combinations such as shredded chicken with garlic tomato sauce, tofu with seasoned veggies, and pepperoni, mozzarella and tomato sauce and they’re all $3 and under.

Photo by Emanuel Wallace
 Ferris Shwarma
13507 Lakewood Heights Blvd., Lakewood 
Their website says they have “the most awesome shwarma in Cleveland.” Who are we to argue? This menu is very straightforward with only a few options but when you do something so well, no need to mess with what is working.
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Ferris Shwarma

13507 Lakewood Heights Blvd., Lakewood

Their website says they have “the most awesome shwarma in Cleveland.” Who are we to argue? This menu is very straightforward with only a few options but when you do something so well, no need to mess with what is working.

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 La Plaza Supermarket
13609 Lakewood Heights Blvd., Lakewood 
All it takes to get your hands on what many deem the best tacos in Cleveland is venturing to the far back corner of a supermarket. This small hot food station cooks up barbacoa, carnitas, chorizo and al pastor tacos in front of your eyes. They’re served up as-is, but load up on diced onion, cilantro, guac and salsas to your heart’s desire. Tip: You can pre-pay for your tacos at the front counter, but keep it simple and just carry cash.
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La Plaza Supermarket

13609 Lakewood Heights Blvd., Lakewood

All it takes to get your hands on what many deem the best tacos in Cleveland is venturing to the far back corner of a supermarket. This small hot food station cooks up barbacoa, carnitas, chorizo and al pastor tacos in front of your eyes. They’re served up as-is, but load up on diced onion, cilantro, guac and salsas to your heart’s desire. Tip: You can pre-pay for your tacos at the front counter, but keep it simple and just carry cash.

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 El Señor's at La Mexicana Grocery
170 East Washington St., Painesville
We promise your trip to be Painesville will be well worth the drive when you get your hands on El Señor’s tacos. A small restaurant attached to a supermarket, seating here is limited but flavor is plentiful. Choose from pork, beef, beef tongue and pork stomach. For a little refreshment, cool down with a Jarritos.
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El Señor's at La Mexicana Grocery

170 East Washington St., Painesville

We promise your trip to be Painesville will be well worth the drive when you get your hands on El Señor’s tacos. A small restaurant attached to a supermarket, seating here is limited but flavor is plentiful. Choose from pork, beef, beef tongue and pork stomach. For a little refreshment, cool down with a Jarritos.

Photo via Scene Archives
 Pizza 216
401 Euclid Ave., Cleveland 
This locally-sourced pizza place has some of the freshest ingredients around and makes for a perfect lunch pie. All of their signature pies are either $9 or $9.50.
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Pizza 216

401 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

This locally-sourced pizza place has some of the freshest ingredients around and makes for a perfect lunch pie. All of their signature pies are either $9 or $9.50.

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 Dave’s Cosmic Subs
Multiple Locations 
Whatever side of town you’re on, you’re likely to be close to a Dave’s Cosmic Subs. All regular subs are between $5 and $8. The meatball is out of this world.
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Dave’s Cosmic Subs

Multiple Locations

Whatever side of town you’re on, you’re likely to be close to a Dave’s Cosmic Subs. All regular subs are between $5 and $8. The meatball is out of this world.

Photo via @DavesCosmicSubs/Instagram