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Affordable Eats in Winston-Salem

Whether you’re looking for a quick sandwich or tasty tacos, you’ll find several great options in the city that won’t break the bank. We’ve done the legwork and have compiled a list of some of the best budget-friendly cheap eats in Winston-Salem for you!

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Updated July 2024


Piedmont Aviation Snack Bar

You may have driven by this casual restaurant a hundred times, but it’s time for you to stop by and give their menu a try. With options like the $6 grilled buffalo wrap or the $5 breakfast sandwich, your appetite and wallet will thank you.


J&J Food Mart

This take-out-only option is ideal for those picnic-perfect sunny days. Order their famous 4-piece breaded Wings for just $7.99 or enjoy a chicken sandwich for $6.49.


Los Juanes

Taco Tuesday is great, but taco every day is better. What started as a few booths inside a Hispanic grocery store is now a full-fledged restaurant thanks to its recent expansion making room for a full bar and more seating. Enjoy a flavorful and authentic meal at an affordable price – order the pupusa (3) for $7.99 or tacos (4) for $10.99.

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Waldo’s Wings

Head to Waldo’s Wings on Tuesdays and Thursdays for $0.89 bone-in or boneless wings! Wings not your thing? Try their footlong hotdog with a side for $7.75.

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PB’s Takeout

Almost everything on PB’s Takeout menu is $5.40 or less. Enjoy two hot dogs and a side of fries for just $7. PB’s Takeout is cash only!


Kermit’s Hot Dog House

Enjoy a variety of hot dogs at wallet-friendly prices – cheese dog ($2.85), cheese super frank ($4.55), or a foot-long hot dog ($3.95). They also serve breakfast! Don’t sleep on their sausage, egg & cheese breakfast sandwich for just $3.85.


Hot dog at Kermit's Hot Dog House
Hot dog at Kermit’s Hot Dog House



This Italian market has some of the best sandwiches and baked goods in the area. Create your own sandwich or order one from their menu. We love the $8.95 grilled chicken breast sandwich.

Related post: Best Sandwiches in Winston-Salem


Hot Dog City

In addition to hot dogs, Hot Dog City serves mouthwatering sandwiches and has several vegan options, all at an affordable price. Try the Original Philly Cheese Steak or the Rachel with Hot Pastrami for $8.99.


TJ’s Deli

TJ’s Deli has been serving delicious sandwiches, salads & other grill items for generations (established in 1982). Try their famous Cham sandwich for $8.94 or their popular Thai Crunch salad for $9.89.


The Pizza Place

This woman-owned restaurant serves NY thin-crust pizza, wings, subs, pasta, and more! Order 2 cheese slices with a drink $7 or 2 gourmet pizza slices with a drink for $9.

Related post: Best Pizza in Winston-Salem


Café Arthur’s

Locally owned and operated, Café Arthur’s is a classic diner serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy a Reuben for $10.25 or their Bacon/Sausage & Egg Platter for $8.

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Goody’s Grill

For the spud lovers – extreme loaded baked potatoes with toppings like bacon, broccoli, and chicken for around $8-10. You can also enjoy Goody’s in the morning with a fried chicken biscuit for $4.15.


Murphy’s Lunch

This straightforward eatery with a cafeteria-style setup is a go-to spot downtown. Order a BLT on Texas Toast for $6.50 or Texas Chili Dog for $6.


affordable eats - Murphy's Lunch - two nice lunch plates


May Way Dumplings

May Way offers a simple menu of Chinese noodles, dumplings, soup, and steamed buns. Try their sweet and spicy cold noodles or fried chicken dumplings (6) for $4.95.


Grecian Corner

Most sandwiches at Grecian Corner are around $8 and include great options like the Cheesburger Pita Sandwich ($7.25) and the Chicken Parm Hoagie ($7.50).


J S Pulliam Barbeque

This old-timey joint with counter service offers barbecue sandwiches for $3.74 and hot dogs for $2.83. Taste a little bit of everything with a combo – (1) Hotdog, (1) BBQ Sandwich, drink & bag of chips all for just $7.91.


Check out these other great, affordable options for just a few more dollars.

Hero House (Average price $10), Bobo’s Deli and Grill (Average price $10), Sabor Latin Grill (Average price $10).


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