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Yes, inflation is insane right now, including at some of your favorite local restaurants, but it’s there has deals still to be made. Keeping prices affordable is as important to many restaurants as providing quality service and food, so rising material costs cause them to scramble to figure out how to make a living from pricing their customers.
“It is difficult right now; The 95-year-old Sam’s No. “We’re happy to be at par at this point,” says Sam Armatas, 3rd generation partner of 3. “This is how we worked last year. We are happy to pay our bills.”
Despite rising egg prices—not to mention the new minimum wage, higher energy rates, and other operational woes—Sam’s hasn’t raised prices at its downtown No. 3 location in over a year. (They’ve raised prices at their Aurora and Glendale locations to fit Denver’s menu.) And Armatas says he hopes it stays that way.
“Customers feel it at home, too. They feel it at the grocery store,” says Armatas. “I think there is fear on our part – but you can go this high and then the customer will no longer visit you. We were afraid that if we were to raise prices, we would hurt ourselves instead of waiting.”
So for now, the daily specials are Sam’s No. It stays at 3. If you think finding an affordable dinner spot is more difficult than picking up a dozen eggs for under $5, we can help. Here are 10 seriously delicious venues (and no Taco Bells!) with food and drink deals under $10.
Early risers can get special points Sam’s No. 3 Before 10am on weekdays, it includes a two-egg breakfast with potatoes and toast for $6.99 and a melted breakfast with scrambled eggs, cheddar and ham, bacon or hot dogs on Texas toast for $8.99. If you’re definitely up for brunch hours, though, order a full stack of sweet cream pancakes or two slices of challah French toast for just $6.99. 1500 Curtis Street; 435 S. Cherry St., Glendale; 2580 S. Havana Street, Aurora
Indulge in flaky, indulgent pastries that are almost a year old. Bánh & Butter Bakery Café, The ham and cheese croissant will fill you up for $5. (And if they have split strawberry croissants—so the best $2.95 you’ll ever spend—buy one or maybe 10.) 9935 E. Colfax Street, Aurora
You can eat anytime for less than a Hamilton. Empanada Express Grill. Nearly volley-sized pockets of beef, chicken, bananas, and more cost $3.75 to $4.99 per empanada and $4.25 to $5.25 for an arepa version. If you’re in the neighborhood before 3 p.m., the $8.50 lunch special gets you points for your choice of empanada or arepa plus rice and beans. 4301 W. 44. Cad.
Probably the best banh mi in town, but also one of the cheapest. At the banh mi marinated and grilled pork with lemongrass Vinh Xuong Kiln at just $6.50, cheap enough to be left for iced chrysanthemum or jasmine green tea. 2370 W. Alameda Street.
For a non-fast-food burger south of $10, you can count on the classic. my brother’s bar. The basic Steerburger is a steal at $9.50, which would probably have bought you weeks of food when the restaurant first opened in 1873, but 150 years later it’s not too shabby. 2376 15th Cad.
Sure you can get a pizza for under $10, but we don’t mean greasy pizza or just a slice of pizza. Neapolitan pies at fast-casual local pizzeria Always well priced with the margherita setting you back just $6 on Mondays and $9.50 on other days of the week. Complete your meal with a $3 budino – velvety butterscotch pudding with chocolate and whipped cream. Various places
plan your visit RiNo Beer Garden For Tuesday or Wednesday night. $10 gets you a taco plate (Tuesday) or grilled cheese and a cup of tomato soup (Wednesday) plus 10 ounce draft beer. Dinner and beer for $10? It feels like the early 2000s out there. 3800 Walnut St.
Yes, you can eat in one 528025 Best Restaurants Under $10. -also Tocabe, an American Indian Restaurant, $9.89 buys your choice of four vegetarian plates, such as an Indian taco on fluffy toasted bread or Medicine Wheel nachos with red, white, and blue corn chips topped with beans and melted cheese. 3536 W. 44th Ave.; 8181 E. Arapahoe Rd., Greenwood Village
for Happy Hour
Happy hour between 15:00 and 18:00 on weekdays Humboldt Kitchen & Bar offers great deals on both food and drink. Upgrade to mules, margaritas, and good drinks for $7 or an elderflower basil martini or $1 more barrel-aged old-fashioned. Food is even cheaper; Choose from fried green tomatoes, garlic fries, and totchos (magic tater tots topped with white queso, pork green chile, and Mexican cream nacho-style) for $6, or splurge for a trio of mini crab cakes for $8. 1700 Humboldt St.
Honey Although not exactly known for being budget friendly, it is played every day between 16:30 and 18:30. Bites include $5 salmon temaki, $6 scallion pancakes, and $7 crispy rice with charred broccoli and salsa macha. Wash it all down with a Sapporo or sake for $5.50. 2500 Lawrence St.