So you like eating out, but you don’t have the funds to support eating at the Celebrity Restaurant or Mahogany every night. Welcome to my world… the world of discovering yummy, non-fast food meals under $10.
Here are just a few of my favorite local eateries, where you can comfortably get a meal for under $10:
Ike’s has been a part of Tulsa’s history for 106 years. That’s more than a century of providing chili with high quality ingredients, slow-cooked to perfection.
The old Ike’s was long-time located on Admiral, but Ike’s moved to 1502 E. 11th street in 2012. It’s fitting that such a historic location would move to Tulsa’s Historic Route 66. Ike’s is actually believed to be Tulsa’s oldest restaurant still in existence.
The recipes that have kept this business rolling for more than a century are not only tasty, but affordable. With every dish on the menu under $10, you can choose from a variety of burgers (served with delicious waffle fries), chili cheese fries, frito pie, coney dogs, and three-way chili (served with chili, beans, and spaghetti). When I visited recently, they even had a healthier option available — a chicken wrap.
You can pretty much walk out of Baja Jack’s having consumed a pretty tasty meal for $5, if you want to. Baja Jack’s has a Tulsa location at 9521 S. Riverside and an Owasso location at 9045 N. 121st E. Ave.
First off, when you step into Baja Jack’s, you feel like you’re taking a little vacation to a tropical island. Either Bob Marley or Jack Johnson is sure to be playing on the sound system, and you may even have the good fortune to get to sit in the grass tiki hut.
Baja Jack’s has a super complimentary Chips and Salsa Bar, complete with a salsa packed with mango and other tropical flavors. When I visit Baja Jack’s, I typically choose the Baja Chicken Tacos (pictured above). Taco choices include Fish Tacos, Street Tacos, and more! You can choose two tacos for just $5 or three tacos for $7! With that and chips and salsa, I’m all set!
Other menu items at Baja Jack’s include Build Your Own Burrito, taco salad, a variety of quesadillas, a relleno, and more! Escape to the closest thing the Tulsa area has to a tropical island — Baja Jack’s!
I’ve written about the Flame Broiler previously, and it most certainly makes my list of places to eat on the cheap. For $6, you can choose from a variety of healthy bowls packed with rice, meat and veggies. Or you can spring for a plate, which include cabbage salad and an orange on the side. Whichever way you look at it, $6-$7 for a healthy meal is hard to come by these days, but Flame Broiler pulls it off beautifully. Kudos to them.
The Phoenix, which I’ve also written about previously, is another local spot where you can eat on the cheap. For instance, the Pizza Bagel pictured on the left is somewhere in the $4-$5 range.
While not everything on The Phoenix menu is under $10, they do have quite a wide array of items that will cost you less than an Alexander Hamilton. One of my favorites is The Giving Tree: turkey, bacon, swiss, sliced granny smith apples with Phoenix ranch, served on a croissant.
And of course, while you’re at The Phoenix, you can enjoy one of their delicious caffeinated beverages and sip it in one of the most unique coffee shop environments in Tulsa. I do not hesitate to recommend their Chai Latte or, if you’re in a spicy mood, the Phoenix Mocha (espresso, steamed milk, cocoa and cayenne). I also enjoy that The Phoenix offers a “Drip for Here” option on their coffee, meaning you can have bottomless amounts of java for just $2.25.
One of my favorite things about The Phoenix is that it has an entire room dedicated to the long, lost art of reading. Yes, this place has a library loaded with classic novels. If you just want to nestle up with your Americano and Crime & Punishment all day, The Phoenix is the place to do so.