10 Spots to Grab a Bite on a Budget in Nashville

10 Spots to Grab a Bite on a Budget in Nashville

Monday, Feb 06 2017

Living in Nashville as a foodie is incredible—it seems like every month there are dozens of new restaurants opening. From Mexican to Thai to vegan, this city has it all. As college students, we’re always looking for low-budget options that will match up to the big names of M Street restaurants or trendy Germantown joints without the expensive price tags. As two juniors at Vanderbilt, we’ve learned how to navigate the food scene so that, when we aren’t splurging with parents or for birthdays, we can get the best taste for the best price. If you want to follow our food journey and our collection of local Nashvillian’s pictures of the best #foodporn, check us out on Instagram at @Nashville_Eats. Here are our picks for the best bites on a budget.

You Can't Say No to Mas Tacos Por Favor at Mas Tacos Por Favor
Photo by @moonblisser

Everyday Can Be Taco Tuesday at Mas Tacos

When tacos are only $3, you’ll be saying, “Mas Tacos Por Favor.” With great, authentic flavors at an amazing price, you really can’t go wrong.

You Can't Say No to Mas Tacos Por Favor
$   .  Mas Tacos Por Favor   .  Nashville
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Gobble Up Cheesy Goodness at the Grilled Cheeserie Melt Shop at Melt Shop
Photo by @thedandilion

Relive Your Childhood at the Grilled Cheeserie

This famously delicious food truck has a cult-like following because, let’s be honest, is there anything better than a grilled mac and cheese sandwich? As a college student, it was a challenge to chase down the truck, which is why their storefront opening in Hillsboro Village is a game changer.

Gobble Up Cheesy Goodness at the Grilled Cheeserie Melt Shop
$   .  Melt Shop   .  Nashville
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Turn Up the Heat at Hattie B's at Hattie B's
Photo by @hattiebs

Eat Nashville's Best at Hattie B's

Hattie B’s is one of the many reasons why Nashville hot chicken has erupted as a national food trend. But, while it might be famous, you can still score this amazing fried chicken and two sides for only $9.

Turn Up the Heat at Hattie B's
$   .  Hattie B's   .  Nashville
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Feast on Ethical Beef at Farm Burger at Farm Burger Nashville
Photo by @eatnashville

Eat Ethically at Farm Burger

Super fresh, seasonal and local ingredients are what makes Farm Burger such a great spot. Factor in the great prices, like with a make-your-own burger starting at $6.75, farm-to-table never tasted better.

Feast on Ethical Beef at Farm Burger
$   .  Farm Burger Nashville   .  Nashville
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Taste Authentic Asian Eats at Thai Esane at Thai Esane
Photo by @thepeachtruck

Try Some Thai Esane

While studying abroad in Australia, I had my fair share of Thai food—so I was pleasantly surprised when I tried Thai Esane. You don’t have to travel to Thailand to taste classic flavors in dishes ranging from $4-$15.

Taste Authentic Asian Eats at Thai Esane
$   .  Thai Esane   .  Nashville
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Get a Slice of NY Style Pizza with a Southern Twist at Five Points Pizza
Photo by @sonyakarate

Bite Into New York Pizza at Five Points

As a New Yorker, one of the hardest parts about heading south for school was thinking I would have to settle for sub-par pizza. Enter Five Points and their NY style pizza by the slice for $3.25. Gasp!

Get a Slice of NY Style Pizza with a Southern Twist
$   .  Five Points Pizza   .  Nashville
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Veggie Delight at The Wild Cow at The Wild Cow
Photo by @mypoortiredliver

Eat Your Veggies at Wild Cow

By no means am I a vegetarian, but when I first tried Wild Cow, it was so good that I forgot it was actually vegan. With most menu items under $10, it’s a great bargain that’s healthy for you, too.

Veggie Delight at The Wild Cow
$   .  The Wild Cow   .  Nashville
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Get Rolls from Samurai Sushi at Samurai
Photo by @nashvillefoodfan

Get Rolls from Samurai Sushi

Samurai is my go-to sushi spot because it’s reasonably priced. Regular rolls range from $4.25 to $8.95, so you definitely get your money’s worth.

Get Rolls from Samurai Sushi
$   .  Samurai   .  Nashville
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"Write Your Ma" and Eat a Sammich at Clawson's at Clawson's Pub & Deli
Photo by @clawsonspub

Get Your Claws on a Sandwich from Clawson's Pub & Deli

Nestled in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood, Clawson's satisfies your sandwich craving and has you covered with every option under $10.

"Write Your Ma" and Eat a Sammich at Clawson's
$   .  Clawson's Pub & Deli   .  Nashville
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Dine Out and Support the Homeless at The Cookery at The Cookery
Photo by @The Cookery

Chill Out at The Cookery

This true Australian-inspired restaurant is more than just a chill café. They’re serving up food alongside hope with their dedication to helping Nashville’s homeless. Get the coffee rubbed pork lettuce wraps for $7.25 and you’ll feel your money was well spent.

Dine Out and Support the Homeless at The Cookery
$   .  The Cookery   .  Nashville
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10 Spots to Grab a Bite on a Budget in Nashville
10 Spots to Grab a Bite on a Budget in Nashville