The 25 Best Cincinnati Restaurants When You Have $10 or Less

Feelin' hungry for a bite that won't break the bank? We've got you covered. There are plenty of tasty local eateries to explore that can fill up your belly when you're balling on a budget. From burgers and barbecue to tacos and sushi, here's where to find a delicious meal for $10 or less.

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Ollie’s Trolley
1607 Central Ave., Over-the-Rhine/West End
Located in a bright yellow and red trolley car, Ollie’s Trolley is a soul food staple in the Cincinnati area. Ollie's serves a variety of smoked pork, including ribs, rib tips and pulled pork, plus plenty of sides, like collard greens, buttered corn and potato salad. Chow down on a variety of burgers and metts, chicken, turkey, fish and a selection of barbecue all for under $10. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Ollie’s Trolley

1607 Central Ave., Over-the-Rhine/West End
Located in a bright yellow and red trolley car, Ollie’s Trolley is a soul food staple in the Cincinnati area. Ollie's serves a variety of smoked pork, including ribs, rib tips and pulled pork, plus plenty of sides, like collard greens, buttered corn and potato salad. Chow down on a variety of burgers and metts, chicken, turkey, fish and a selection of barbecue all for under $10.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Quatman Cafe
2434 Quatman Ave., Norwood; 224 W. Main St., Mason
This no-frills burger joint has locations in Mason and Norwood. Everything on the menu is under $10, including burgers and fish, chicken and deli sandwiches. On Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, enjoy a cheeseburger, fries and a drink for just $8.
Photo: Quatman Cafe’s Facebook

Quatman Cafe

2434 Quatman Ave., Norwood; 224 W. Main St., Mason
This no-frills burger joint has locations in Mason and Norwood. Everything on the menu is under $10, including burgers and fish, chicken and deli sandwiches. On Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, enjoy a cheeseburger, fries and a drink for just $8.
Photo: Quatman Cafe’s Facebook
Unataza Coffee
620 Sixth Ave., Dayton, Kentucky
With a mission to bring Honduran coffee and food to the Cincinnati area, Unataza Coffee in Dayton, Kentucky serves a piece of culture to every customer. Order a wrap, soup, salad or bowl for under $10 — some even come with plantain chips. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Unataza Coffee

620 Sixth Ave., Dayton, Kentucky
With a mission to bring Honduran coffee and food to the Cincinnati area, Unataza Coffee in Dayton, Kentucky serves a piece of culture to every customer. Order a wrap, soup, salad or bowl for under $10 — some even come with plantain chips.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Sebastian’s
5209 Glenway Ave., Cheviot
The longtime West Side joint is just as delicious as you remember it. A meat-lover’s heaven, the menu offers numerous Greek items and what many consider to be the best gyro in Cincinnati. Most of the menu is priced under $10, with the exception of a couple dinners. 
Photo: Facebook.com/SebastiansGyros

Sebastian’s

5209 Glenway Ave., Cheviot
The longtime West Side joint is just as delicious as you remember it. A meat-lover’s heaven, the menu offers numerous Greek items and what many consider to be the best gyro in Cincinnati. Most of the menu is priced under $10, with the exception of a couple dinners.
Photo: Facebook.com/SebastiansGyros
Camp Washington Chili
3005 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington
This James Beard Award-winning local chili parlor is known for its Cincinnati-style chili. Everything on the menu is $10 or under, including coneys; 3-, 4- and 5-ways; double-deckers; melts; burgers; breakfasts; and more — with the exception of the quarts to-go.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Camp Washington Chili

3005 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington
This James Beard Award-winning local chili parlor is known for its Cincinnati-style chili. Everything on the menu is $10 or under, including coneys; 3-, 4- and 5-ways; double-deckers; melts; burgers; breakfasts; and more — with the exception of the quarts to-go.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Carl’s Deli
2836 Observatory Ave., #A, Hyde Park
A Greater Cincinnati deli staple, Carl’s has a wide variety of sandwich options, all under $10, like the hot crab and artichoke on a toasted croissant for $8.95 or the Carl's Reuben, with hot corned beef and Swiss on rye with coleslaw or sauerkraut and 1000 Island dressing for $7.95. Or enjoy a cup of soup and a half sammy for $8.50. 
Photo: Facebook.com/CarlsDeliCincinnati

Carl’s Deli

2836 Observatory Ave., #A, Hyde Park
A Greater Cincinnati deli staple, Carl’s has a wide variety of sandwich options, all under $10, like the hot crab and artichoke on a toasted croissant for $8.95 or the Carl's Reuben, with hot corned beef and Swiss on rye with coleslaw or sauerkraut and 1000 Island dressing for $7.95. Or enjoy a cup of soup and a half sammy for $8.50.
Photo: Facebook.com/CarlsDeliCincinnati
CityBird
Multiple locations including 1344 Vine St., Over the Rhine; 7893 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township; 2887 Dixie Highway, Crestview Hills
From the team behind popular Over-the-Rhine eatery The Eagle, the Thunderdome Restaurant Group created CityBird, a restaurant that specializes in chicken tenders and sandwiches. Order the snack pack of three-to-five tenders and fries, or the medium pack of six-to-seven tenders and fries for under $10. 
Photo: Facebook.com/CityBirdCincy

CityBird

Multiple locations including 1344 Vine St., Over the Rhine; 7893 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township; 2887 Dixie Highway, Crestview Hills
From the team behind popular Over-the-Rhine eatery The Eagle, the Thunderdome Restaurant Group created CityBird, a restaurant that specializes in chicken tenders and sandwiches. Order the snack pack of three-to-five tenders and fries, or the medium pack of six-to-seven tenders and fries for under $10.
Photo: Facebook.com/CityBirdCincy
Cincy Steak and Lemonade
2607 Vine St., Corryville
Craving a Philly cheesesteak? How about a chocolate milkshake? Then Cincy Steak and Lemonade is the place for you, with well over 20 different sandwiches, eight special combos and a dozen different flavors of slushie lemonades.
Photo: Facebook.com/Cincys

Cincy Steak and Lemonade

2607 Vine St., Corryville
Craving a Philly cheesesteak? How about a chocolate milkshake? Then Cincy Steak and Lemonade is the place for you, with well over 20 different sandwiches, eight special combos and a dozen different flavors of slushie lemonades.
Photo: Facebook.com/Cincys
The Whole Bowl
364 Ludlow Ave., Clifton
“Guilt free” is how The Whole Bowl likes to describe their three different sized bowl creations. Each bowl, whether it is a 12 oz., 16 oz., or 32 oz., is under $10 and packed with gluten-free and natural ingredients such as brown rice, black and red beans, avocado, cilantro, black olives, Tillamook cheddar, sour cream, salsa and secret-recipe Tali Sauce.
Photo: The Whole Bowl’s Facebook

The Whole Bowl

364 Ludlow Ave., Clifton
“Guilt free” is how The Whole Bowl likes to describe their three different sized bowl creations. Each bowl, whether it is a 12 oz., 16 oz., or 32 oz., is under $10 and packed with gluten-free and natural ingredients such as brown rice, black and red beans, avocado, cilantro, black olives, Tillamook cheddar, sour cream, salsa and secret-recipe Tali Sauce.
Photo: The Whole Bowl’s Facebook
La Mexicana Restaurant
642 Monmouth St., Newport
This Newport-based Mexican eatery lands itself on CityBeat’s Best of Cincinnati list year after year for its mouthwatering tacos. The menu ranges from Mexican-style entrees like pollo con mole or flag enchiladas to a la carte choices like tacos, burritos and tortas with your choice of meat. Tacos are less than $3 each and are delightfully filling. You can also order a torta, burrito or quesadilla for less than $10.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

La Mexicana Restaurant

642 Monmouth St., Newport
This Newport-based Mexican eatery lands itself on CityBeat’s Best of Cincinnati list year after year for its mouthwatering tacos. The menu ranges from Mexican-style entrees like pollo con mole or flag enchiladas to a la carte choices like tacos, burritos and tortas with your choice of meat. Tacos are less than $3 each and are delightfully filling. You can also order a torta, burrito or quesadilla for less than $10.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger