Cheap Eats: Eating for $10 or Less on West 6th Street

Great food doesn't have to cost a ton. West 6th is packed with lunch, happy hour, dinner and brunch for under $10.

One of the lesser known things about West 6th is that we have food options. You can quickly pop down for lunch during the week, happy hour snacks, dinner and brunch. We aren’t vying for James Beard awards, but we have plenty of approachable and predictably good food on the block. Bonus, it’s moderately priced, casual and satisfying. Anyone on a budget can find sustenance on West 6th. Here are our favorite meals for $10 or less.

Where to Find the Eats

Holy Roller

New kid on the block, Holy Roller, is the great dessert (or anytime) spot. Callie Speer is infamous for her creativity, and Holy Roller’s electric dessert menu doesn’t disappoint. Indulge in soft serve of the day with cookies and sprinkles ($6), the choco taco with a waffle shell, soft serve, chocolate dip and cunchies ($8), or honey cake with basil cream, cake crunch, berries, and brittle ( $8). Want something a little more savory? Go with the Time Bomb sandwich with an apple bun, warm apple butter, shaved ham, and thyme streusel ($9).

Frank & Angie’s

Frank & Angie’s has great Italian-American classics at moderate prices. The biggest bang for your buck is the lunch special. For just $6.99 you can get a single slice (two toppings), generous salad and house focaccia bread. Calzones range from $8.75 to $9.25. Our favorite is the La Motta with house-made Italian meatballs and ricotta cheese, but you can also choose your three-ingredient calzone (cheese and marinara included) for $8.50. On the healthier side, all salads are under $10. Try the giant “Angiepasto” with green leaf and iceberg lettuce, spinach, bell pepper, mushroom, Italian salami, capocolla ham, mozzarella, black olives, tomato, and pepperoncini. Their popular Fellini sandwich with herb vinaigrette, eggplant, red onion, green bell pepper, sun dried tomatoes, green leaf lettuce, and provolone runs just $8.25.

The Dogwood

The Dogwood kitchen serves up pretty great Southern comfort food. Even better, their happy hour has several items for only $5. Try the Cajun chicken fritters with ranch and gravy; bacon wrapped shrimp with Shiner BBQ sauce; sweet potato tots; calamari with marinara and cilantro avocado cream; or a half-rack of coffee-rubbed pork ribs with cilantro chimichurri. Monday night is burger night with $3 off all burgers. Try the Dogwood burger with fried green tomato, bacon, queso, lettuce, onion, and pickle all on a jalapeño cheddar bun. Don’t want to branch out? A classic burger is only $6.

Dogwood doesn’t stop there – nearly everything on their “hangover brunch” menu is under $9. Our picks are the Hair of the Dogwood burrito stuffed with scrambled eggs, home fries, cheese, and bacon (topped with queso and gravy). We also dig into the Dogwood Bennies with Black forest ham, over easy egg, bacon, a goat cheese-stuffed jalapeño, house chorizo hollandaise and jalapeno cheddar buns for $7.

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Star Bar / Tumble 22

Over at Star Bar, Tumble 22 has become one of the hottest spots on the block for weekday lunches, happy hour and late night eats. The OG Classic Chicken Sandwich with all natural chicken breast, kale sale, bread and butter pickles and Duke’s mayo only sets you back $8.50. A Southern Chicken Sandwich with the same toppings but with a juicy chicken thigh is $7.50. Pick your heat level and grab a Topo — Tumble is dang hot (and dang good). Pro tip: happy hour offerings include $5 sandwiches or single chicken items (5 pm – 6:30 pm daily).

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Little Woodrow’s / One Taco

Little Woodrow’s is home to OneTaco where you can snag two pastor tacos ($2.77 each) and a small queso for under $10 bucks.

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Hut’s Hamburgers

Hut’s Hamburgers has always been a heck of deal. Not only do they offer 2-for-1 burger nights on Wednesday, but nearly their entire menu is also $10 or less. They have nightly blue plate specials that only set you back $9.95. Pro tip: the meatloaf is just like momma made it.

Monday: Chicken Fried Chicken | Tuesday: Chicken Fried Steak | Wednesday: Ham Steak | Thursday:  Meat Loaf | Friday: Fried Catfish

Kung Fu Saloon

Kung Fu Saloon’s new location has food in house. We’re big fans of the sinful cookie dough egg roll ($8) and the kimchi cheese tots with bacon, cheddar cheese, Korean rib eye, smoky queso and scallions ($9.50). We love the novelty of the Cap n’ Crunch fried pickles ($6) and their signature Cheeseburger egg rolls ($9). Pro tip: on “Munchie Monday” if you buy a non-alcoholic beverage (hello, Topo Chico), you get a free personal pizza.

J. Black’s Feel Good Kitchen

J. Black’s has great food at moderate prices. Don’t miss the hummus, which is made in house and served with veggies and warm pita bread ($10). We also love the Classic Mac + Cheese ($7) and the grilled cheese with tomato dipping sauce ($8). Pizzas are half price from 2 pm to close on Wednesday and from 11 am – 7 pm on Friday ($6-$9). Texas sized breakfast tacos (served with home fries or fresh fruit) are all between $6.50 and $7 during Saturday and Sunday brunch.