5 Baltimore Restaurants Serving Inexpensive Meals Under $10

As inflation rates rise, dining out has inevitably become more and more of a luxury. This year, the consumer price index for out-of-home food rose 7.6% in July, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

But many local restaurants keep prices low enough to impress with inexpensive meals. They may not have table service, lavish interior decorations, liquor license, or many frills that can boost the check. Instead, they reduced everything to the most important part anyway: food. Here are five restaurants where Baltimoreans can get solid meals for $10 or less.

from Seton Hill Culture Caribbean cuisine knows why you’re here – the classic Jamaican jerk mix with Scotch bonnet peppers and allspice, the sweet BBQ sauce with lingering heat and the mild yellow curry, slathered like a sauce on the clamshell takeout containers. Guests can swap out chicken, oxtail, goat, or shrimp, and small portions are $7, including both sides. The restaurant knows these are winners, the kind of spice blends that warm the brisket and keep diners coming back again and again. Therefore, the rest of the menu serves as something of a pit crew for star sprinters.

The list of sides leans towards the starchy foods — plantains, rice and beans, mashed potatoes — things that will soak up all those rich sauces. Sweet and chewy coconut bread ($2.50), baked locally, makes a sloppy sandwich or vehicle for eating fingers at a time. The Lemon Cake ($3.50) on its own might be read as overly sweet and lacking in acid, but after all that spiciness and heaviness, it feels great, as does washing it down with a homemade ginger drink. and pineapple. 512 Pennsylvania Ave.

Every Saturday morning at Fells Point Farmers Market, the Empanadas DMV stand draws a line that extends beyond the next two retailers. Ask a regular customer or salesperson what’s a tasty bite to eat right now, and the answer will likely be, “Go get an empanada.” Despite the line empanadas stay warmreleasing puffs of hot air when bitten, a gooey filling runs down the chin.

At $4 each (or $4.50 in store), DMV’s empanadas have a strong fullness-to-cost ratio and are easy to snack on while strolling through one of the markets – the Baltimore Farmer’s Market under I-83 , Cross Street Market and 32nd Street Farmers Market, in addition to Fells Point – or at the brick-and-mortar Gaithersburg.

Beef is the chef’s top choice with potatoes, sweet corn and black olives tossed in the filling, a family recipe, but Marylanders will love the Old Bay Shrimp filling, which is brimming with onions, peppers, celery and mozzarella. The spicy chicken has just enough of a buffalo kick to scorch the tongue, but is sweetened with a creamy sauce of garlic, bell pepper, habanero, jalapeno, mayonnaise and a blend of seasonings. secret. “The homemade seasoning is included in almost every empanada and gives it a special kick,” said Gaithersburg store manager Miguel Vasquez. And of course, each empanada has a perfectly golden, firm yet soft crust. 113 E. Diamond Avenue, Gaithersburg

Don’t be put off by Highlandtown’s unassuming aesthetic Pupuseria El Salvador. Sure, the walls are adorned with huge photos of the food, but these dishes deserve some recognition, especially the restaurant’s signature item, the pupusa.

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About the size of pancakes, pupusas are a stuffed flatbread that becomes crispy on the griddle. This iteration absolutely slobbers queso, though the toppings — chicken, chicharrón, or loroco (an edible flower with a fresh, earthy flavor), to name a few — can get a little off. A small salad on top and a bottle of sweet salsa on the table help cut the fat.

At $2.35 each, pupusas are a comfort food bargain, but this one-wall menu offers other inexpensive Salvadoran classics; think corn or chicken tamales ($2.35), beef-stuffed pastelitos ($4.99) and yuca with chicharrón ($7.99). 3712 East Ave.

Parked in downtown Market Place and East Lombard Street, Yomna Halal Gyro Trolley reminiscent of those who invade the Rockefeller Center neighborhood in Manhattan, the smell of grilled meat wafting through the street. Lamb, chicken and falafel are the staples of the refined menu and served as a plate of rice, salad, wrap, tabouna sandwich or gyro.

The browned falafel is crumbly and full of spice and, when served over a king-size bed of yellow rice, a hearty vegetarian dish ($10 with free soda). Hot sauce and lemony tzatziki bring it all together.

Chewy Chicken Gyros Pitas ($8) are packed with tender chunks of well-seasoned meat, topped with lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, tzatziki and hot sauce. Arm yourself with a stack of towels; it’s the kind of meal that we attack more than we eat. 92 Market Square

Yum’s Asian bistro in North Baltimore is the kind of neighborhood take-out outlet that packs brown paper bags with sauces, chopsticks, fortune cookies and entrees under $10. The menu is huge, covering favorite American versions of Chinese dishes, as well as Thai, hibachi, sushi, and even some Cajun dishes. It’s probably trying to do too much (avoid the sushi and sashimi), but the must-haves are worth returning to.

Take, for example, the chicken lo mein (small, $7.75; large, $10.65). Silky egg noodles with just the right amount of fat are just waiting to be swallowed. The shrimp spring rolls ($4.35 for two) are golden and crispy enough to withstand the take-out trip, and the tom yum soup (small, $4.95; large, $7.95) carries tropical hints of lemongrass and pineapple with more depth of flavor than expected. The lobster salad starter ($8.75) has a good amount of meat, drizzled with a lightly spiced sauce and punctuated with sesame seeds. Put it on toast to mimic an Asian lobster salad roll. 2501 N. Charles Street

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