Eating out doesn’t have to be expensive, but some times it’s hard to find good food without blowing your budget. We found the top 11 places to grab a cheap meal in New Haven. The options range from crepes to salads, with everything in between, including macaroni and cheese hot dogs. See you later Burger King.

1.  Zaroka


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Zaroka is arguably the best Indian restaurant in New Haven and offers daily $8.95 ($10.95 on weekends) lunch buffets.  Fresh and well-stocked, the buffet boats boast classic Indian dishes like Chicken Tikka Masala and Tandoori Pork.

2.  Crepes Choupette


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In case you didn’t hear, everyone’s favorite food cart now has a storefront restaurant, too. Whether you’re in the mood for sweet or savory, Crepes Choupette can satisfy your palate.  Our favorite is the “Choupette,” a prosciutto, goat cheese, fig spread and arugula crepe cooked to perfection for only $9.00.

3. Claire’s Corner Copia


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If you’re in the mood for a healthier meal and are trying to stick to your diet or health kick then Claire’s is the place for you.  The salads are reasonably priced, all under $10.00, and come with a side of bread if the lettuce doesn’t fill you up.  Try the Puebla Salad for a fresh take on the classic southwestern salad. (If you’re willing to splurge or are feeling a little naughty, you can order a shot of their deadly icing for a mere 50¢!)

4. Sushi On Chapel


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One of Yale’s students favorite stops, Sushi on Chapel is the go to sushi restaurant in New Haven. Some favorites are the Philly Roll ($7.00), the Tuna-Avo Roll ($6.00) and the Green Dragon Roll ($10.00).

5. Est Est Est Pizza


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Est Est Est pizza rivals Pepe’s and Sally’s, but for a fraction of the cost and minus the long walk.  Open late nights, too; the next time you’re in the mood for pizza, order a medium cheese pizza from Est Est Est for only $9.95.

6. Junzi Kitchen


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Opened by Yale grads this fall, Junzi Kitchen has reinvented Asian food, providing a tasty on-the-go option. For only $9.00, you can order a Noodle Bowl and fill it with your favorite meats, vegetables and sauces.

7. Jake’s Diggity Dogs


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Chances are if you grew up in America, you’ve had a hot dog.  But you’ve never tasted a hot dog like the ones at Jake’s. Is it enough to say Mac Dog? Yup, you can get a macaroni and cheese topped hot dog for $6.00.

8. Pitaziki


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Taking a cue from Chipotle, Pitaziki makes Mediterranean food fast and delicious.  You can design your own falafel bowls, adding meats, vegetables and sauces for just $8.95.

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The home of the first hamburger and chosen as the Travel Channel’s Tastiest Burger, Louis’ Lunch is the place to go when you want a nice juicy patty. The burgers (just $6.00!) are cooked to order in the original cast iron grills and sandwiched between Louis’ special white bread.

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Thai Taste is another Yale favorite and offers generous portions of Thai Food for reasonable prices.  You can order any chicken, vegetable, or pork stir fry dish and pad-thai for only $10.95.  Whether you’re in the mood for sweet or spicy, the stir fry with satisfy your cravings.

11. Salsa Fresca


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Rivaling Chipotle as Yale’s favorite Mexican spot, Salsa Fresca boasts all-natural and delicious options like pork and rajas.  You can build your own bowl, burrito or salad for only $7.95, and what’s even better is that you get free chips!