Eating out can put a dent in a traveler’s budget. However, if you know where to go, a good meal out doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Thankfully, the Smyrna, Georgia, area is blessed with a wide selection of local, independent restaurants serving delicious food at affordable prices. Check out these local favorites to please both your palate and your wallet.
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To cure your craving for Mexican food, head to Taco Cantina on Spring Road. Small, cozy, and bright, Taco Cantina serves a variety of tacos, burritos, nachos, tortas, and other classic Mexican dishes. Customize your dish with the savory sauces and fresh toppings at the condiment bar. Reasonable prices, cold beers, and friendly service add to the joint’s local credibility. Come for lunch specials or take advantage of happy hour (5 to 7 p.m. on weeknights) for $2 select beers. Don’t be fooled by the strip mall location and minimal ambiance; Taco Cantina is a diamond in the rough!
Bowl Lab is a fresh and hip restaurant that centers its menu around single-bowl dishes. Build your own bowl with the wide selection of ingredients, or choose one of the specialty bowls, such as the Hotlanta (with spicy tuna, crab, wasabi, and pickled ginger). Prices are based on your protein amount, and toppings are unlimited. Portions are large and will likely last for more than one meal. For fresh and healthy food served alongside modern ambiance, Bowl Lab is a must!
This recently opened Vietnamese joint serves pho, bun (white rice noodles), banh mi, spring rolls, and other savory dishes at affordable prices. Vegetarians and vegans will be happy to order lunch or dinner at Pho Dakao, as there is a variety of meat-free dishes on the menu. Most dishes are around $10 and come in satisfyingly large portions. Pho Dakao’s friendly waitstaff and fast service are added bonuses. Order a boba (bubble) tea and take it as a dessert to go!
Pita Mediterranean Street Food
Pita Mediterranean Street Food has several locations around the Atlanta area, including on Cobb Drive in Smyrna. Ordering is easy, and the food comes out quickly and perfectly hot. Pita Mediterranean Street Food features Mediterranean favorites such as gyros, falafel, Greek salad, and hummus, and delicious fusion specials such as the Nutella pita. Check in on Yelp and receive a free lentil soup and pita.
Jack’s New Yorker Deli
Boasting the best sandwiches in Atlanta, Jack’s New Yorker Deli combines a New York style deli with the charm and flavors of the South. Here you can find New York Cheese Steaks, Italian subs, Reubens, and other Northeast-inspired sandwiches and paninis. Vegetarian and kids’ menus provide a tasty meal for everyone, and breakfast sandwiches start at just $4.99.
For the gastronomical tourist on a budget, Smyrna, Georgia, offers a surprisingly satisfying selection of good, cheap eats. Book a hotel near a bustling restaurant and nightlife area to minimize transit time, especially if you plan to enjoy beer or wine with your meal. Remember that popular restaurants will likely experience lunch and dinner rushes, so be sure to plan your daily activities accordingly.