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The average American spends close to $150 on food every week. That means roughly 11 percent of the average household’s income goes towards meals and snacking. Much of that cost is attributed to a preference for eating out. Even during the height of the recession, most Americans were eating out at restaurants four to five times per week.

Finding affordable restaurants is one important way to keep monthly budgets under control. Unfortunately, finding a cheap meal in any major city is difficult, let alone one that’s actually good.

Which is why review aggregator websites such as Urbanspoon and Yelp can be such a great help while budgeting for a night out to eat. Both sites provide frank customer reviews, as well as an indication of the restaurant’s menu prices.

Urbanspoon, for example, displays the percentage of experienced patrons who enjoyed their food and dining experience, along with a dollar-sign indication of the cost. One $ means the restaurant is within the lowest price range and $$$$ signals the highest, or "fine dining."

To help make life a little easier, the Deseret News has compiled a list of the 25 best affordable restaurants in the greater Salt Lake area. Did your favorite restaurant make the cut?

26 La Hacienda
La Hacienda

Location :
1248 South Redwood Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84104

Food type: Mexican

Popular dish: Shrimp Combo Fajitas

25 Tea Rose Diner
Tea Rose Diner

Location :
65 E 5th Ave
Murray, UT 84107

Food type: Thai

Popular dish: Massaman curry

24 Cotton Bottom Inn
Cotton Bottom Inn

Location :
2820 E 6200 S
Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121

Food type: Burgers

Popular dish: Garlic Cheese Burger

23 La Sage Bistro
La Sage Bistro

Location :
6831 S 1300 E
Cottonwood, UT 84121

Food type: Sandwiches/Subs

Popular dish: Le Sage club sandwich

22 Thyme & Seasons Market Place
Thyme & Seasons Market Place

Location :
3211 Orchard Dr
Bountiful, UT 84010

Food type: Barbecue, Thai, Italian

Popular dish: Grilled salmon with orange mango sauce

21 Pizzeria Limone



Location :
1380 E. Fort Union Blvd 
Salt Lake City, UT 84121

Food type: Italian

Popular dish: Limone Pizza

20 Sill's Cafe
Sill's Cafe

Location :
335 E Gentile St
Layton, UT 84041

Food type: Diner

Popular dish: Chicken fried steak and eggs

19 Salt City Burger Co.
Salt City Burger Co.

Location :
9176 S. Village Shop Drive
Sandy, UT 84094

Food type: Burgers

Popular dish: Smokehouse Bacon Cheeseburger

18 Andy's Lounge
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Location :
501 N Washington Blvd
Ogden, UT 84404

Food type: Greek, Middle Eastern, American

Popular dish: Gyro

17 Cafe Rio



Location :
62 E 12300 S
Draper, UT 84020

Food type: Mexican

Popular dish: Chile Con Queso

16 Restaurant Morelia
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Location :
6098 S State St
Salt Lake City, UT 84107

Food type: Mexican

Popular dish: Chile Verde Burrito

15 Lucky Chen Chinese Cuisine
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Location :
5633 W 6200 S
Kearns, UT 84118

Food type: Chinese

Popular dish: Char shu wonton

14 Crown Burgers



Location :
1986 N Main St
Layton, UT 84041

Food type: Burgers

Popular dish: The Crown Burger

13 Mo' Bettah Steaks
Mo' Bettah Steaks

Location :
273 W. 500 S. #3
Bountiful, UT 84010

Food type: Hawaiian

Popular dish: chicken katsu

12 Left Fork Grill
Left Fork Grill

Location :
68 W 3900 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84107

Food type: American

Popular dish: Stuffed Pork Loin

11 Village Baker



Location :
1658 W 9000 S
West Jordan, UT 84088

Food type: Sandwiches/Subs

Popular dish: Stramboli Pizza

10 Nielsen's Frozen Custard
Nielsen's Frozen Custard

Location :
3918 Highland Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84124

Food type: Ice cream/ Fast food

Popular dish: Caramel Cashew Classic

9 Burger Bar



Location :
5291 S 1900 W
Roy, UT 84067

Food type: Burgers

Popular dish: The Big Ben

8 Adobos Caribbean Grill
Adobos Caribbean Grill

Location :
9460 South Union Square Plaza Suite 106
Sandy, UT 84070

Food type: Cuban

Popular dish: Carne Frita

7 El Chubasco



Location :
1890 Bonanza Dr
Park City, UT 84060

Food type: Mexican

Popular dish: Mondo Bowl

6 Normandie Cafe
Normandie Cafe

Location :
1984 Murray-Holladay Rd
Holladay, UT 84117

Food type: Sandwiches/Subs

Popular dish: Half veggie sand and pasta salad

5 Five Guys Burgers and Fries



Location :
10391 State Street
Sandy, UT 84070

Food type: Burgers

Popular dish: Bacon Cheeseburger

4 DP Cheesesteaks



Location :
1665 W. Towne Center Dr. 
South Jordan, UT 84095

Food type: Sandwiches/Subs

Popular dish: Philly cheesesteak

3 Enjoy
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Location :
2629 West 7800 South
West Jordan, UT 84088

Food type: Chinese

Popular dish: Orange chicken

2 Lone Star Taqueria



Location :
2265 Fort Union Blvd
Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121

Food type: Mexican

Popular dish: Pescado Taco

1 More ideas to keep your meals inexpensive
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