The average American spends close to $150 on food every week, which means roughly 11 percent of most households' income goes towards meals and snacking. Because of this, the Deseret News compiled the 25 highest rated “cheap eats” in the greater Salt Lake area according to UrbanSpoon.com, hoping to make it a little easier for our readers to cut back on monthly food expenses. The previous list, which was decided entirely by the customer ratings as reported by UrbanSpoon, included everything from well established Utah standards like Café Rio, to more obscure options like the Cotton Bottom Inn. Even with the diverse tastes, it wasn’t quite enough to satisfy everyone. We received substantial feedback from our readers, primarily suggestions of restaurants that were not included in our list. In response, we asked our readers to give their suggestions of the best affordable restaurants in the Greater Salt Lake area. While many of the suggestions overlapped with our original list — for example, Burger Bar, Café Rio and Sills Café were very popular among our readers — the new responses have made for a very different list. The interpretation of what is “cheap” and what is “good” was left up to our readers. For example, while most of the restaurants submitted were in the “under $10” price range, there were some in the “$11 to $30” range. Another interesting difference from the previous list is the dominant food type. While both lists include numerous burger joints, the reader’s choice compilation leans more favorably towards restaurants that specialize in American food, overwhelming the UrbanSpoon list’s preference for Mexican cuisine.

15 Philadelphian
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9860 S 700 E
Sandy, Utah 84070

Price: Under $10

Food Type: Sandwiches, Cheesesteaks

14 The SugarHouse Barbeque Company
The SugarHouse Barbeque Company

880 E 2100 S
Salt Lake City, Utah 84106

Price: $11-$30

Food Type: Barbeque

13 Britton's
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694 Union Square
Sandy, Utah 84070

Price: Under $10

Food Type: American

12 Blue Plate Diner
Blue Plate Diner

2041 S 2100 E
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108

Price: Under $10

Food Type: American

11 Smashburger
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1028 E 2100 S
Salt Lake City, Utah 84106

Price: $11-$30

Food Type: Burgers

10 Tammie's Diner
Tammie's Diner

2530 W 4700 S
Salt Lake City, Utah 84118

Price: Under $10

Food Type: American

9 Park Café
Park Cafe

604 E 1300 S
Salt Lake City, Utah 84105

Price: Under $10

Food Type: American

8 Tonyburgers
Tonyburgers

613 E 400 S
Salt Lake City, Utah 84102

Price: Under $10

Food Type: Burgers

7 The Mandarin

348 East 900 North, Bountiful, Utah 84010

Price: $11-$30

Food Type: Chinese

6 Moochie's Meatballs
Moochie's

232 East 800 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

Price: Under $10

Food Type: Sandwiches

5 In 'N Out Burger
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7206 S Union Park Ave
Midvale, Utah 84047

Price: Under $10

Food Type: Burgers

4 Oh Mai
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3425 S State St
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115

Price: Under $10

Food Type: Vietnamese

3 Indochine Vietnamese Bistro
Indochine Vietnamese Bistro

230 S 1300 E, Salt Lake City, Utah 84102

Price: $11-$30

Food Type: Asian Fusion, Vietnamese

2 Red Iguana
Red Iguana

736 W North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84116-3352

Price: $11-$30

Food Type: Mexican

1 Zupas
Cafe Zupas

613 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, Utah

Price: Under $10

Food Type: Sandwiches, Soup, American

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