5 places to eat under $40 for a family of four - Dallas Metro Moms

Are you ready to discover the mouthwatering dining options that Dallas offers?

You and the family can enjoy these five budget-friendly spots for any occasion. 

Cris and John

Address: 5555 Preston Oaks Rd.#5 Dallas TX 75254

Budget-friendly Vietnamese-Mexican Street food for the whole family.  They offer eight different options for their $30 weekly specials. For their special, you can choose one side of broth: beef or veggie. One of their ramenrrito, which is what you guessed, is ramen in a burrito. Two tacos, elote, and loaded fries. Cris and John also offer a $35 Angry Tray with Tacos, Pho, Wings, and a Bao Bun. Also on the menu is a $35 Birria and Phorrito Platter, which comes with wings, tacos, a Phorrito, and fries. If you’re looking for vegan-friendly options, there are choices. There is a $25 vegan Phorrito Platter, a $30 Vegan Double Burrito Platter, and a $3o Vegan drink and Bun Platter. But note that Saturdays and Mondays are the only days of the week that they are closed.

El Vecino

Address: 718 N Buckner Blvd, Dallas, TX 75218

El Vecino is a neighborhood Tex-Mex restaurant. Wednesdays at El Vecino come alive with their unbeatable enchiladas dinner special priced at just $6.99. This special offers you a plate of two delicious enchiladas, where the choice between cheese, beef, or chicken falls in your hands. And that’s not all – your plate comes with rice and beans. It’s a dining experience meant to be consumed in-house, as the offer is exclusively for dine-in.

Serious Pizza

Address: 2807 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226

At your service are the specialty and build-your-own pizzas. Specialty pizzas span two sizes: a grand 18” for $21.25 and an even grander 24” for $32.75. Craving something bigger? Opt for the 30” build-your-own pizza, priced at $32.50, though that price is only for a simple cheese pizza. It’s worth noting that every meat and veggie added is an additional $4 per item for the build-your-own. Should you want a cheese pizza, the 30” is for you. But if you are looking for meats and veggies, stick to one of the 18” or 24” specialty pizzas.


Address: 5610 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206

Discover the essence of Italy right in Dallas at Campisi’s. Elevate your Tuesday nights with their $8.99 spaghetti night special. This special offers a plate of spaghetti with their famous house salad and house bread. Please note that this special treat is available for dine-in only, ensuring you enjoy the inviting atmosphere of Campisi’s.

Big Shucks

Address: 5610 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206

Looking for a seafood restaurant that is budget-friendly? Look no further

Then, Big Shucks Oyster Bar and its irresistible weekly specials. From Monday to Friday, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., you can treat yourself to a range of mouthwatering dishes, all priced at just $7.99. Let’s dive into the delectable offerings that await you:

Monday Special – Catfish Filet Feast

Ease into the week with a plateful of goodness. For $7.99, enjoy a succulent catfish filet served alongside golden fries, two hush puppies, and a refreshing side of coleslaw.

Tuesday Special – Grilled Tilapia Tacos

On Tuesdays, let your taste buds dance with delight. For $7.99, enjoy two grilled tilapia tacos nestled within corn tortillas with Pico de Gallo, creamy avocado, and a drizzle of cilantro ranch. Rice completes this satisfying dish.

Wednesday Special – Blackened Shrimp Salad

A midweek treat awaits on Wednesdays. For $7.99, savor a zesty blackened shrimp salad with crisp green leaf lettuce, juicy tomatoes, creamy avocado, and some parmesan cheese.

Thursday Special – Fried Shrimp 

Thursdays call for fried shrimp delight. Indulge in five perfectly fried shrimp served alongside fries, two hush puppies, and a side of coleslaw, all for just $7.99.

Friday Special – Best of Both Worlds

Wrap up your week with the ultimate combo. For $7.99, relish the harmony of flavors as you enjoy one catfish filet and two fried shrimp. This dish is accompanied by fries, two hush puppies, and a side of coleslaw.

Stan’s Blue Note

Address: 2908 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

Tuesdays just got a whole lot better with Stan’s Blue Note’s irresistible daily special! Every Tuesday, enjoy a mouthwatering burger for just $3.99, available from when the kitchen opens and up until it closes. However, please note that this deal requires the purchase of a beverage.