Five Fabulous Cheap Eats under $10 in College Station


As a college student, finding a place to get good food that’s also cheap eats can seem impossible. Yet, in College Station, there are a few excellent choices available.

Many of the places are right by the Texas A&M University campus. For those who want to find something that is tasty and still fits your budget, these are some of the best locations to check out in the area.

The Dixie Chicken

307 University Dr, College Station, TX 77840 | (979) 846 2322

The Dixie Chicken has a big menu and with that comes a lot of good food at competitive prices. For main plates, consider the chicken fajita tacos, dixie tacos, chicken strips, fried chicken salad, or grilled chicken salad. All of these are under $10. The location also has a number of sandwiches including fried chicken, BLTs, and grilled cheese (with or without a burger). There are several burger options available with extras and add-ons to help make this a full meal. Consider the chili for a filling option. The meals are filling and the food is cooked well here. It’s going to feel like eating at home for many in College Station.

The Dixie Chicken: The town and the university have changed, but the Chicken has remained timeless – generations of Aggies have walked through the same swinging doors for a great burger or a cold beer.

Fuego Tortilla Grill

108 Poplar St, College Station, TX 77840 | (979) 703 1804

Fuego Tortilla Grill is a bit of a nicer establishment than some locations. It’s Mexican street food with lots of flavors and made from scratch. It is hard to beat this restaurant when it comes to a menu that is packed with cheap eats that taste exceptional. First, consider a stop for breakfast for chorizo and eggs or El Guapo, a pulled pork, egg, grill onion, and frijoles meal that’s only $4. Still, what most people come here for are the tacos. Choose from beef, chicken, pork, fish, and vegetarian options. Each one is made with very fresh ingredients. And, each one is priced generally around $7, sometimes much less. The Fuego Bowl is another option. It is a char-flamed chicken bowl with rice, charro beans, peppers and onions, fresh guacamole, and pico de gallo. It’s only $6.

Fuego Tortilla Grill: Popular all-hours counter-serve joint dishing rotisserie chicken, queso & made-from-scratch tacos.

Freebirds World Burrito

319 University Dr, College Station, TX 77840 | (979) 846-9298

A visit to Freebirds World Burrito is another must for college students looking for cheap eats close to home. It’s fast and easy to enjoy Mexican food. Choose from burritos, bowls, and salads. For those on a diet, the low-carb bowls are filling and a bit healthier for you. There are also tacos and nachos here. One of the nice benefits of eating here is that the costs are really controllable. You can choose the ingredients you want and create the meal that’s right for you and your budget. You’ll still get a lot of food for your $10 here. Don’t forget the chips and queso as well.

Freebirds World Burrito: Counter-serve, build-your-own-burrito chain with a natural-foods focus, also serving tacos & salads.

Yummi Yummi Mongolian Grill & Sushi

900 Harvey Rd #14, College Station, TX 77840 | (979)703 5992

Yummi Yummi Mongolian Grill and Sushi is quite the place to enjoy a meal. For college students who can do so, try coming during happy hour which is between 7 pm and 9 pm, or for lunch between 12 pm and 3 pm for better pricing (all day Monday is happy hour, too). There are a lot of food options to select from here including all of your favorite Asian options. Choose egg rolls (or numerous other types). They also offer some fun options like sushi pizza. There are salads, fresh soups, and the grill itself. Most of the Mongolian grill options are $10.99, but that may be well within budget when you consider the amount of food you’ll get here. Don’t forget to grab some sushi, too.

Yummi Yummi Mongolian Grill & Sushi: Casual Pan-Asian eatery in a strip mall with a full bar offering specialty sushi & takeout dishes.

The Tacobar

Another Mexican establishment to visit for cheap eats in College Station is The Tacobar. It’s a pretty simple concept with lots of fresh food and outstanding service. Get a taco for under $5. Get a torta for just $8. A bowl, plate, or nachos are all under $10 as well. You can choose all types of options for fillings including beef, picadillo, rice, chicken, pastor, carnitas, and more. There are numerous toppings to add to that at no extra charge (and a few that are a bit more expensive). This location gets busy but it has just the right large portions for many college students to enjoy.

The Tacobar: Tacos & other Mexican staples are offered in a low-key space with a large selection of hot sauces.

Finding the right meal for this evening in College Station may be easier to do than you may have thought with these cheap eats options.