BEST OF DAYTON 2018: The best eats on the cheap

When it comes to eating out, cheap often wins.

The good news is that cheap can often be some of the best eats in town.

These are the top vote-getters in’s Best of 2018 contest for Best Cheap Eats.

Enjoy these Dayton dining destinations without the guilt (at least when it comes to the pocketbook)!


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🥇WINNER: Tank's Bar & Grill 

My Way Grilled Cheese. The Tank Burger. Road Kill Chili.

These are some of the most beloved items on Tank’s menu.

Tank’s is beloved for its chill vibe and its tasty eats any time of day. It’s also beloved for its affordability.

Best of Dayton voters showered love on Tank’s Bar and Grill.

Tank’s won or placed in more contests than any other contestant of any sort.

Against stiff competition, the bar and grill nabbed seven first-place wins and one second-place win.

The iconic eatery at 2033 Wayne Ave. founded by the late Dan Tankersley in 1987. Tank’s wife, Debra Tankersley, now runs the show and has added more of her own touches since his death in 2016 and has keep the restaurant’s legacy going.

Most items on the menu are $10 or less.

Want to go?

2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-252-2249 | FacebookWebsite

🥈SECOND PLACE: Hamburger Wagon 

Credit: Lauren Rinehart for

Credit: Lauren Rinehart for

The Hamburger Wagon has served the Dayton area for more than 100 years and has been ranked as one of the top 150 Hamburger Joints in the U.S. by “Hamburger America”. These burgers are simple, crispy and delicious. No cheese on these burgers. Just pickle, onion, salt and pepper. Get a single for $1.25 or a double for $2.50. You might also spot the mobile wagon at festivals and fairs this summer.

Want to go?

12 E. Central Ave., Miamisburg | 937-847-2442 | WebsiteFacebook

🥉THIRD PLACE: Taqueria Mixteca

Credit: Staff photo by Jim Witmer

Credit: Staff photo by Jim Witmer

Tried and true, Taqueria is one Mexican food stop that has never let us down. If you are looking for authentic and affordable, this is your place. Even the complimentary chips, salsa and sauces made fresh daily in house that greet you as soon as you are seated exceed expectations. Whether you stop in for a quick bowl of made-from-scratch guacamole, or you’re in for the big leagues — a ginormous chiles rellenos platter — we can almost guarantee it won’t be your last trip to Taqueria.

Want to go?

1609 E. 3rd St., Dayton | 937-258-2654 | FacebookWebsite

2190 Shiloh Springs Road, Trotwood | 937-529-7535 | FacebookWebsite

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