Where to “eat cheap” in Indy

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Spend less. Eat more! That’s the motto of this week’s segment with Eat Drink Indy’s Jolene Ketzenberger. Today on Indy Style, she shares the top six places to “eat cheap” in Indy.


Courses Bakery & Cafe, the student-run lunch spot at Ivy Tech’s culinary facility at 2820 N. Meridian St. Everything is made in-house, using as much local ingredients as possible. And they have great prices — under $5 for a burger or a duck panini.



La Chinita Poblana in Broad Ripple at 927 Westfield Blvd. Terrific Asian-inspired tacos, $3 each. You’ll also find them at the Broad Ripple Farmers’ Market.



The Donut Shop Bakery and Restaurant at 5527 N. Keystone Ave. Fresh baked yeast and cake donuts and other sweets and also very inexpensive breakfast and lunch items. Specials, like a soup and sandwich, are often under $4. Two eggs, hash browns and toast is $3.75.



Tiny House Treats, a new business in the 54th and the Monon area, serves ice cream, sundaes and shakes, but it also offers several sandwiches, like a coney dog, with house-made coney sauce, for $3.89.


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Garcia’s Hot Dogs is another favorite. Mr. Garcia operates his hot dog stand at 16th Street and Emerson Avenue almost every day, even in winter. You can get a hot dog or sausage loaded with fresh toppings for $3.75. Or check Facebook and see when he has bacon-wrapped dogs.



The Oasis Diner at 405 W. Main St. In Plainfield, also has great prices. They have a very generous serving of biscuits and gravy for $3.50. A slice of homemade pie is $3.25 — and all the baked goods, even bread, are made in house.

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