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The Best Cheap Eats in Champaign
The Best Cheap Eats in ChampaignAre you trying to be frugal so you can save money for a down payment on a home in Champaign County? Or maybe you're just a bit broke after the holidays? If you're battling your budget because you eat out too much, there are some great restaurants in Champaign that will help you trim your spending and still let you enjoy having someone else do the cooking. And we're not talking fast food either. Here's a few of the best places to eat on the cheap in Champaign.


If you love ice cream and custard treats, you can't beat Jarling's for value. They've been rated 'One of the best in the Nation' by NBC and '#1 Dessert & Best in the Big Ten' by Big Ten Network. They use locally sourced dairy ingredients to make sundaes, old-fashioned sodas, shakes, malts, floats, parfaits, renowned thick snowstorms, homemade waffle cones & baskets, specialty handmade cold fudge, and much more.

Meat Head Burger & Fries

If you're in the mood for a great gourmet burger, Meat Head features the best burgers in Champaign, and for the same price as fast food. And of course, they offer all the usual burger fare along with salads, chicken, hot dogs, and shakes. You can easily get a full meal for around $10.

Cafe Kopi

With a price range of $5-$10, you can enjoy some of the best coffee and sandwiches in Champaign, all in a laid back and relaxing atmosphere in an historic 100-year old building complete with its original flooring and lighting. They're also open longer hours 7 days from 7am - 11pm, so you can grab a cheap bite to eat any time.

Slim Chickens

Slim Chickens is a fast food restaurant, but you'd have a hard time telling with the fresh delicious chicken dishes they offer. With a price range of $4-$10, you can get a good and fast meal with choices like tenders, wings, chicken & waffles, sandwiches and wraps.


This burger joint offers a great selections of gourmet burgers, frozen custard, chicken sandwiches and tenders, seafood sandwiches & dinners, and much more. They top off their juicy burgers with 'butter buns' to add even more flavor.

Noodles And Company

For a great burger and sandwich alternative, Noodles & Company offers a wide range of pasta dishes to satisfy any taste, from Wisconsin Mac & Cheese to new favorites like Cauliflower Rigatoni in Light Onion Cream Sauce.

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