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The Best Cheap Eats in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

You don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy these eateries.

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Want to eat out without breaking the bank? You can get a great feed for a bargain price at these Leeds cafes and restaurants.

Eating out doesn’t have to be expensive – and it doesn’t always have to be at a restaurant either. These fifteen options are quick and easy. We’ve got street food, we’ve got bars and we’ve got cracking little cafes where the food will put a smile on your face. So if you want to eat out on a budget, this is where to go.

Senbon Sakura

Senbon Sakura

For a taste of authentic Japanese cuisine, make a beeline for Senbon Sakura. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but they really know what they’re doing in the kitchen – and they don’t charge the earth. You can get a steaming bowl of Cha-sui Noodle Soup with their homemade pork bone stock and thick udon noodles for just £8.30. Or why not treat yourself to a Chicken Karaage Bento Box for £11? You’ll get diced chicken in thin batter with vegetable tempura, steamed Japanese rice, mixed salad and miso soup.

Senbon Sakura, 71 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BR.

The Falafel Guys

The Falafel Guys

Imagine being able to visit TripAdvisor’s no.1 rated eatery in Leeds and getting change from a tenner. That’s exactly what you can do at The Falafel Guys and the food is top drawer. It will only cost you £4 to get three of their own recipe falafel balls in a wrap or salad bowl and for a quid extra you can throw inn halloumi or chicken shawarma. It’s piled high with garlic mayo, chilli sauce, salad and their own homemade tahini. They come absolutely loaded, so you’re definitely getting bang for your buck here.

The Falafel Guys, outside Marks and Spencer, 47 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HF.

Dough Boys

A slice of Dough Boy's Pizza, Belgrave Canteen and Music Hall, Leeds

Fancy a pint and a slice of pizza? Go straight to Belgrave Music Hall and join the queue at Dough Boys. Their pizza slices are absolutely adored – and it’s easy to see why. You can pick up a giant slice from £2.40 – try the likes of Queen Brie, with its combo of French brie, roasted grapes and caramelised onions, or go for the Baa No More, which brings together Middle Eastern spiced ground lamb, pine nuts, pomegranate, pecorino and baby red chard. Top tip – get a half price slice anytime before 5pm on Friday and Saturday or 7pm Sunday to Thursday.

Dough Boys, Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen, 1-1a Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.

Patty Smith’s

Patty Smith's burgers

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If pizza’s not your thing, head to Patty Smith’s instead. Here it’s all about gooey, juicy burgers at budget-busting prices. Their cornerstone is the Dirty Burger, a Yorkshire beef patty smothered in American mustard, chipotle mayo and double cheese for just £5.95. The Colonel Patty is a quid more, but it comes with spiced fried chicken breast, Sriracha chilli sauce and pickled red cabbage. Want something to share while you drink? Their Session Fries are a joy for £5.75 – you’ll get a huge mountain of chips covered in smoked pancetta, pecorino, pickled chillies, Sriracha chilli mayo and rosemary sea salt.

Patty Smith’s, Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen, 1-1a Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.

Neon Cactus

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You might know of it more as a Call Lane party bar, but earlier in the day, Neon Cactus is a Mexican street food haven and the prices are surprisingly low. Tacos are the order of the day here – they’re just £7 and you can choose any two of their fillings, which include the likes of chicken tinga, pulled pork and ancho beef. They even have a tasty little veggie option, if you’re forgoing meat – how does black bean mole & charred corn sound? They also do heaving plates of nachos, quesadillas and wings for under a tenner.

Neon Cactus, 35 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.

Outlaws Yacht Club

Catalan sausage, Outlaws Yacht Club

Outlaws Yacht Club is a cool, laid-back bar that serves cheap eats all day long. Pop in at lunchtime and you can bag yourself one of their heaving sandwiches served on a Leeds Bread Co-op ciabatta. Will you go for the hummus, sun-dried tomato and feta for £3.70 or the famous Outlaws Grilled Cheese, which comes oozing with Emmental, farmhouse cheddar, brie, red onion and gherkins for £4.95. In the evening, you can get one of their charcuterie boards which gets you a choice of 4 meats and cheeses for £10.95 or you can go for one of their small plates, like the Wilson’s Pork Pie or the Catalan Mini Sausage from just £2.50.

Outlaws Yacht Club, 38 New York Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DY.

The Crepe Hut

The Crepe Hut, Leeds Kirkgate Market

Bargain seekers will love The Crepe Hut in Leeds Kirkgate Market. They cook up a mix of sweet and savoury pancakes from just £3.70. Try yours with sweet Nutella and sliced bananas or Morello cherries and Galaxy chocolate for an indulgent treat. Looking for something a little more filling? They serve up classics like the ham and cheese or you can go all out with the sweet chilli chicken and roasted red peppers.

The Crepe Hut, Leeds Kirkgate Market, Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7JJ.

Caravanserai

Caravanserai

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When it comes to cheap eats, Caravanserai is a great shout. It’s got the feel of a Moroccan bazaar, but in the heart of Leeds – and you can dig into a menu of Middle Eastern and North African street food done incredibly well. Downstairs, they serve up a menu that you can take away, with Lebanese sandwiches like their famous chicken shawarma from just £4 a pop. But if you’re staying in, you can choose from a much bigger menu, including their Ottoman barbecue – try the Zagaleel, a baby chicken marinated in their secret spices and stuffed minced lamb and rice for £7.50.

Caravanserai, 1 Crown Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DA.

Man V Roast

Man v Roast

Fancy a cheap roast dinner? You can get one for just £4.50 at Man v Roast in Hyde Park. It’s a carvery restaurant that does things a little differently, giving you the option to eat in or takeaway. Pop by any day of the week and take your pick from the likes of turkey, beef, gammon, pork, chicken and sausage (or lamb for 40p extra). All their meats come from Sykes House Farm, so you know they’re going to be good. You’ll also get seasonal veg, two kinds of potatoes, stuffing, a Yorkshire pudding and a bucketload of gravy. Prefer a light bite? Their roast meat sandwiches are just £3.30.

Man V Roast, 144 Cardigan Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1LL.

Mr Mackerel

Mr Mackerel

Woaaahhh. Don’t let the name put you off. You don’t have to like fish to love Mr Mackerel. In fact, it’s their kebabs that have us coming back for more. They do lamb or chicken, cooked fresh to order on the grill and served up on a Turkish flatbread with a small bowl of warming lentil soup, a hefty pile of rice and bucketload of crisp salad complete with pickled chillis. This is a right good feed and it’s yours for under a fiver. If you do want to try their signature mackerel, it’s best enjoyed in a sarnie for just £3.

Mr Mackerel, Leeds Kirkgate Market, 28-34 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.

Primo’s Gourmet Hot Dogs

Hot dogs at Primo's, Leeds Corn Exchange

Primo’s Gourmet Hot Dogs is an old favourite – and with good reason. You can indulge in a simple classic, in a million different ways, with loads of different toppings to choose from. They have four different sausages – an All Beef Frankfurter, a Pork Bockwurst, Pork & Beef Frank or Veggie Tofu Sausage. Try one of them in their Classic Dog with house onions or sauerkraut for just £3.25. Or go for something a little more extravagant, like the Spanish Harlem, a large beef dog, loaded with chorizo chilli, pico salsa, Monterey Jack and sour cream.

Primo’s Gourmet Hot Dogs, Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.

Jenny’s Jerk Chicken

Jenny's Jerk Chicken

Jenny’s Jerk Chicken is the place to go for proper Caribbean food that won’t cost you the earth. Follow your nose to their Kirkgate Market home, where you’ll find them cooking up jerk chicken every day. For £5 of you hard earned cash, you can get a salad box filled with jerk BBQ chicken, jerk saltfish cakes or a veggie bean cake on a bed of fresh salad. And if you want to try a real Caribbean classic, you can get their famous curried goat for £6 – it’s so tender the meat just falls off the bone, and you can get it with a choice of coconut rice or rice and peas.

Jenny’s Jerk Chicken, Leeds Kirkgate Market, 28-34 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.

Slocken

Slocken

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Slocken is the latest addition to Call Lane, but while it may be a bar, they do a roaring trade come lunchtime, thanks to their 7 inch pizzas. They come in the most weird and wonderful flavours – you can get a Sunday Dinner, complete with a Yorkshire pud, or indulge in a lovely Little Fryup Dale complete with baked bean base. They even do an Indian-inspired one with a bhaji, marinated lamb, goats cheese, chillies and mango puree on a dark curry base. Whichever you choose, it’ll cost you just £7 with a pint from 12pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Slocken, 10-12 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DN.

Manjit’s Kitchen

Manjit's Kitchen, Trinity Kitchen

Treat yourself to an array of traditional Punjabi dishes from just £4 at Manjit’s Kitchen without breaking the bank. They’re famous for their chaats, and they have two for you to choose from – there’s a traditional samosa and a less conventional watermelon one (don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it). You’ve got wraps and curries too – they even do a three curry thali, which gives you all of the day’s different curries in one tray with rice for just £5.95.

Manjit’s Kitchen, Leeds Kirkgate Market, 28-34 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.

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