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Who wants to Eat Cheap?

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) -

Some local restaurant owners say the cost of food has gone up 30 percent in the last year, so it's getting pretty tough to find Cheap Eats for lunch. You could make it yourself, but who has time for that?

To qualify as a "Cheap Eats," the lunch must include a main course, a side, and a drink, including tax, for five dollars or less. Can anyone still sell it for a Lincoln?

Since KLTV is located in downtown Tyler, let's start there. At the bottom of the People's Bank Building is "Quick and Healthy Sandwiches". Okay, so they may be quick, and they may be healthy, but are they cheap?

"We have sandwiches, we have quesadillas, we have soft tacos, chicken enchiladas," said Rosa Ruvalcava, who works at the restaurant.

"So you have a very wide selection of stuff that comes to less than five dollars including tax," I said.

"Oh, yeah," Rosa agreed.

They have nine different meals that come to $4.97 or less. Even breakfast. Customers love it.

"I travel a lot and it's really hard to find something that's cheap, good and healthy," a customer said.

A few miles away at the corner of Front Street and Clayton, another cheap eat is lurking. Margaritas Restaurant has a special they just started running. You get a crunchy taco, beans, rice, all the chips and salsa you can put away, and a drink.

Supervisor Florencio Campos said, "It comes with the ground beef, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and you have an option as well of shredded chicken or shredded beef. Ask for the ‘Cheetah Special' and we'll take care of you from there. "

Your total with tax? Five dollars even.

A mile or so west is D's Royal Coffee Shop at 710 Front Street. If you're one of those who likes breakfast all day long, you're in luck. They serve up one egg, toast and jelly and two pieces of bacon or one sausage with two cups of coffee for only $4.38.

That's our cheap eats winner this time around.

"Now that is a cheap eat. But you know what? I am getting really full," I admitted.

Next time I think I'll bring along Mark Scirto, our Chief Meterologist... Maybe I need to think about that a little more. I could end up with no lunch at all.

There is one more place we didn't tell you about on KLTV Channel 7 News at 6. At the Egg Roll Express at 510 West Front Street in Tyler, you can get soup, one egg roll and a drink for only $4.35.

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