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Cheap Eats: 6 Classic Louisville Meals Under $6

Zagat, the online blog for all things gourmet, named Louisville one of 8 "Awesome Foodie Getaways" in 2012. The city boasts that rare combination of soul food roots with modern flourishes, thanks to an influx of Latino, Asian, and African immigrants. The chutzpah of food entrepreneurs in Louisville is admirable, especially when house specialties are affordable for the man (or woman) on the street. Here are six great food options for less than six bucks in Louisville.

Dogs: Done Right, Done Red

Red's Comfort Foods offers BBQ hot dogs, sausage dogs, and, for vegans, tofu dogs with all the trimmings. For $3, hungry partygoers can grab a dog with sauerkraut, hot peppers, or gouda cheese off the menu either at their main location at 514 Muhammad Ali Boulevard, or on-the-go on 4th street between Liberty and Jackson.

Fly to La Coop

If you're looking to graze and down a few beverages, try out La Coop, where with your $5 sangria you get charcuterie samplers of the restaurants tapas…for free! The owner, Brett Davis, brought back the notion of free nibblers at happy hour when he toured the European bar scene. The sampler and sip concept is a great and affordable way to check out the otherwise upscale La Coop restaurant.

Perfect Gnosh at NamNam

Grab a fabulous, flavorful sandwich at the NamNam cafe at 318 Wallace. Their authentic Vietnamese cuisine is made with local and organic produce, and naturally raised meats. Reasonably priced lunches can be had for $5.50.

Fly Away to Mulligans for Wings, Every Night

Mulligans is a comfortable sports bar serving 35 cent wings every day from 3 PM onwards. For $6, you can get 17 wings drenched in bourbon glaze, jerk, or buffalo sauces. While the wings are predictably flavored, the generosity of portion size and the crazy cheap price make Mulligans one of the best value places to knock back some snacks in Louisville.

Mexican/Texican BBQ Fusion

While not everything on the menu of this favorite BBQ spot is under $6, most lunch portions come with an option between $4 and $6, including the cherry ribs, quarter chicken, and boneless pork chop. Diners on a budget can sample the renowned traditional foods of Kentucky in this authentic, homey BBQ joint on Highway 146.

Hungry? Go See Mrs. Z

The all-American breakfast is on special everyday at Mrs. Z's, with platters cooked just the way you like 'em ranging from $2.99 to $5.00 for the steak and eggs. A three-egg omelet is just $3.99, making Mrs. Z's the perfect spot to start your day (or afternoon; breakfast at Mrs. Z's is served until 5 PM!).

Alongside what people might consider “classic'” Louisville cuisine is an emerging dining scene combining hometown comforts with world fusion flavors. These tastes are made even better with the down home value you can still find, even as Louisville makes a name for itself as a foodie destination. It may be hard to weed out the exceptional from the bland when seeking that affordable treat, so grab this list of six-under-six before you go.

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