Whether you’re visiting Fort Worth on a per diem budget or you’re just wanting to get a little more for your money, we have some suggestions for how to eat more and spend less!  Please note that the prices are given as listed on the restaurants’ social media sites, and that the suggestions don’t include tips for servers –– please don’t forget tip Fort Worth’s hard-working service staff!

Here are five $40 a Day menu suggestions, broken out geographically.


$5  -- Start your day at Paul’s Donuts, Subs and Gyros located at 1324 Hemphill Street. Try the giant apple fritter and a beverage of your choice. The restaurant’s open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 7-11:30 a.m. on Sunday.    

Another local favorite is Funkytown Donuts. An extra sweet start to your morning will cost you between $2-4 for a large donut, minis are $1.50 and donut holes start at $0.15. 

$9 -- For lunch, you can get a fancy grilled cheese with a side of fries and house-made ketchup at The Bearded Lady. You will blow your budget if you order one of the craft beers or sides, though.  

$3 -- Sweeten up your choices with a scoop from Melt Ice Creams. The craft ice creamery Beans (Vanilla),  Chocolate Chocolate, Salt Lick, Cup of Texas and Velvet Vegan on its always menu. 

$20 -- Yucatan Taco Stand provides you several options for dinner with the $23 left in your budget. If choose the very filling grilled fish salad, you can also get a margarita. If you’d rather eat your calories than drink them, opt for beef or chicken fajitas and a tres leches cake.

TOTAL: $37


Sundance Square/Downtown

$5 ---  Begin at the Four Star Café, where all the breakfast items are less than $5. You can get a breakfast burrito with a cup of Avoca coffee, or choose a breakfast sandwich or a grande burrito.

$16 -- You might be surprised that most of Reata Restaurants lunch menu items cost less than $13. You can go lighter with a Trio platter (your choice of salad, fruit, and a scoop of chicken salad) or pick the lunch size carne asada and cheese enchilada (sort of a fancy Mexican grilled cheese with a side of steak).

$17 -- At Riscky’s Barbecue in Sundance Square, you can get a giant Southwest salad (complete with Fritos on the bottom and a sliced chicken breast on top) for about $10. Or you can get a brisket sandwich or pulled pork sandwich basket, which includes your choice of potato salad, cole slaw or fries. Because you did so well with breakfast and lunch, you can afford to splurge on cobbler a la mode or pecan pie.

TOTAL: $38

Camp Bowie District

$14 -- Lucille’s Stateside Bistro has been serving up favorites like the Dutch Baby pancake and a variety of eggs Benedict options for almost 25 years. Most of the breakfast items are under $13. If you splurge on a lump crab meat eggs Benedict, your tab will hit $17.

$11 -- At Szechuan, the weekly lunch special includes your choice of soup, an egg roll and a selection of the most popular Chinese menu items.

$15 -- You will dine like royalty at Samson’s Market Bistro, speciailzing in Ethiopian cuisine. All of the dinner menu items are under $15 for a nice variety of beef, lamb, chicken and vegetarian dishes. The restaurant’s also BYOB.  

TOTAL: $40

Cultural District

$5 -- Start the day at the venerable Montgomery Street Café. Biscuits and gravy will run you $3. French toast is $4.95.

$12.50 -- For lunch, the Kimbell Art Museum's Buffet Restaurant offers amazing chef-prepared buffet items. A small plate of your choice of soup, sandwiches and salads is $10. A large plate is $12.50. You can wander through the museum’s permanent collection at no charge.

$20 -- Make a meal in the Eddie V’s Prime Seafood bar during happy hour from 4-7 p.m. Salt and pepper shrimp and an order of Pacific Ahi tuna tartare will run about $20. Or feast on Point Judith calamari and one of the happy hour signature beverages (like The Real McCoy) for the same price. To get the specials, you have to sit in the bar, but that’s no problem – it’s home to some of the best people watching around. 

TOTAL: $37.50


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$10 -- Visit Ol’ South Pancake House and have the traditional Dutch Baby pancake with fruit for $6. They also have a good selection of omelets for under $10 and French toast for $6.

$9 --   Have lunch at Montgomery Street Café instead of breakfast. Most of the lunch plates are under $10 and the chicken fried steak is a steal at $6.50.                                                    

$19 -- Blue Sushi Sake Grill’s happy hours run weekdays from 3-6:30 p.m. and all day on Sunday. You can eat extremely well in the bar from the happy hour menu: try one of the 23 raw and cooked sushi rolls at $5.50 each. Add a pork gyoza ($6.50) or the delicious edamame hummus ($6). Wash that down with a sake bomb ($3.50) or a $7 signature house martini

TOTAL: $38