Eating out for lunch has become the norm, especially because not everyone has the time to assemble their own meals at home and bring it with them to work. But while having lunch outside can be fun and exciting, it can also get pretty expensive if you do if every single day. Before you know it, your lunch expenses pile up and you’re paying more than you bargained for.
Making your own lunch is definitely cheaper, but the good news is that many restaurants now offer combos or specials that make lunch so much more affordable. Once you know about these deals, picking a place to eat out for lunch would be so much easier. Below are some of the best lunch menus that give you a bang for your buck:
Cost: $7.49 – $9.49
With Applebee’s, lunch might just become your favorite meal of the day. Available until 3 in the afternoon from Monday to Friday, Applebee’s lunch menu allows you to create a combo by choosing any two of the options they have available. You get to pick from a list of soups, salads, and sandwiches, and depending on what you choose, you pay for either of the following:
- Classic + Classic ($7.49)
- Classic + Signature ($8.49)
- Signature + Signature ($9.49)
The Classic Menu gives you some guaranteed favorites like the Tomato Basil Soup and Southwest Steak & Black Bean Soup. You can also choose the Caesar Salad or the House Salad, and for the sandwiches you can get something as interesting as the Three-Cheese Chicken Cavatappi.
Their Signature Menu is of course more special, with items like French Onion Soup, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Thai Shrimp Salad, Clubhouse Grille, and the 4-Cheese Mac & Cheese with Honey Pepper Chicken Tenders.
Cost: $6 – $8
When you visit Chili’s from Monday to Friday, as long as it’s between 11am and 4pm, you get to enjoy their featured lunch combos that already include soup or salad. These lunch combos include some of Chili’s most loved food items, but at a much more affordable price. To give you an idea of what you can get for less than $8, check out the list below:
$6 Combos – Half Flatbread Classic Margherita, Half Southwestern BLT Toasted Sandwich, Half Classic Turkey Toasted Sandwich
$7 – $7.49 Combos – Smoked Chicken Quesadillas, Margarita Chicken Fresh Mex Bowl, Big Mouth Bites, Half California Grilled Chicken Flatbread, Chipotle Chicken Fresh Mex Bowl, Bacon Ranch Chicken Quesadillas, Half Chipotle Chicken Flatbread
$8 Combos – Lunch Chicken Fajitas, Ranchero Chicken Tacos, Lunch Double Burger, Half Bacon Avocado Sandwich, Half California Turkey Club Toasted Sandwich
Cost: $9 – $14
The best thing about the Cheesecake Factory’s lunch specials menu is that they serve it until 5pm, which means you can even have an early dinner and cut down on costs. You can either have a lunch-sized portion of their delectable Pastas, Salads, and Pizzas (it comes with a small green salad), or choose from any of the following:
Renee’s Special – This is a sandwich, soup, and salad combo that’s perfect for the lunch hour. For the sandwich you get to choose between ½ of a fresh turkey sandwich and a chicken-almond salad sandwich. You can also add $1 to turn your small green salad into a small Caesar salad.
Lunch Chicken Specials – You can choose from Crusted Chicken Romano, Orange Chicken, or Chicken Piccata.
Lunch Soup and Salad – For a lighter option, you can have sourdough bread and butter, a small green salad, and a cup of soup.
Lunch Favorites – You also get the option of enjoying lunch-sized portions of some of your favorites from Cheesecake Factory’s regular menu: Shepherd’s Pie, Famous Factory Meatloaf, or even Fish & Chips.
Lunch Salmon – Whether it’s Miso Salmon, Herb Crusted Filet of Salmon, or Fresh Grilled Salmon, this one’s definitely a catch.
Cost: $6.99 – $9.99
Available as early as 11am, the lunch combos from Outback Steakhouse will surely make your mouth water. You can have a bowl of freshly-made soup and your choice of a crisp House or Caesar salad. You can also create your own combo with your choice of soup, signature side salad, and one freshly-made side. These include The Outbacker Burger, 2 Aussie Steak Tacos, Steak Quesadilla, and even ½ Ribeye Melt.
Cost: $6.99 – $13
Olive Garden has mouthwatering Lunch Duos that you can enjoy with their famous house salad and freshly baked breadsticks:
$6.99 Duos – Italian Meatball Breadstick Sandwich (with fries), Grilled Vegetable Piadina, Eggplant Parmigiana Breadstick Sandwich (with fries), Spaghetti with Meat Sauce Mini Pasta Bowl
$8.99 Duos – Sausage Stuffed Giant Rigatoni Mini Pasta Bowl, Grilled Chicken Flatbread, Lasagna Classico, Salami, Pepperoni, & Cheese Piadina