5 Fabulous Cheap Eats in Ruston Under $10

With two colleges in Ruston, you don’t have to worry about finding an inexpensive meal.

It may be a small town, but your food choices for cheap eats aren’t limited to just pizza and traditional chains.

Here are a few local favorites.

Mi Casa Taqueria

Sadly, their downtown location is closed, but the 601 S. Vienna location (near Walgreen’s) is still open. Mi Casa serves authentic Mexican food made with fresh ingredients that you wouldn’t get in a traditional Tex-Mex eatery. You’ll find cotija and queso fresco cheeses, the crumbly Mexican cheeses, and Mexican crema, a thinner but richer version of sour cream. Try a few less common types of meat, such as Mexican sausage and beef tripe. Corn and flour tortillas are handmade. There’s a wide variety of bottled drinks to choose from, and don’t forget the sweet, fried plantains for dessert! Diners can also be personalized by adding their choice of toppings and sauces to the entrees.

Taco the Guero

Like many really good authentic Mexican restaurants, Taco the Guero started as a food truck and expanded to in-store dining. Here you can find Mexican street tacos (served with a double layer of corn tortillas, for easy grab-and-go purposes) topped with onion and cilantro. The Carne asada is a crowd favorite. Loyal patrons also appreciate the friendly staff at this family-owned restaurant.

Uptown, Downtown

Not everything on the menu is under $10, but quite a few options are. This lunch place and bakery offers a wide range of traditional and inventive sandwich and wrap choices. Try the Hail Caesar wrap or go for the raspberry chipotle turkey pita wrap if you’re feeling like something a little different. Classics like the BLT, South Vienna Swiss, chicken salad, and cucumber sandwiches are made with quality bread and house-made condiments. Be warned, you probably won’t be able to pass up the baked goods though – they have a wide variety of very reasonably priced sweets, including cannoli, cookies, tarts, and brownies to get your yum on.

Roly Poly

It’ll take you longer to read through all the options on the menu than it will to get your food. Roly Poly has grown into a chain, but there’s a good reason for that — fresh, healthy ingredients. Who knew cheap eats could be this healthy? (But don’t worry, you can still get bacon!) The wraps can be ordered cold rolled, hot pressed, or roll your own, and there’s also an option to choose a half-wrap starting at only $4.50 if you’re not feeling that hungry. With nearly 25 sauces to choose from, even the pickiest eater can find something. They also serve soups and full-meal salads, like buffalo chicken and Brown Derby Cobb. This is a counter-service restaurant, so everything is made fresh and surprisingly quick.

Griff’s Hamburgers offers classic fast food including burgers, fries & milkshakes. It’s worth the wait.

Griff’s Hamburgers

It’s Southern, it’s vintage, and it’s burgers. Griff’s is known to locals as having the best fast-food burgers around because they’re cooked fresh. It’ll take a little longer to get your food than at the standard fast-food restaurant, but it’s worth the wait. They also have a reputation for generous portion sizes, especially on fries. Or try the crispy battered onion rings. Wash it down with a ginormous sweet tea. Dine-in or drive through, as you wish, but don’t forget the milkshake when you leave!