Wondering where to find the best diners near you?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable diners in Cincinnati, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture when cravings strike.
1. The Echo
Topping the list is The Echo. Located at 3510 Edwards Road in Hyde Park, it's the highest rated budget-friendly diner in Cincinnati, boasting four stars out of 294 reviews on Yelp.
Stop by The Echo for breakfast, lunch or dinner. There are several breakfast options for under $20, like buttermilk pancakes filled with cinnamon chips, topped with a cream cheese mixture and served with syrup. For a savory and even heartier bite, there’s the Victory Garden Omelet; at $10, it combines spinach, zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms and red onions with your choice of cheese, and is served with your choice of side and toast.
At lunch, look for sandwiches, like the turkey club, that can be paired with fries and coleslaw for $10.50.
2. Pleasant Ridge Chili
Next up is Pleasant Ridge Chili, situated at 6032 Montgomery Road. With four stars out of 116 reviews on Yelp, the Pleasant Ridge diner has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a low-priced option.
Serving patrons from 9 a.m. to 4:30 a.m., the diner offers a host of breakfast combos, double-decker sandwiches, bowls of chili, desserts and more. Most of the menu options are priced below $10 — including the plate of bacon, two eggs and toast for $5.25, and the chili Coney dog, served with French fires and gravy, for less than $4.
3. Blue Jay Restaurant
Northside's Blue Jay Restaurant, located at 4154 Hamilton Ave., is another top choice among budget-minded diners.
Blue Jay Restaurant serves sandwiches, burgers and breakfast plates that start as low as $2.25 and don't exceed $10. Look for options like the battered cod sandwich, veggie pita and black bean burger. Or, opt for one of the many breakfast plates, like the green omelet with spinach, feta, tomatoes and onions. There's also coffee and a variety of side dishes.
4. Madison Diner
Over in Madisonville, check out Madison Diner, which has earned four stars out of 12 reviews on Yelp.
Madison Diner offers daily specials, including chicken wings on Mondays and fish and chips on Fridays, that range from $4 to $15.
Craving a big sandwich or burger? Then try options like The Big Burger, featuring a half-pound beef patty topped with your favorite veggies and cheese, for $8.25; or a patty melt for under $5. There are also soups, salads and breakfast plates priced well below $10.
Dig in to all that and more at 4761 Madison Road.