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Budget Beef: 10 Cheap Steaks For Cheapskates in Chicago

Satisfy that beefy urge without spending all your cheddar.

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Steak might not be what diners first think of when "cheap eats" come to mind. But Chicago's a steak town, as the Midwest hub makes an attractive place for folks to negotiate business deals at one of the city many expensive steakhouses, as carnivores can appreciate the wonder of a tender, dry-aged prime piece of meat. But thankfully, Chicago has plenty of remedies for those times diners crave a good steak but don't want to max out their credit cards.

So, in honor of Eater's Cheap Eats Week, here are a few places in Chicago where customers can find a steak that won't break the bank. There are different cuts and styles, and the only rule was limiting the prices to $20. Is that "cheap" in the purest notion? Nope, but when compared to Chicago Cut Steakhouse's $64 bone-in prime rib, there's quite a steep difference. Listed in alphabetical order, and as all always, share any of your favorites in the comments.

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1. Athenian Room

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807 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 348-5155

This well-known Lincoln Park neighborhood restaurant has been a haven for residents wanting to escape the post-college nightlife that enshrouds the area. The Greek skirt steak Alexandros Style is a great value at $14. [Photo: Facebook]

2. Café des Architectes

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20 E Chestnut St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 324-4063
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This might be cheating. But nestled in the Sofitel, Café des Architectes serves a flat iron steak salad with red onion jam, soubise vinaigrette and white cheddar. That will do the trick to scratch that red meat itch for $20. Yes, the rest of the meal will be pricey, but at least the steak salad is reasonable. [Photo: Facebook]

3. Colletti's

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5707 N Central Ave
Chicago, IL 60646
(773) 775-5144
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This Jefferson Park joint's been around since 1946, and caters to a family-friendly environment. The Steak Churrasco is prepared Mexican style, using skirt steak, and at $16.95 you'll be a happy camper. [Photo: Facebook]

4. El Nandu Restaurant

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2731 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0900
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This Argentinian gem has a variety of steaks, but for $19.95, the carne asado al parilla is a great bet that comes with a choice of yellow rice, fries, or mashed potatoes. [Photo: Facebook]

5. La Brasa Roja

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3125 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 866-2252
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There are three locations for Brasa Roja, the family-owned Colombian restaurant chain. Their New York Strip clocks in at $13.95, while a ribeye costs $10.95. And they come with rice and plantains. [Photo: Facebook]

6. Las Tablas Colombian Steakhouse

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2942 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 871-2414
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The carne asada at this Colombian steakhouse is delightful for $18 and one of the most flavorful steaks in the city. [Photo: Facebook]

7. Machu Picchu Restaurant

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3856 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 472-0471
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The bistec a lo pobre is a sensational Peruvian deal for $17. [Photo: Facebook]

8. Mon Ami Gabi

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2300 N Lincoln Park West
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 348-8886
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The hangar steak, when prepared correctly, is a delightful cut of meat for those on a budget, and at $19.95 served with fries, the hangar steak at Mon Ami Gabi delivers. [Photo: Facebook]

9. Ronny's Original Chicago Steak House

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100 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 346-9488
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Can you beat $8.99 for an 8-ounce steak, baked potato, garlic bread and salad? No. You cannot. This isn't aged-prime meat, but it's satisfying. They cook almost everything well-done, so order one step lower than your preferences, and you'll be OK. [Photo: Yelp]

10. Uncle Mike's Place

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1700 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 226-5318
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They brag about the marinated skirt steak at Uncle Mike's Place in West Town, a Filipino-American joint that serves some inspired breakfasts. The 12-ounce skirt steak costs $16.95, and comes with eggs, hash browns and toast. [Photo: Facebook]

1. Athenian Room

807 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

This well-known Lincoln Park neighborhood restaurant has been a haven for residents wanting to escape the post-college nightlife that enshrouds the area. The Greek skirt steak Alexandros Style is a great value at $14. [Photo: Facebook]

807 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

2. Café des Architectes

20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611

This might be cheating. But nestled in the Sofitel, Café des Architectes serves a flat iron steak salad with red onion jam, soubise vinaigrette and white cheddar. That will do the trick to scratch that red meat itch for $20. Yes, the rest of the meal will be pricey, but at least the steak salad is reasonable. [Photo: Facebook]

20 E Chestnut St
Chicago, IL 60611

3. Colletti's

5707 N Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60646

This Jefferson Park joint's been around since 1946, and caters to a family-friendly environment. The Steak Churrasco is prepared Mexican style, using skirt steak, and at $16.95 you'll be a happy camper. [Photo: Facebook]

5707 N Central Ave
Chicago, IL 60646

4. El Nandu Restaurant

2731 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

This Argentinian gem has a variety of steaks, but for $19.95, the carne asado al parilla is a great bet that comes with a choice of yellow rice, fries, or mashed potatoes. [Photo: Facebook]

2731 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

5. La Brasa Roja

3125 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

There are three locations for Brasa Roja, the family-owned Colombian restaurant chain. Their New York Strip clocks in at $13.95, while a ribeye costs $10.95. And they come with rice and plantains. [Photo: Facebook]

3125 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

6. Las Tablas Colombian Steakhouse

2942 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

The carne asada at this Colombian steakhouse is delightful for $18 and one of the most flavorful steaks in the city. [Photo: Facebook]

2942 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

7. Machu Picchu Restaurant

3856 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

The bistec a lo pobre is a sensational Peruvian deal for $17. [Photo: Facebook]

3856 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

8. Mon Ami Gabi

2300 N Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614

The hangar steak, when prepared correctly, is a delightful cut of meat for those on a budget, and at $19.95 served with fries, the hangar steak at Mon Ami Gabi delivers. [Photo: Facebook]

2300 N Lincoln Park West
Chicago, IL 60614

9. Ronny's Original Chicago Steak House

100 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

Can you beat $8.99 for an 8-ounce steak, baked potato, garlic bread and salad? No. You cannot. This isn't aged-prime meat, but it's satisfying. They cook almost everything well-done, so order one step lower than your preferences, and you'll be OK. [Photo: Yelp]

100 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601

10. Uncle Mike's Place

1700 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

They brag about the marinated skirt steak at Uncle Mike's Place in West Town, a Filipino-American joint that serves some inspired breakfasts. The 12-ounce skirt steak costs $16.95, and comes with eggs, hash browns and toast. [Photo: Facebook]

1700 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

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