Going out to eat in Amarillo, and really anywhere, has gotten more expensive over the last couple of years. Yeah I know, inflation, rising cost of food, etc. I know all the reasons it's gone up, but it also makes it a bit tougher to go out and enjoy a meal somewhere.

We're a travel baseball family, which means on a lot of weekends, we are either out of town or only have so long in between games to get some food. A lot of the time we'll bring something with us to the ballpark for lunch in between games.

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Then if we're done early enough in the day, we end up going out to a restaurant for dinner. A few years ago, we could get out for about $60-65 for a family of four. Now, it's a minimum of $95-100.

There are always places that are still affordable to eat at. For example, when we travel to Elk City, OK., there is a restaurant where we can order a ton of food and be out of there for $60-65 still, so we make it a point to eat there each time we're in town.

Amarillo has places that are like that as well, and these are a few of the more affordable options in the city.

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BRAUM'S

Here's the option if you're in a grab-and-go kind of mode. Not quite fast food, but in essence it is. However, the food doesn't taste like fast food. It's always hot, fresh, and seemingly made to order. They have a myriad of different options to choose from, including great deals like the bag of burgers.

I can take my entire family here, everyone gets their own meal, and I typically stay under $40 for everyone to eat. If I'm in a hurry, this is my go-to.

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POTATO FACTORY

Here's another relatively quick option, but one that will fill you up to the max and not break the bank. The potatoes are MASSIVE, and completely covered in whatever topping you choose. The prices are out of this world cheap too.

A meal, which is a potato and a soft drink, will run you anywhere between $6.47 to $6.99, meaning my family can get out of there for $30, and I know everyone will be full. Our youngest will just bite off everyone else's huge potato.

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MALCOLM'S

If it's more of a sit-down experience you're wanting, Malcolm's is definitely a spot you need to check out. No meal over $12.99, a massive array of different sandwiches to choose from, huge salads, and burgers make this a spot where everyone will find something they want.

When it's all said and done, four of you could get out of here for $60-65 before tip, which is pricing in a sit-down restaurant you rarely find anymore. Most restaurants are charging $15+ per meal. Malcolm's keeps it real and makes sure the food is on-point.

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CHILI'S

Ok, so maybe not the WHOLE restaurant is as affordable as it once was, but there are still items on the menu that you can get a smoking deal on. You can still get one of their huge burgers, fries, a drink, and your choice of a salad or chips & salsa for around $11.

The beauty of this deal is the drinks are included with it, so you can get out of Chili's for $50 before tip for four people. Fast food restaurants cost about that much, and you get smaller portion sizes. This is a pretty good deal to take advantage of.

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DOUG'S HICKORY PIT BAR-B-QUE

If it's that Texas BBQ you're craving, there may not be a more affordable place than Doug's. You can get yourself a sandwich loaded up with that tasty smoked meat for anywhere between $5.45-8.95 based on what you decide to get. For the more expensive ones are you building a combo of different meats.

Sides will run you right around $2 which means you can get a meal for around $8. If you order Doug's Special, he'll toss in a drink and keep the meal just over $8 for ya. Again, keeping me under $40 to feed my entire family is a huge win, and no BBQ place in Amarillo does that better than Doug's.

PSST: Check Out The Whataburger Secret Menu

The items are available year round, but make sure you're grabbing breakfast items and lunch items during those respective times.