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Where to find lunch for $10 or less in Madison

Ready for your lunch break? Check out these 12 lunches from the east side to the west side.

Chicken sandwich

Zippy Lube offers hefty portions for under $10. | Photo by 608today

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Looking for a tasty, local lunch spot that doesn’t break the bank? We’re here for you, Madison. Check out this list of places where a lunch for one costs $10 or less.

We know proximity is key when it comes to a midday meal, so we’ve broken up these spots into their respective sides of town.


Teddywedgers, 101 State St., Madison
No time for a sit-down meal? A grab-and-go pasty will get you through that 2 p.m. slump without slowing you down.

Ian’s Pizza, 100 State St. and 319 N. Frances St., Madison
Get a can of soda, a side salad, and a slice of cheese or pepperoni pizza for $10 on the dot.

ZuZu Cafe, 1336 Drake St., Madison
Bring your laptop with you and cozy up with a grilled panini to check work and lunch off of your to-do list at the same time.

Paul’s Pel’meni, 414 W. Gilman St., Madison
It’s not just late-night food — grab a full order with the works for $8.50. Don’t feel like ordering in? Try our copycat recipe.

Sushi Express, 610 University Ave., Madison
California rolls and crab Rangoons.

Chen’s Dumpling House, 505 State St., Madison
Whether you want a variety of appetizers or a classic cold noodle dish, you can choose your own adventure at Chen’s for $10 or less.

East side

Zippy Lube, 2013 N. Sherman Ave., Madison
This newer-to-Madison spot opened in 2022 and serves up fried chicken sandwiches with classic sides like coleslaw and potato salad.

Glazed, 2161 Zeier Rd., Madison
At $4 a pop, you can double-fist these Instagram-worthy Korean corn dogs for just under $10.

Korean mozzarella potato corn dog

Lunch on a stick is ideal for Madisonians on the go. | Photo by Hungry Professor

Dave’s Hot Chicken, 4814 Annamark Dr., Madison
Grab a slider with fries for $9.99.

West side

Forage Kitchen, 715 Hilldale Wy., Madison
From salads to grain bowls, half of this health-conscious restaurant’s menu is $10 or less.

Gino’s, 4606 Verona Rd., Madison and 6509 Century Ave., Middleton and
While small sandwiches run about $5-$6, a large will cost you $8-$10 and can feed two people.

North and South, 6604 Mineral Point Rd., Madison
Stop by on a Tuesday for two tacos with chips and salsa for $10.

What did we miss? If you know a budget-friendly lunch that’s not on the list, let us know.

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