4 delicious deals for $10 or less in St. Louis

1. A new year always brings surprises and Good Fortune has a few in store. With recent menu changes highlighting bao buns, bowls and Asian-inspired small bites, the Botanical Heights eatery is focusing on a fast-casual, budget-friendly experience for everyone. Sample its latest $5 offering: fortune cookie ice cream sandwiches made by hometown breakfast heroes, Yolklore. These creamy ice cold treats are filled with fun crunchy fortune cookie bites.

2. It's never too cold to crunch some tacos, and Maya Cafe in Maplewood has a killer deal. Stop in on Thursdays and enjoy $2 old-school tacos with the purchase of any drink (we suggest one of their legendary, house-made margaritas). Choose a crunchy shell or soft tortilla and fill it with the childhood taco filling of your choice: ground beef or shredded chicken topped with tomato, shredded cheese and lettuce.

steak night at craftedstl // photo courtesy of craftedstl

3. On cold winter nights, you need a more than an extra sweater to keep your insides from freezing solid. For a meal that will stick to your bones, check out Steak Night at CraftedSTL on Wednesdays from 5 to 10 p.m. Purchase a beverage and you can get a 6-ounce brandy-peppercorn flat iron steak for an easy $7 or a 6-ounce bacon-wrapped filet for $10. Both dinners are served piping hot with creamy house mashed potatoes and a side of green beans.

4. Ryder’s Tavern is feeding the masses this month Round out your week at the friendly dive bar on Chippewa Street and enjoy Spaghetti Sunday for only $6. A warm bowl of spaghetti and red sauce (meat or vegetarian) topped with Parmesan cheese with a side of garlic bread bread is just what you need for these frigid days. If you’re feeling extra fancy, throw down $10 and add a tall glass of house red wine.

Kevin Korinek is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine.