When you pay a lot of money at a restaurant you expect the food to be high-quality. But being frugal doesn't mean you can't enjoy a great meal. Here are some tasty and satisfying menu items in the QC that won't break the bank.

ZEKE'S ISLAND CAFE - 1509 N. HARRISON ST., DAVENPORT

Hawaiian Pulled Pork Plate: $7.95

In fairness, EVERYTHING at Zeke's is less than $10...but this is my personal favorite. A generous helping of pulled pork topped with your choice of BBQ sauce and served with rice and macaroni salad--each a staple of traditional Hawaiian food. If you like things a bit spicier, the Jamaican Jerk Chicken or Habanero Ketchup should hit the spot.

DOWNTOWN DELI - 310 N. MAIN ST., DAVENPORT

Deliman Delight Pretzel Sandwich - $7.50

I'm a sucker for pretzel buns (you can get the regular version on sourdough if that's more your thing) and it ties this sandwich together perfectly. Pastrami, ham and turkey combined with cheddar, swiss, and provolone and their signature bistro sauce. Add a side of your choice and you've got a quick and satisfying lunch full of saucy, cheesy goodness!

BOWLS URBAN EATS - 102 E. 3RD ST., DAVENPORT

Sundown Sesame Bowl: $5.49/$7.29

Bowls Urban Eats via Facebook

This yummy bowl combines sesame-glazed grilled chicken mixed with baby corn, cabbage, carrots, green onion and red bell peppers served over rice. Even better, you can add a corn bread muffin, garlic bread, or egg rolls and STILL pay less than $10.

BARREL HOUSE - DAVENPORT, MOLINE

Pretty much anything!

Honestly, I've never been to any of the Barrel House locations. But judging by their menu the food looks phenomenal! Appetizers range from $5-9, their daily lunch specials (11 a.m.-4 pm.) are either $6.25 or $7.25, and Barrel House also offers $6 tacos and $3 margaritas during "Taco Monday."

QC Coffee and Pancake House -  1831 3rd Ave., Rock Island

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes: $3.25/$4.25

QC Coffee and Pancake House via Facebook

I'm a breakfast freak...I could seriously eat breakfast all day long and not be mad. When I go to a diner, I expect an amazing breakfast at a reasonable price. QC Coffee and Pancake House (also known as Koffee Break) seems to have what I'm looking for. A short stack of these cinnamon roll pancakes for only $3.25? I don't know how you can beat that. LOOK. AT. THEM.

There are plenty of affordable local food options in the QC, there were dozens of other choices I could've picked from. Got any suggestions? Please post them here!

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