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Cheap Eats

Cheap Eats

  • Premiered: 
    April 21, 2016
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  • Network: Cooking Channel
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Tags: food, restaurant, travel

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Plot Synopsis

In CHEAP EATS, Ali Khan, the author of the blog "Bang for Your Burger Buck," has 12 hours and $35 to find the best deals for breakfast, lunch, a snack and dinner in a different American city in each half-hour episode. On Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT, Cooking Channel premiered the pilot episode, with Ali heading to Minneapolis to find the city's best cheap eats. Seven months later, CHEAP EATS returned for its official series premiere on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 10pm ET/7pm PT. On the premiere episode, Ali reveals some of the best offerings in Austin. First, he enjoys Migas Tacos at a popular roadside stop. Then, he gets schooled on authentic Texas BBQ, before embarking on a buttery journey in baking. Last but not least, he caps off the day with the ultimate Bayou experience that tastes homemade. In subsequent episodes of the first season, Ali visits Albuquerque, Boulder, Charlestown, Chicago, and Miami to chow down on some of the most flavorful and affordable fare in each destination, meeting the local chefs along the way. On Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 10pm ET/7pm PT, Cooking Channel premiered the 13-episode second season of CHEAP EATS, as Ali continues to discover the most unique eateries serving up delicious dishes, and learns the recipe for tasty, affordable fare from the talented local chefs. From big breakfasts of Jalapeno Queso Fresco Biscuits with Cilantro Creme in Richmond, Virginia, to lip-smacking lunches of piled high elk burgers in Bozeman, Montana, to spicy dinners of Korean street noodles in Baltimore, Maryland, Ali chows down on some of the most flavorful fare and local delicacies. In the season opener, "Pit Stop," Pittsburgh has Ali Khan flipping over some cheesy pancakes, and then he battles a sub that might blow the classic Philly cheesesteak out of the water. He discovers the secrets to Pittsburgh's best pretzels, and finishes the day at one of the city's hottest new spots, a taco joint growing crowds -- and tentacles! Over the course of rest of the season, Ali follows his appetite to Salt Lake City, Utah for a smoky chicken club, to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a crunchy fried chicken bahn mi sandwich, and some of the best offerings in: Chattanooga and Louisville in Kentucky; Des Moines, Iowa; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Indianapolis, Indiana; Omaha, Nebraska; and St. Louis, Missouri. Season 3 of CHEAP EATS premiered on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 10pm ET/7pm PT on Cooking Channel. In the season opener, "Appetite for Annapolis," Ali, full-blown food enthusiast and blogger, has 12 hours and only 35 bucks to find the best deals in Annapolis, Maryland for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack! He happily lands on his feet with "Cat Head" biscuits and gravy, followed by Southern chicken and dumplings. After a tasty Aussie treat, Ali caps off his day on the bay with the best crab cake of his life. In subsequent episodes of the second season, Ali visits: Charlottesville, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; Portland, Oregon; Alexandria, Virginia; Spokane, Washington; Nashville, Tennessee; Cincinnati, Ohio; and more.
On Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 10pm ET/7pm PT, Cooking Channel premiered "Eating Vermont," the Season 3 finale of CHEAP EATS. Ali has 12 hours and only 35 bucks to find the best deals in Burlington, Vt. for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack! Ali kicks things off with a local favorite for breakfast, the unique bacon maple "wafflini." Then he hits up a legendary lunch counter that's been around since the 1940s, and steps in the ring with the "Macho Man," a sandwich that mashes together a Reuben and patty melt. Next he feeds his sweet tooth with a chocolate cream filled doughnut made from scratch. Finally, he lands in a historic dinner spot that serves up short rib poutine along with its panoramic views.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Sirens Media