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The turkey sweet sandwich from Walton’s
The turkey sweet sandwich from Walton’s
Ashlyn Allison

Where to Find Affordable Meals During SXSW

You don’t have to sacrifice taste when eating on a budget during the festival

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The turkey sweet sandwich from Walton’s
| Ashlyn Allison

South by Southwest (SXSW) is already an expensive venture: there’s the badge, accommodations for those not already in Austin, transportation, etc., etc. An easy way to cut back on all of that spending? Through food.

Searching for inexpensive meals doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste, though, especially in Austin. With that in mind, Eater gathered the best affordable dining options near SXSW. There are sandwiches from downtown deli Walton’s, healthy pan-Asian bowls at Red River restaurant Koriente, easy breakfasts from South Lamar truck Paperboy, and more. Meals won’t cost more than $10. Eat well and save some money.

For more dining and drinking ideas, check out the rest of Eater’s SXSW coverage.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Texas Chili Parlor

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1409 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 472-2828

The hearty iconic Texas chilis (all without beans, naturally), from mild to very spicy, are under $7.

2. Walton's Fancy & Staple

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609 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 542-3380
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The downtown deli offers up excellent filling sandwiches, from cold ones like the turkey sweet on a croissant to the hot-pressed pastrami, perfect for dining in or take-out.

Wrap and soup from Walton’s
Wrap and soup from Walton’s
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3. Hoboken Pie

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718 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 477-4256
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For those Rainey Street/SXSW music events, the downtown pizzeria offers up various slice combinations with sodas, salads, garlic knots, etc., under $10.

A pizza slice and chips from Hoboken Pie
A pizza slice and chips from Hoboken Pie
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4. P. Terry's Burger Stand

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515 Congress Ave #130
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 473-8722
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Downtown and South Austin’s very affordable burger savior is P. Terry’s

P. Terry’s burger
P. Terry’s burger
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5. Happy Chicks

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214 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 469-0002
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Many of the east downtown and west downtown restaurant’s chicken tender meals, which come with sides like fries, are under $10.

Happy Chicks’s chicken tenders and fries
Happy Chicks’s chicken tenders and fries
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6. Koriente

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621 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 275-0852
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The pan-Asian downtown restaurant just off Red River serves up thoughtful healthy bowls of curries, rice, and japchae for $10 and under.

7. Soup Peddler Real Food & Juice Bar

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205 W 3rd St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 444-7687
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Easy affordable soups, salads, and juices can be found at the latest location of the Austin chain in the downtown area.

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Soup from Soup Peddler
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8. Kebabalicious

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1311 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 394-6562
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Most of the regular-sized kebab wraps at the East Austin restaurant are under $10, with fillings like falafels, beef/map, and chicken.

A wrap at Kebabalicious
A wrap at Kebabalicious
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9. Ni-Kome

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111 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 580-0215
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Within downtown food hall Fareground is the Japanese stall Ni-Kome, which serves up $10 filling bowls of ramen. 

Curry ramen special at Ni-Kome Sushi And Ramen
Curry ramen special at Ni-Kome Sushi And Ramen
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10. Las Trancas

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1210 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 701-8287
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The lovely East Austin truck’s tacos are very inexpensive and delicious. Load up on the many offal varieties. 

Taco from Las Trancas
Taco from Las Trancas
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11. Juan in a Million

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2300 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 472-3872
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The East Side eatery excels in more than just puns, including inexpensive tacos, breakfast plates, salads, and chalupas.

Juan in a Million’s Don Juan
Juan in a Million’s Don Juan
Juan in a Million/Facebook

12. Paperboy

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1105 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

Affordable breakfast seekers should head to the South Lamar truck for breakfast items like Texas hash, bacon-egg-cheese sandwiches, and an eggplant sandwich.

Paperboy’s breakfast sandwich
Paperboy’s breakfast sandwich
Paperboy [Official]

1. Texas Chili Parlor

1409 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701

The hearty iconic Texas chilis (all without beans, naturally), from mild to very spicy, are under $7.

1409 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701

2. Walton's Fancy & Staple

609 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Wrap and soup from Walton’s
Wrap and soup from Walton’s
Walton’s/Facebook

The downtown deli offers up excellent filling sandwiches, from cold ones like the turkey sweet on a croissant to the hot-pressed pastrami, perfect for dining in or take-out.

609 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

3. Hoboken Pie

718 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701
A pizza slice and chips from Hoboken Pie
A pizza slice and chips from Hoboken Pie
Hoboken Pie/Facebook

For those Rainey Street/SXSW music events, the downtown pizzeria offers up various slice combinations with sodas, salads, garlic knots, etc., under $10.

718 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701

4. P. Terry's Burger Stand

515 Congress Ave #130, Austin, TX 78701
P. Terry’s burger
P. Terry’s burger
Chris Olfers

Downtown and South Austin’s very affordable burger savior is P. Terry’s

515 Congress Ave #130
Austin, TX 78701

5. Happy Chicks

214 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Happy Chicks’s chicken tenders and fries
Happy Chicks’s chicken tenders and fries
Happy Chicks [Official]

Many of the east downtown and west downtown restaurant’s chicken tender meals, which come with sides like fries, are under $10.

214 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

6. Koriente

621 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701

The pan-Asian downtown restaurant just off Red River serves up thoughtful healthy bowls of curries, rice, and japchae for $10 and under.

621 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78701

7. Soup Peddler Real Food & Juice Bar

205 W 3rd St, Austin, TX 78701
Soup from Soup Peddler
Soup from Soup Peddler
Soup Peddler/Facebook

Easy affordable soups, salads, and juices can be found at the latest location of the Austin chain in the downtown area.

205 W 3rd St
Austin, TX 78701

8. Kebabalicious

1311 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
A wrap at Kebabalicious
A wrap at Kebabalicious
Kebabalicious/Facebook

Most of the regular-sized kebab wraps at the East Austin restaurant are under $10, with fillings like falafels, beef/map, and chicken.

1311 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

9. Ni-Kome

111 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Curry ramen special at Ni-Kome Sushi And Ramen
Curry ramen special at Ni-Kome Sushi And Ramen
Chelsea Steele/Ni-Kome Sushi And Ramen

Within downtown food hall Fareground is the Japanese stall Ni-Kome, which serves up $10 filling bowls of ramen. 

111 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

10. Las Trancas

1210 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Taco from Las Trancas
Taco from Las Trancas
Las Trancas/Facebook

The lovely East Austin truck’s tacos are very inexpensive and delicious. Load up on the many offal varieties. 

1210 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

11. Juan in a Million

2300 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Juan in a Million’s Don Juan
Juan in a Million’s Don Juan
Juan in a Million/Facebook

The East Side eatery excels in more than just puns, including inexpensive tacos, breakfast plates, salads, and chalupas.

2300 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

12. Paperboy

1105 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Paperboy’s breakfast sandwich
Paperboy’s breakfast sandwich
Paperboy [Official]

Affordable breakfast seekers should head to the South Lamar truck for breakfast items like Texas hash, bacon-egg-cheese sandwiches, and an eggplant sandwich.

1105 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

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