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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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Texas Chili Parlor

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

Walton's Fancy & Staple

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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
Walton’s/Facebook

Hoboken Pie

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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
Hoboken Pie/Facebook

P. Terry's Burger Stand

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

A cheeseburger.
P. Terry’s burger
Chris Olfers

Happy Chicks

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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.

A cardboard paper basket of fries and chicken tenders next to a small bowl of mac and cheese and three saucers of sauces on a table.
Happy Chicks’s chicken tenders and fries
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Koriente

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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.

Soup Peddler Real Food & Juice Bar

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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.

Soup from Soup Peddler
Soup from Soup Peddler
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Kebabalicious

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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
Kebabalicious/Facebook

Ni-Kome

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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
Chelsea Steele/Ni-Kome Sushi And Ramen

Las Trancas

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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
Las Trancas/Facebook

Juan in a Million

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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

Paperboy

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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]

Texas Chili Parlor

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

Walton's Fancy & Staple

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
Walton’s/Facebook

Hoboken Pie

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
Hoboken Pie/Facebook

P. Terry's Burger Stand

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

A cheeseburger.
P. Terry’s burger
Chris Olfers

Happy Chicks

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

A cardboard paper basket of fries and chicken tenders next to a small bowl of mac and cheese and three saucers of sauces on a table.
Happy Chicks’s chicken tenders and fries
Happy Chicks [Official]

Koriente

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

Soup Peddler Real Food & Juice Bar

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

Soup from Soup Peddler
Soup from Soup Peddler
Soup Peddler/Facebook

Kebabalicious

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
Kebabalicious/Facebook

Ni-Kome

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
Chelsea Steele/Ni-Kome Sushi And Ramen

Las Trancas

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
Las Trancas/Facebook

Juan in a Million

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

Paperboy

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]

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