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22 Essential Restaurants for Affordable Dining in Austin

Inexpensive dining made easy

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Austin has so many great dining options that it’s easy to end up spending a lot of money while eating out. Sometimes, you need to take it easier on your wallet, and that's where Eater's guide to the best affordable eats found in the city comes in to help.

Dine on a dime easily with the help of this map, spanning ginormous tacos from Juan in a Million, quick and easy burgers from P. Terry’s, The Omelettry’s egg-filled breakfast, kebabs from Kebablicious, staples from Soup Peddler and everything else delicious and under $12. This update adds chicken from Tumble 22, plates from Taco Mex, a downtown option from Koriente, customizable dishes at Chi’ Lantro, breakfast from Joe’s Bakery, anything from 1618, and homemade pastries from Cafe Nenaí.

As with all businesses right now, be sure to call ahead to make sure each restaurant is still open or if there are updates on current offerings and service models, as things are changing constantly. Follow the business’s rules, be sure to wear a mask, and tip well.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Ng Cafe

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The beloved banh mi of Ng BMT lives on with Ng Cafe in far north Austin, where the classic Vietnamese sandwiches (pate and ham to tofu to pork belly) are all under $10. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there is indoor dine-in services.

The grilled pork banh mi at Ng Cafe
The grilled pork banh mi at Ng Cafe
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Tumble22

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The hot chicken restaurant provides a filling meal of a quarter chicken plus two sides for around $10. Takeout orders can be placed online; all locations have indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

The Omelettry

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The move to Airport Boulevard didn’t mess with the breakfast retreat’s offerings. Ask for one of the omelets obviously, most of which run under $10. Well-stuffed sandwiches, which come with soup or homefries, are a great bet too. Takeout orders can be placed online; the restaurant is open for indoor dine-in services.

Bao'd Up

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The bao-obsessed fast-casual restaurant serves up many, many steamed buns filled with meats, vegetables, and creamy sweets. The bowls aren’t bad deals either, like spicy dan dan noodles or your own creation. Takeout orders can be placed online or through the mobile app; all locations feature indoor dine-in services.

Bao’d Up’s bao assortment
Bao’d Up’s bao assortment
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Dirty Martin's Place

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The low-priced kum-bak burgers from the old school campus dive have been feeding Austinites for years. Takeout and DoorDash delivery orders can be placed online; the restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

The burger from Martin’s
The burger from Martin’s
Dirty Martin’s/Facebook

Taco Mex

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This Cherrywood taco walk-up window offers affordable and filling tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. All the plates are under $10. Takeout orders can be placed online.

Delray Cafe

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Every single item at the Detroit-style food trunk rings in under $10, from chili-topped coney dogs to simple, filling sliders, to cheesy tater tots. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Delray Cafe’s coney dog
Delray Cafe’s coney dog
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Koriente

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This Korean restaurant is one of the cheaper options in downtown, plus there are lots of veggies in the dishes, like the japchae noodles, teriyaki bowls, or bibimbap. Every entree also comes with free miso soup. Takeout orders can be placed online the phone; there are third-party deliveries; the patio is available for outdoor dine-in services.

A black and red bowl with grains and vegetables and a sunny-side fried egg on a red-and-white checkered picnic table.
Food at Koriente
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Kebabalicious

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Most of the savory Turkish wraps and kebabs at Kebabalicious are below $12 and can satiate any stomach. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; the restaurant features indoor and outdoor dine-in services; the truck has outdoor tables.

A wrap from Kebabalicious
A wrap from Kebabalicious
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Veracruz All Natural

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The tacos are as enjoyable as they are low-cost and filing. Try the famed migas tacos. All locations offer takeout orders placed online or in person; there are usually indoor and outdoor dine-in areas available.

Breakfast taco from Veracruz
Breakfast taco from Veracruz
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P. Terry's

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The home-grown chain emphasizes quality and freshness for its affordable burgers, and the vegetarian burger is a favorite even with carnivores. Takeout orders can be placed online, through the mobile app, or via the drive-thru.

P. Terry’s burger
P. Terry’s burger
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Tamale House East

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The legacy (and prices) of Tamale House lives on with the east side restaurant, with budget-friendly tacos, enchiladas, and other plates. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Dishes from Tamale House East
Dishes from Tamale House East
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Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop

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This Holly cafe has tacos for $2.25 and breakfast plates (served all day) like pancakes and migas for under $12. Takeout orders can be placed over the phone or in-person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Sandy's Hamburgers

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Order the time-honored combination of burgers, fries, and frozen custard from the Barton Springs icon for under $10. Takeout orders can be placed in person.

Juan in a Million

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The famous Don Juan breakfast taco is filled with a massive mix of eggs, bacon, potatoes, and cheese for just $6.95. Extra tortillas will be needed. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

The Don Juan breakfast taco
The Don Juan breakfast taco
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Chi'Lantro

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Build a custom bowl or ssam starting at less than $10 — and don’t forget the kimchi fries. Takeout orders can be placed online; all locations tend to feature indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Chi’lantro BBQ’s kimchi fries
Chi’lantro BBQ’s kimchi fries
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Snarf's Sandwiches

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The Colorado sandwich chain made its way to Austin, where most sandwiches are under $10. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Sandwiches from Snarf’s
Sandwiches from Snarf’s
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More Home Slice

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Slices are the easiest and cheapest way to try the New York-style pizza. Bypass the wait for the South Congress restaurant and head to the next-door takeout spot that has casual dine-in seating. Takeout orders can be placed online; all locations feature indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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A slice from Home Slice
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Soup Peddler

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For quick and easy meals, Soup Peddler dishes out hearty soups and salads, with room for juice, too. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are Favor deliveries; all locations feature outdoor dining areas.

Soup and grilled cheese at Soup Peddler
Soup and grilled cheese at Soup Peddler
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Almost all entrees at this Riverside restaurant are under $20, from giant bowls of pho to curries. Takeout and third-party delivery orders can be placed online; the restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Grilled lemongrass lamb chops from 1618 Asian Fusion
Grilled lemongrass lamb chops from 1618 Asian Fusion
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888 Vietnamese Restaurant

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For affordable pho hovering in the $8 to $9 price range on the south side of the Colorado River, 888 is the answer, plus other dishes like vermicelli and curries. Takeout orders can be placed over the phone or in-person; there are indoor dine-in services.

Cafe Nena'i

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Grab a great affordable breakfast at this South American cafe with strong coffee and sweet and savory handmade pastries. Takeout orders can be placed online or over text message at (512) 387-0962.

Alfajores at Cafe Nena’i
Alfajores at Cafe Nena’i
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Ng Cafe

The grilled pork banh mi at Ng Cafe
The grilled pork banh mi at Ng Cafe
Ng Cafe/Facebook

The beloved banh mi of Ng BMT lives on with Ng Cafe in far north Austin, where the classic Vietnamese sandwiches (pate and ham to tofu to pork belly) are all under $10. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there is indoor dine-in services.

The grilled pork banh mi at Ng Cafe
The grilled pork banh mi at Ng Cafe
Ng Cafe/Facebook

Tumble22

The hot chicken restaurant provides a filling meal of a quarter chicken plus two sides for around $10. Takeout orders can be placed online; all locations have indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

The Omelettry

The move to Airport Boulevard didn’t mess with the breakfast retreat’s offerings. Ask for one of the omelets obviously, most of which run under $10. Well-stuffed sandwiches, which come with soup or homefries, are a great bet too. Takeout orders can be placed online; the restaurant is open for indoor dine-in services.

Bao'd Up

Bao’d Up’s bao assortment
Bao’d Up’s bao assortment
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

The bao-obsessed fast-casual restaurant serves up many, many steamed buns filled with meats, vegetables, and creamy sweets. The bowls aren’t bad deals either, like spicy dan dan noodles or your own creation. Takeout orders can be placed online or through the mobile app; all locations feature indoor dine-in services.

Bao’d Up’s bao assortment
Bao’d Up’s bao assortment
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

Dirty Martin's Place

The burger from Martin’s
The burger from Martin’s
Dirty Martin’s/Facebook

The low-priced kum-bak burgers from the old school campus dive have been feeding Austinites for years. Takeout and DoorDash delivery orders can be placed online; the restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

The burger from Martin’s
The burger from Martin’s
Dirty Martin’s/Facebook

Taco Mex

This Cherrywood taco walk-up window offers affordable and filling tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. All the plates are under $10. Takeout orders can be placed online.

Delray Cafe

Delray Cafe’s coney dog
Delray Cafe’s coney dog
Delray Cafe/Facebook

Every single item at the Detroit-style food trunk rings in under $10, from chili-topped coney dogs to simple, filling sliders, to cheesy tater tots. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Delray Cafe’s coney dog
Delray Cafe’s coney dog
Delray Cafe/Facebook

Koriente

A black and red bowl with grains and vegetables and a sunny-side fried egg on a red-and-white checkered picnic table.
Food at Koriente
Koriente/Facebook

This Korean restaurant is one of the cheaper options in downtown, plus there are lots of veggies in the dishes, like the japchae noodles, teriyaki bowls, or bibimbap. Every entree also comes with free miso soup. Takeout orders can be placed online the phone; there are third-party deliveries; the patio is available for outdoor dine-in services.

A black and red bowl with grains and vegetables and a sunny-side fried egg on a red-and-white checkered picnic table.
Food at Koriente
Koriente/Facebook

Kebabalicious

A wrap from Kebabalicious
A wrap from Kebabalicious
Kebabalicious/Facebook

Most of the savory Turkish wraps and kebabs at Kebabalicious are below $12 and can satiate any stomach. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; the restaurant features indoor and outdoor dine-in services; the truck has outdoor tables.

A wrap from Kebabalicious
A wrap from Kebabalicious
Kebabalicious/Facebook

Veracruz All Natural

Breakfast taco from Veracruz
Breakfast taco from Veracruz
Veracruz All Natural [Official]

The tacos are as enjoyable as they are low-cost and filing. Try the famed migas tacos. All locations offer takeout orders placed online or in person; there are usually indoor and outdoor dine-in areas available.

Breakfast taco from Veracruz
Breakfast taco from Veracruz
Veracruz All Natural [Official]

P. Terry's

P. Terry’s burger
P. Terry’s burger
Chris Olfers

The home-grown chain emphasizes quality and freshness for its affordable burgers, and the vegetarian burger is a favorite even with carnivores. Takeout orders can be placed online, through the mobile app, or via the drive-thru.

P. Terry’s burger
P. Terry’s burger
Chris Olfers

Tamale House East

Dishes from Tamale House East
Dishes from Tamale House East
Courtney Pierce/EATX

The legacy (and prices) of Tamale House lives on with the east side restaurant, with budget-friendly tacos, enchiladas, and other plates. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Dishes from Tamale House East
Dishes from Tamale House East
Courtney Pierce/EATX

Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop

This Holly cafe has tacos for $2.25 and breakfast plates (served all day) like pancakes and migas for under $12. Takeout orders can be placed over the phone or in-person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Sandy's Hamburgers

Order the time-honored combination of burgers, fries, and frozen custard from the Barton Springs icon for under $10. Takeout orders can be placed in person.

Juan in a Million

The Don Juan breakfast taco
The Don Juan breakfast taco
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The famous Don Juan breakfast taco is filled with a massive mix of eggs, bacon, potatoes, and cheese for just $6.95. Extra tortillas will be needed. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

The Don Juan breakfast taco
The Don Juan breakfast taco
Juan in a Million/Facebook

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