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22 Essential Restaurants for Affordable Dining in Austin

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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.

1. Ng Cafe

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13000 North Interstate Highway 35 #200 Bldg 12
Austin, TX 78753
(512) 240-2333
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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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2. Tumble22

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7211 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 520-1998
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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.

3. The Omelettry

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4631 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 453-5062
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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.

4. Bao'd Up

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1911 Aldrich St
Austin, TX 78723
(737) 717-3002
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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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5. Dirty Martin's Place

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2808 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 477-3173
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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
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6. Taco Mex

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2611 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 524-0860
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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.

7. Delray Cafe

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1133 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 987-4294

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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8. Koriente

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621 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 275-0852
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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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9. Kebabalicious

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450 7th Street
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 468-1065
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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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10. Veracruz All Natural

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1405 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 318-1830
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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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11. P. Terry's

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404 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 473-2217
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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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12. Tamale House East

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1707 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 495-9504
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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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13. Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop

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2305 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 472-0017
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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.

14. Sandy's Hamburgers

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603 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 478-6322
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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.

15. Juan in a Million

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2300 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 472-3872
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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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16. Chi'Lantro

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1509 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 428-5269
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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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17. Snarf's Sandwiches

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1404 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 614-4109
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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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18. More Home Slice

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1415 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 444-7437
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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.

A pepperoni slice from Home Slice
A slice from Home Slice
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19. Soup Peddler

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501 W Mary St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 444-7687
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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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20. 1618

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1618 E Riverside Dr
Austin, TX 78741
(512) 462-9999
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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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21. 888 Vietnamese Restaurant

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2400 E Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78741
(512) 448-4722
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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.

22. Cafe Nena'i

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1700 Montopolis Dr
Austin, TX 78741
(512) 840-9066
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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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1. Ng Cafe

13000 North Interstate Highway 35 #200 Bldg 12, Austin, TX 78753
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.

13000 North Interstate Highway 35 #200 Bldg 12
Austin, TX 78753

2. Tumble22

7211 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757

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.

7211 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78757

3. The Omelettry

4631 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

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.

4631 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

4. Bao'd Up

1911 Aldrich St, Austin, TX 78723
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.

1911 Aldrich St
Austin, TX 78723

5. Dirty Martin's Place

2808 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
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.

2808 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705

6. Taco Mex

2611 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722

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.

2611 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

7. Delray Cafe

1133 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702
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.

1133 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

8. Koriente

621 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701
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.

621 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78701

9. Kebabalicious

450 7th Street, Austin, TX 78704
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.

450 7th Street
Austin, TX 78704

10. Veracruz All Natural

1405 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
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.

1405 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

11. P. Terry's

404 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
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.

404 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

12. Tamale House East

1707 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
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.

1707 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

13. Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop

2305 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702

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.

2305 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

14. Sandy's Hamburgers

603 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

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.

603 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704

15. Juan in a Million

2300 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
The Don Juan breakfast taco
The Don Juan breakfast taco
Juan in a Million/Facebook

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.

2300 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

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16. Chi'Lantro

1509 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Chi’lantro BBQ’s kimchi fries
Chi’lantro BBQ’s kimchi fries
Chi’Lantro BBQ/Facebook

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.

1509 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

17. Snarf's Sandwiches

1404 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Sandwiches from Snarf’s
Sandwiches from Snarf’s
Snarf’s Sandwiches/Facebook

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.

1404 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

18. More Home Slice

1415 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
A pepperoni slice from Home Slice
A slice from Home Slice
Home Slice/Facebook

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.

1415 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

19. Soup Peddler

501 W Mary St, Austin, TX 78704
Soup and grilled cheese at Soup Peddler
Soup and grilled cheese at Soup Peddler
Soup Peddler/Facebook

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.

501 W Mary St
Austin, TX 78704

20. 1618

1618 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741
Grilled lemongrass lamb chops from 1618 Asian Fusion
Grilled lemongrass lamb chops from 1618 Asian Fusion
1618 Asian Fusion/Facebook

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.

1618 E Riverside Dr
Austin, TX 78741

21. 888 Vietnamese Restaurant

2400 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78741

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.

2400 E Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78741

22. Cafe Nena'i

1700 Montopolis Dr, Austin, TX 78741
Alfajores at Cafe Nena’i
Alfajores at Cafe Nena’i
Cafe Nena’i/Facebook

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.

1700 Montopolis Dr
Austin, TX 78741

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