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Where to Find Excellent Cheap Eats in Austin

Dining on a dime, made easy

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Austin has so many great dining options, 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 cheap 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 $10. This update adds meal-worthy stuffed waffles of Ooga Booga, sandwiches from Snarf’s, everything at Delray Cafe, banh mi at Ng Cafe, and more.

For other budget-friendly bites, look for tacos, burgers, happy hour specials, and a free deal cheat sheet.

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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/ham/headcheese to tofu to pork belly) are all under $10.

The grilled pork banh mi at Ng Cafe
The grilled pork banh mi at Ng Cafe
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2. Top Notch Hamburgers

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7525 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 452-2181
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Along with low-cost burgers and sandwiches, Top Notch’s two-piece fried chicken dinners are a great deal, especially since it comes with Texas toast and two sides, like fries, tots, or even corn dogs.

3. Dart Bowl

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5700 Grover Ave
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 452-2518
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It’s worth the under-$5-per-game fee for the bowling alley’s legendary, greasy enchiladas smothered with cheese and chili. Roll a game, too.

4. Ooga Booga Waffles

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5000 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756
(817) 727-6954
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The namesake dish is all-encompassing: the waffles are stuffed with ingredients, from breakfast-perfect bacon/egg/cheese to barbecue chicken to gluten-free waffles with stuffed peppers, all for under $10.

Stuffed waffles at Ooga Booga Waffles
Stuffed waffles at Ooga Booga Waffles
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5. 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.

6. 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, as well as small Taiwanese hamburgers made with those buns. The bowls aren’t bad deals either, ranging from chicken soup to sesame noodles.

Bao’d Up’s bao assortment
Bao’d Up’s bao assortment
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7. 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 has been feeding Austinites for years.

The burger from Martin’s
The burger from Martin’s
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8. 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.

Delray Cafe’s coney dog
Delray Cafe’s coney dog
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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 $10 and can satiate any stomach.

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 cheap and filing.

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.

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.

Dishes from Tamale House East
Dishes from Tamale House East
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13. Sandy's Hamburgers

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

Order the time-honored combination of burgers, fries, and frozen custard from the Barton Springs icon for under $10.

14. 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 $5.95. Extra tortillas will be needed.

The Don Juan breakfast taco
The Don Juan breakfast taco
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15. 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 sandwiches range from $8.10 to speciality ones for $9.20.

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Sandwiches from Snarf’s
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16. 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 restaurant and head to the next-door takeout spot that also happens to feature some way-casual dine-in seating.

A pepperoni slice from Home Slice
A slice from Home Slice
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17. 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 a juice, too.

Soup and grilled cheese at Soup Peddler
Soup and grilled cheese at Soup Peddler
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18. 888 Vietnamese Restaurant

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

For cheap pho hovering in the $8-9 price range on the south side of the Colorado River, 888 is the answer, plus other dishes like vermicelli and curries.

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/ham/headcheese to tofu to pork belly) are all under $10.

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

2. Top Notch Hamburgers

7525 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757

Along with low-cost burgers and sandwiches, Top Notch’s two-piece fried chicken dinners are a great deal, especially since it comes with Texas toast and two sides, like fries, tots, or even corn dogs.

7525 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78757

3. Dart Bowl

5700 Grover Ave, Austin, TX 78756

It’s worth the under-$5-per-game fee for the bowling alley’s legendary, greasy enchiladas smothered with cheese and chili. Roll a game, too.

5700 Grover Ave
Austin, TX 78756

4. Ooga Booga Waffles

5000 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756
Stuffed waffles at Ooga Booga Waffles
Stuffed waffles at Ooga Booga Waffles
Ooga Booga Waffles/Facebook

The namesake dish is all-encompassing: the waffles are stuffed with ingredients, from breakfast-perfect bacon/egg/cheese to barbecue chicken to gluten-free waffles with stuffed peppers, all for under $10.

5000 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756

5. 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.

4631 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

6. 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, as well as small Taiwanese hamburgers made with those buns. The bowls aren’t bad deals either, ranging from chicken soup to sesame noodles.

1911 Aldrich St
Austin, TX 78723

7. 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 has been feeding Austinites for years.

2808 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705

8. 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.

1133 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

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 $10 and can satiate any stomach.

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 cheap and filing.

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.

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.

1707 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

13. 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.

603 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704

14. 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 $5.95. Extra tortillas will be needed.

2300 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

15. 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 sandwiches range from $8.10 to speciality ones for $9.20.

1404 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

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16. 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 restaurant and head to the next-door takeout spot that also happens to feature some way-casual dine-in seating.

1415 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

17. 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 a juice, too.

501 W Mary St
Austin, TX 78704

18. 888 Vietnamese Restaurant

2400 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78741

For cheap pho hovering in the $8-9 price range on the south side of the Colorado River, 888 is the answer, plus other dishes like vermicelli and curries.

2400 E Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78741

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