Austin has plenty of good food to go around, yet sometimes we want the best meal without spending too much. Instead of cooking from home, try these affordable restaurants around town.
Here are 21 Austin restaurants for the best cheap eats in town.
Kebabalicious, 1311 E. 7th St.
Big eats for a small price. Kebabalicious offers Turkish style wraps with all organic ingredients. Lamb and beef lovers, vegetarians and sauce fanatics can get their kick for under $10 by ordering a kebab, hummus and so much more.
P. Terrys, multiple locations
The beloved Austin restaurant has more to offer than just local pride. What started as a burger stand on South Lamar and Barton Springs has ventured out to multiple locations around the greater Austin area still offering great burgers for low prices. With beef, chicken and vegetarian burgers, P. Terrys is the spot to hit for a cheap and quick pick me up.
Tyson's Tacos, 4905 Airport Blvd.
Austinites know finding the perfect taco stand is a big deal in a town full of options. Tyson's Tacos offers unique tacos for a cheap and delicious meal. For under $10, you can explore the menu and find any taco calling your name and fuel your taco dreams.
Teji's Indian Restaurant, multiple locations
Spice up your evening meal by trying affordable indian cuisine from Teji's Indian Restaurant. With different locations and menus around town, the restaurants offer single entrees for $10.99 and appetizers, drinks, desserts and more all under $10.
Thundercloud subs, multiple locations
Another Austin classic, Thundercloud Subs offers fresh subs and salads for a quick, cheap and refreshing meal for any time of day. With signature subs, salads, sides, and more, you can find yourself indulging in a full meal for less than $10.
Veracruz All Natural, multiple locations
For an authentic, homemade Mexican food experience, Veracruz All Natural is the place to hit. The local taco stand has taken Austin by storm with fresh ingredients and delicious tacos, salsas and juices. Make everyday taco Tuesday for less than $10 at this Austin joint.
You can find the Veracruz All Natural menu and order online here.
Snarf's sandwiches, multiple locations
What started in Boulder, Colorado as a sandwich shack is now bringing Austin fresh and delicious oven toasted sandwiches for an affordable price. The family-owned business offers made-to-order sandwiches, salads, soups and so much more, all under $10.
Gourdough’s Big Fat Donuts, 1503 S. 1st St.
Gordough's Big Fat Donuts offers an incredibly unique Austin menu of donuts for anyone looking to give into their sweet cravings. With different toppings and types of donuts, the food truck is your place to hit if you're looking for a delicious sweet snack under $10. You can also find donut sandwiches, burgers and so much more at Gourdough's Public House at 2700 S. Lamar Blvd.
Amy’s Ice Cream, multiple locations
Although not technically a restaurant, Amy's Ice Cream is an Austin favorite offering a delicious treat for all ice cream lovers. With over 350 flavors in rotation, the ice cream shop has all the flavors you can imagine for under $10, plus milkshakes, ice cream cakes and more.
Koriente, 621 E. 7th St.
Koriente offers healthy Asian inspired dishes at a low cost for a healthy, quick meal. With fresh ingredients, seafood, meat vegan and gluten-free options, this restaurant is the perfect takeout option under $10.
You can find the Koriente menu here.
Cenote, multiple locations
Not sure what you want to eat? Cenote has it all. From breakfast tacos and coffee to salads, sandwiches, burgers and drinks, the restaurant offers a great deal and even better food for a reasonable price.You can find the Cenote menu and order online here
East Side King, multiple locations
Japanese street food From Chefs Paul Qui and Moto Utsunomiya created East Side King during their time at beloved Uchi and Uchiko to create affordable Japanese street food for Austinites. The menu offers Asian inspired classics at an affordable cost and delicious meals for all food lovers.
You can find the menu and order online here.
Chi’lantro, multiple locations
With so many Asian inspired restaurants in Austin, it's hard to find our favorite. Chi'lantro, home of the Kimchi fries, is definitely at the top of the list. With rice, salads, noodles and rice bowls, wraps and fries for under $10, who can avoid the delicious temptation of this Korean barbecue inspired restaurant?
You can find the Chi'lantro menu and order online here
El Primo, 2011 S. 1st St.
Mexican food trucks aren't hard to find in Austin but if you haven't tried El Primo yet, add it to your list of places to try. With options of tacos, burritos and tortas for breakfast, lunch and dinner, El Primo offers a delicious meal for under $10.
Xian Sushi and Noodle, multiple locations
Lovers of food and cheap eats can appreciate Xian Sushi and Noodle for traditional, fresh Japanese and Chinese cuisine. With hand-pulled noodles, a long list of sushi rolls and so much more for under $10, this restaurant has it all for all foodies.
You can find the Xian Sushi and Noodle menu and order online here.
Biscuits + Groovy, multiple locations
Breakfast lovers can get their morning fix at Biscuits + Groovy for all under $10. With freshly baked buttermilk biscuits and different types of toppings, no morning will feel the same without these biscuit sandwiches.
Dirty Martin's Place, 2808 Guadalupe St.
These award winning burgers from Dirty Martin's Place have been giving Austinites their burger fix since 1926. The burger joint has extremely affordable options and shouldn't be mistaken for anything but delicious.
Bao’d Up, multiple locations
Bao'd Up offers authentic Chinese cuisine with a Texas twist for an ultimate food experience unlike any other. Offering signature baozi, oodles, boba tea and more, the steamed buns are a delicious pick me up for under $10.
Delray Cafe, 1133 E. 11th St.
This Austin food truck offers Detroit style coneys, sliders, wings and more that fit the $10 budget. From original style coney dogs to Texas-inspired ones, Delray Cafe has all types of delicious hot dogs for an affordable price located outside of Nickel City.
You can find the Delray Cafe menu here.
Jewboy Burgers, 511 Airport Blvd.
Jewboy Burgers offers Austinites burgers unlike any other. With a mixture of U.S, Mexico and Jewish inspired dishes, the killer menu options from Jewboy Burgers features burgers, burritos and latkes for a unique food experience.
La Tunita 512, 2400 Burleson Road
If you've never tried birria tacos, La Tunita 512 is the place to hit. With fried tortillas and covered in a traditional slow cooked Mexican beef stew, birria tacos have taken the food world by storm. The food truck offers birria and queso tacos, mulitas, consome and birria tortas.
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From cheap eats to barbecue paradise, and cultural phenomenons to comfort foods, there is no question that Austin is a hub spot to some amazing food places. Yet, despite all the good food, it can be a challenge to find that perfect chicken sandwich. So we did the work for you and found the top 10 fried chicken sandwiches in Austin.
From a take on the southern classic to a plant-based chicken sandwich, Austin has all the spots you need for a perfect bite of crispy, chicken goodness.
Tumble22 Chicken Joint, 7211 Burnet Road<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTc5ODU0MS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyOTcxNTkxMH0.A2qyJW2M4Juo915KBoeDNfn5bXRrM_zxboBxNbq9hP4/img.jpg?width=2000&coordinates=0%2C56%2C0%2C838&height=1500" id="e0f12" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="9f91d07b7535b18dc0c8738cde768929" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="2000" data-height="1500" />
The Original Chicken Sandwich at Tumble22 (Isabella Lopes)<p>Sometimes not straying from tradition is the perfect way to execute a classic, and <a href="http://tumble22.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Tumble22'</a>s take on a fried chicken sandwich is exactly that. A crispy chicken breast topped with coleslaw, bread-n-butter pickled and duke's mayo on a buttered bun for an ultimate bite of comfort and Southern tradition. The restaurant offers a small and original-sized sandwich and different levels of hotness from a "wimpy" to "stupid hot" scale, so don't miss out on the delicious dish from Tumble22.</p>
Spicy Boys, 1701 E. 6th St.<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTc5ODU0OC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1Mzc1MTYzOX0.LmY9xcMwvH_esJtoaJG2gV1zqthYcBJmObOP3pS9xCc/img.jpg?width=2000&coordinates=0%2C389%2C0%2C150&height=1500" id="e708b" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="4aad54cba50a457bbb3e86f88d6a2088" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="2000" data-height="1500" />
The Hot Gai at Spicy Boys (Isabella Lopes)<p>If you haven't yet visited <a href="https://www.spicyboyschicken.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Spicy Boys</a>, you're missing out on a unique blend of spices and flavor profiles that will have you wanting more. The food truck offers three different sandwich options: "The OG" with basil ranch and papaya relish, sweet chili honey, scallion and crispy shallots; "The Hot Gai" with pickles, massaman mayonnaise, Thai basil and Swiss cheese; and the "V Spicy Gai" with spicy ranch, spicy marinated cucumber on a chili toasted bun.</p>
Thai Fresh, 909 W. Mary St.<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTc5ODU1MC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NjgyNzY5Mn0.3gsaE1RLHIPejJHaIy59ZJ93hmKTHAGWgwn_UMoXtRE/img.jpg?width=2000&coordinates=0%2C811%2C0%2C326&height=1500" id="918e9" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="1fb99455d7aecbe93a797d4c398b6980" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="2000" data-height="1500" />
The Chicken Sandwich at Thai Fresh (Isabella Lopes)<p>Besides offering deliciously curated Thai food with seasonal and local ingredients, <a href="https://www.thai-fresh.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Thai Fresh</a> has a chicken sandwich that will fill your taste buds with unique flavors for a mouthwatering bite. Topped with lime chili mayo and spicy pickles, this runner up for the tastiest chicken sandwich in town is not one that should be overlooked.</p>
Dai Due, 2406 Manor Road<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTc5ODU1NS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY3MTU1MjU3Mn0._oToCpPpsq5hszaylgurB5OWfxGxPu8d42_jSMc7VxE/img.jpg?width=2000&coordinates=0%2C479%2C0%2C65&height=1500" id="a4b0f" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="02530b2c66fd2a541c88fd59d98a2b6e" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="2000" data-height="1500" />
The Chicken Sandwich at Dai Due<p><a href="https://www.daidue.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Dai Due</a>'s fried chicken sandwich is no joke. With crispy, double dredged and fried chicken breast, chile morita mayonnaise and pickled watermelon on a bun toasted in ghee, this chicken sandwich will have you thinking "dang," as you devour the entire thing. Don't let the overwhelming uncertainty of flavors make you think this chicken sandwich isn't a winner, because one bite will not be enough and the delicious crispness of the chicken coincides perfectly with everything else.</p>
Lucy's Fried Chicken, multiple locations<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTc5ODU1OC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyNzU5OTMxNH0.4gGdW-kPSEnf_eGPP8sp4SNcCknzFyPbIH4SjuIpXF8/img.jpg?width=2000&coordinates=0%2C451%2C0%2C196&height=1500" id="09849" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="0b9bcc5e8346897fda6631f5493d2df3" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="2000" data-height="1500" />
The Chicken Sandwich at Lucy's Fried Chicken (Isabella Lopes)<p>As we previously stated, there's nothing wrong with tradition if it's perfectly executed. Since <a href="https://www.lucysfriedchicken.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Lucy's Fried Chicken</a> is known for its fried chicken, it's no surprise their chicken sandwich, made simply with lettuce, onion, tomato and mayo, is a delicious bite of crispy tradition. If you're wanting to opt for something healthier, try their grilled chicken sandwich. If you're wanting to opt for something unhealthier, yet equally as tasty, add cheese.</p>
Bird Bird Biscuit, 2701 Manor Road<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTc5ODU2Mi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNjY1OTMyNX0.Zx_re1aH-EGpCexW8hzA0iQMKEPP962D91CKGa5UxVI/img.jpg?width=2000&coordinates=0%2C369%2C0%2C167&height=1500" id="ef114" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="5618c1b99ec18b6296a35e7555b30e09" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="2000" data-height="1500" />
The Queen Beak at Bird Bird Biscuit (Isabella Lopes)<p>Besides providing Austinites with delicious buttermilk biscuits, <a href="https://www.birdbirdbiscuit.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Bird Bird Biscuit</a> has a variety of chicken sandwiches that are out of this world in crispiness and flavor. The Queen Beak, with spiced and breaded chicken, cayenne black pepper honey and bacon-infused chipotle mayo on a buttermilk biscuit is a prime example of what the local joint has to offer. The two other fried chicken sandwich options include the "Firebird," with spiced chicken breast, dill mayo, spicy sweet pickles and cilantro and the "Theodore" with spiced chicken breast, bacon, bbq sauce and cheddar cheese.</p>
Fowl Mouth, 8504 S. Congress Ave.<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTc5ODM5Ni9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY3ODE3Njg5N30.wBm_Exuxka24GielJXLzc6MpbofsGJMhy8bCx1ZimmQ/img.jpg?width=2000&coordinates=0%2C215%2C0%2C215&height=1500" id="8ea57" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="856a77b8fa701b8b7bbcdd98e12a97af" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="2000" data-height="1500" />
The Fried Chicken sandwich at Fowl Mouth (Isabella Lopes)<p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/fowlmouthaustin/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Fowl Mouth</a> food truck at <a href="http://www.thefaroutaustin.com/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Far Out Lounge and Stage</a>, is in a perfect location to serve flavorsome food, music and chicken sandwich lovers. The new food truck offers a menu of chicken, traditional Southern sides and vegan options for all foodies in town. Fowl Mouth's fried chicken sandwich, with shaved kale, pickled jalapeno aioli and the option to add pickles and tomatoes, is a tasty bite perfect to enjoy at any and all live music performances.</p>
Little Ola's Biscuits (Olamaie), 1610 San Antonio St.<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTc5ODU2NS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MzcxNDI5MH0.4BJccEc93exEk6meN2-56bnSA2836iQBgjfJCZsb0DI/img.jpg?width=1200&coordinates=0%2C462%2C0%2C462&height=800" id="31cd9" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="0e5c9c5cdbbeabbd5fad1026fc02a2cd" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="1200" data-height="800" />
The Fried Chicken Biscuit at Little Ola's Biscuits (Isabella Lopes)<p>A little sister to Austin's Southern food spot <a href="https://olamaieaustin.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Olamaie,</a> <a href="https://www.instagram.com/littleolasbiscuits/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Little Ola's Biscuits</a> features the beloved flaky biscuits in chicken sandwich form to provide you with an ultimate food craze. The traditional fried chicken sandwich, with Texas honey on a flaky biscuit is the perfect amount of sweet, savory and crispy to indulge all your taste buds. Little Ola's Biscuits also offers a spicy fried chicken biscuit, with spicy cayenne chili-garlic oil and benne seeds on a flaky biscuit.</p>
Sundaze, 4304 Clawson Road<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTc5ODU2OC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNTk3MDU4OH0.RFnWNWbRHOqqAJtd5L1SgUZu8yrmPKlhOx4WB0B7NfQ/img.jpg?width=2000&coordinates=0%2C183%2C0%2C1&height=1500" id="519e5" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="dbc6b23b852c147be953e3ff1992939b" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="2000" data-height="1500" />
The Spicy Boi at Sundaze (Isabella Lopes)<p>While at first glance the chicken sandwich above looks nothing out of the ordinary, <a href="http://www.sundazetx.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Sundaze</a> provides vegetarians and vegans with a delicious sandwich choice of their own. The plant-based fried chicken sandwiches are a perfect choice for anyone looking for an amazing bite to eat, regardless if you eat chicken or not. Choose between the "Original NFC" with lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion and a side of sauce; the "Spicy Boi," tossed in habanero and drizzled with a curry aioli; the "Buffalo-style sandwich," tossed in buffalo sauce with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion and a side of vegan ranch; or the "Slim Crispy," two thin patties with BBQ, ranch, lettuce and tomato. </p>
Project Pollo, 1401 Rosewood Ave.<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTc5ODU3Mi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY2MzM1NjY2NH0.2fqA2usltV8-N9Wt5KsIyctpIe0ki2JUKtx8oLWu00w/img.jpg?width=2000&coordinates=0%2C35%2C0%2C36&height=1500" id="de19f" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="c62913347416a540c7ee7a5ad93a1a00" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="2000" data-height="1500" />
The Spicy Project at Project Pollo<p><a href="https://www.projectpollo.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Project Pollo</a> is another great location in Austin if you're craving a chicken sandwich but don't eat meat. The menu offers four different crispy plant-based chicken sandwiches: the "Original Project" topped with aioli and dill pickles; the "Deluxe," with bacon, lettuce, tomato and smoked Gouda cheese; the "Spicy Project," with spicy garlic buffalo sauce, ranch and a pickled jalapeno; and the "Pico de Pollo," with credo cashew queso and fresh pico de gallo. Whether you're in need of a traditional tasting chicken sandwich or a more elaborate take on the dish, Project Pollo has you covered. </p>
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