SXSW: Where to Find Cheap Eats

A guide to the city's best restaurants that won't blow your wad.

March 2012By , and Comments

Austin Daily Press (Late Night)
Pressed sandwiches in a downtown food cart
900 Red River, 512-644-2959
austindailypress.com
Location: Downtown
Categories: Trailers, Late Night, Cheap Eats

Austin Frigid Frog
Hawaiian shaved ice stand
1219 S. Lamar Blvd, 512-825-6464
Follow @FrigidFrog
Location: S. Congress
Categories: Trailers, Sweet Tooth, Cheap Eats

Bacon
Cheerful house dishing up fried chicken and all things bacon
900 W. 10th, 512-322-9777
baconaustin.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Cheap Eats

Bananarchy
Frozen banana food cart
600 S. Lamar
bananarchy.net
Follow @Bananarchy_ATX
Location: S. Lamar/Barton Springs
Categories: Trailers, Sweet Tooth, Cheap Eats

Bella Cucina
Italian street food
3600 S. Lamar, 512-965-8197
Location: S. Lamar/Barton Springs
Category: Cheap Eats, Trailers

Big Top Dogs
New York–style hot dog cart in the heart of downtown
201 E. 6th, 512-484-0050
bigtop-dogs.com
Location: Downtown
Categories: Trailers, Cheap Eats, Late Night

Blue Dog Pizza
Stone-baked pizza
S. 1st Food Court, 603 W. Live Oak, 512-800-9186
Location: Down South
Category: Cheap Eats, Trailers

Buffalo Bob’s Chalupa Wagon
Vegetarian chalupas
S. 1st Food Court, 603 W. Live Oak, 512-662-2801
Location: Down South
Category: Cheap Eats, Trailers

Burger Tex II
Famous burgers and bulgogi, casual student spot
2912 Guadalupe, 512-477-8433
burgertex.com
Location: Central
Categories: Cheap Eats, Tried & True

Cheer Up Charlie’s
Homemade chocolates and vegan food cart
1104 E. 6th, 512-431-2133
Location: East Side
Categories: Trailers, Veggie Delight, Cheap Eats

Chipotle
Burritos, burrito bowls, and tacos
1603 S. Congress
chipotle.com
Location: S. Congress
Category: Cheap Eats, Trailers

Chubby Hug Is Happy Fun Noodle Time
Late-night noodles and vegetarian options
E. 6th & Waller, 512-323-6180
Follow @ChubbyHug
Location: East Side
Categories: Trailers, Late Night, Cheap Eats

Coat and Thai
Funky Thai food trailer
1603 S. Congress, 512-970-2154
Location: S. Congress
Category: Cheap Eats, Trailers

Conscious Cravings
Vegetarian wraps, salads, and smoothies
1311 S. 1st, 512-582-9182
consciouscravingsaustin.com
Location: Down South
Categories: Trailers, Cheap Eats, Veggie Delight

Counter Culture
Vegan and raw foods trailer
120 E. North Loop/Ave F
countercultureaustin.com
Location: Central
Categories: Trailers, Veggie Delight, Cheap Eats

Crepes Mille
Savory and sweet crepes
1318 S. Congress, 512-919-2416
crepesmille.com
Location: S. Congress
Categories: Trailers, Cheap Eats

Cutie Pies
Award-winning pies; food cart
1600 S. Congress, 512-589-7979
cutiepiewagon.com
Follow @CutiePieWagon
Location: S. Congress
Categories: Trailers, Sweet Tooth, Cheap Eats

Dirty Martin’s Place
Greasy old-fashioned burgers
2808 Guadalupe, 512-477-3173
dirtymartins.com
Location: Central
Categories: Cheap Eats, Tried & True

Dock and Roll
Seafood and Southern cooking
1503 S. 1st, 512-657-8415
dockandrolldiner.com
Location: Down South
Category: Trailers, Cheap Eats

East Side King
Quirky
1618 1/2 E. 6th
eastsidekingaustin.com
Location: East Side
Categories: Cheap Eats, Trailers

East Side Pies Pizzeria
Indie pizza with gourmet toppings
1401 Rosewood Ave, 512-524-0933
eastsidepies.com
Location: East Side
Categories: Cheap Eats, Tried & True

888
Pan-Asian casual diner
2400 E. Oltorf, 512-448-4722
888panasian.com
Location: Down South
Categories: Cheap Eats

El Alma
Ambitious Mexican food (not your average Tex-Mex spot)
1025 Barton Springs Rd, 512-609-8923
elalmacafe.com
Location: S. Lamar/Barton Springs
Category: Cheap Eats

El Primo
Tacos
S. 1st Food Court, 603 W. Live Oak
Location: Down South
Category: Cheap Eats, Trailers

Fat Cactus
Southwestern fry breads
1318 S. Congress
fatcactusaustin.com
Location: S. Congress
Category: Cheap Eats, Trailers

Five Guys Burgers & Fries
Classic burgers and sandwiches
3208 Guadalupe, 512-452-4300
fiveguys.com
Location: Central
Categories: Cheap Eats

Flip Happy Crepes
Trailer with hearty, sweet, and savory choices
400 Josephine, 512-552-9034
Location: S. Lamar/Barton Springs
Categories: Trailers, Sweet Tooth, Cheap Eats

Flying Falafel and Po-Boys
Mediterranean fare and sandwiches
2001 Guadalupe, 512-494-1400
flyingfalafelaustin.com
Location: Central
Categories: Cheap Eats, Comfy Cafes

F.N. Goode Burgers
Specialty burger cart behind Woodrow’s
2610 Guadalupe, 512-663-1146
Location: Central
Categories: Trailers, Cheap Eats

Frank & Angie’s Pizzeria
New York–style pizza; funky and fun
508 West Ave, 512-472-3534
hutsfrankandangies.com
Location: Downtown
Categories: Cheap Eats, Tried & True

Frank Restaurant
Artisan hot dogs, unique drinks; retro feel
407 Colorado, 512-494-6894‎
hotdogscoldbeer.com
Location: Downtown
Categories: Comfy Cafes, Cheap Eats

Fran’s Hamburgers
Burgers; old-fashioned diner
1822 S. Congress, 512-444-5738‎
Location: S. Congress
Categories: Cheap Eats, Tried & True

Freebirds
Tex-Mex fast food
515 S. Congress, 512-462-3512
freebirds.com
Location: S. Congress
Categories: Cheap Eats

Gourdough’s
Endless choices of funky gourmet doughnuts
1503 S. 1st, 512-947-0917
gourdoughs.com
Location: Down South
Categories: Late Night, Cheap Eats, Trailers, Sweet Tooth

Gourmands
Gourmet sandwiches served in a pool hall run by locals
2316 Webberville Rd, 512-610-2031
lovetheysandwich.com
Location: East Side
Categories: Comfy Cafe, Cheap Eats, Late Night

G’Raj Mahal Café
Fun and casual Indian; delivery available
91 Red River, 512-480-2255
Location: Downtown
Categories: Veggie Delight, Trailers, Cheap Eats

Grill Haven
Middle Eastern–inspired sandwiches
S. 1st Food Court, 601 W. Live Oak, 512-481-9769
Location: Down South
Category: Cheap Eats, Trailers

Hey Cupcake
Cute cupcakes from an airstream; lots of flavors
1600 S. Congress, 512-476-2253
heycupcake.com
Location: S. Congress
Categories: Trailers, Sweet Tooth, Cheap Eats

Hey You Gonna Eat or What
Sandwiches served with a bad attitude
1318 S. Congress
heyyougonnaeatorwhat.com
Location: S. Congress
Category: Cheap Eats, Trailers

Hoboken Pie
Jersey-inspired, locally owned late-night pizza joint
718 Red River, 512-477-4256
hobokenpie.com
Location: Downtown
Categories: Cheap Eats, Tried & True, Late Night

Holy Cacao
Sweet confections
1311 S. 1st, 512-851-2253
theholycacao.com
Location: Down South
Categories: Cheap Eats, Trailers

Hot Dog King
Downtown hot dog trailer
8th & Red River
Location: Downtown
Categories: Trailer, Cheap Eats

Hot Slices
Campus-area pizza joint
2530 Guadalupe, 512-322-9499
Location: Central
Categories: Cheap Eats

Hut’s Hamburgers
Greasy, old-fashioned burgers in a casual diner
807 W. 6th, 512-472-0693
hutsfrankandangies.com
Location: Downtown
Categories: Comfy Cafes, Tried & True, Cheap Eats

Izzoz Tacos
Tacos and eclectic appetizers; food cart
1503 S. 1st, 512-916-4996
izzoztacos.com
Location: Down South
Category: Trailers, Cheap Eats

Joe’s Mexican Food
Bakery, coffee shop, and cheap Tex-Mex
2305 E. 7th, 512-472-0017
Location: East Side
Category: Cheap Eats

Jovita’s Mexican Restaurant
Local fave for greasy Tex-Mex and great live music
1619 S. 1st, 512-447-7825
jovitas.com
Location: Down South
Categories: Cheap Eats, Tried & True

Juan in a Million
Famous breakfast tacos and Tex-Mex
2300 E. Cesar Chavez, 512-472-3872
juaninamillion.com
Location: East Side
Categories: Cheap Eats, Tried & True

Kebabalicious (Dinner)
European-Turkish street food
7th & Trinity, 512-418-1065
austinkebab.com
Location: Downtown
Categories: Trailers, Late Night, Cheap Eats

Kebabalicious (Lunch)
European-Turkish street food
2nd & Congress, 512-418-1065
austinkebab.com
Location: Downtown
Categories: Trailers, Cheap Eats

Komé
Traditional Chinese in a homey space
4917 Airport Blvd, 512-712-5700
kome-austin.com
Follow @komeAustin
Location: Up North
Category: Cheap Eats

La Boite
Macaroons, croissants, and sandwiches in a shipping container
1700 S. Lamar, 512-377-6198
laboitecafe.com
Location: S. Lamar/Barton Springs
Category: Cheap Eats, Trailers, Sweet Tooth

La Boite
Macaroons, croissants, and sandwiches in a shipping container
1006 Congress, 512-377-6198
laboitecafe.com
Location: Downtown
Category: Cheap Eats, Trailers, Sweet Tooth

La Casa del Fuego
Late-night taco truck
402 Lavaca
Location: Downtown
Categories: Trailers, Cheap Eats, Late Night

La Pàtisserie
Small cottage; French pastries, sandwiches, and salads
602 W. Annie, 512-912-0033
lpaustin.com
Follow @LaPatisserieATX
Location: Down South
Categories: Cheap Eats

Little Deli and Pizzeria
Tiny neighborhood joint serving New Jersey–style pizzas
7101 Woodrow Ave, 512-467-7402
littledeliandpizza.com
Location: Up North
Category: Cheap Eats

Little Sub Trailer
Sandwiches and salads next to Austin Tricyclist
923 Barton Springs Rd, 512-925-5626
littlesubtrailer.com
Location: S. Lamar/Barton Springs
Categories: Trailers, Cheap Eats

Live Oak Barbecue
Meats served on butcher paper
2713 E. 2nd, 512-524-1930
liveoakbbq.net
Location: East Side
Category: Cheap Eats

Lucky J’s Chicken and Waffles
Southern soul food truck
E. 6th & Waller, 512-296-9914
Location: East Side
Categories: Trailers, Cheap Eats, Late Night

Luke’s Inside Out
Sandwiches; open late
1109 S. Lamar, 512-589-8883
lukesinsideout.com
Location: S. Lamar/Barton Springs
Category: Cheap Eats, Trailers, Late Night

Lulu B’s
Fresh, cheap Vietnamese sandwiches
2113 S. Lamar, 512-921-4828
Follow @luluB0107
Location: S. Lamar/Barton Springs
Categories: Trailers, Cheap Eats

Magnolia Cafe
Eclectic 24-hour diner serving American, Tex-Mex, and breakfast; quirky local favorite
2304 Lake Austin Blvd, 512-478-8645
themagnoliacafe.com
Location: Central
Categories: Late Night, Tried & True, Cheap Eats

Magnolia Cafe South
Eclectic 24-hour diner serving American, Tex-Mex, and breakfast; quirky local favorite
1920 S. Congress, 512-445-0000
themagnoliacafe.com
Location: S. Congress
Categories: Late Night, Tried & True, Cheap Eats

MamboBerry
Frozen yogurt and sandwiches to cool you off
801 Barton Springs Rd, 512-992-8196
mamboberry.com
Location: S. Lamar/Barton Springs
Category: Cheap Eats, Trailers

Man Bites Dog
Hot dogs in a casual space
5222 Burnet Rd, 512-614-1330
manbitesdogaustin.com
Follow @MANBITESDOGTX
Location: Up North
Categories: Trailers, Cheap Eats

The Mighty Cone
Hudson’s on the Bend offshoot; eclectic
1603 S. Congress, 512-383-9609
mightycone.com
Location: S. Congress
Categories: Trailers, Cheap Eats

Mi Madre’s
Famous breakfast tacos; family-friendly Tex-Mex
2201 Manor Rd, 512-322-9721
mimadresrestaurant.com
Follow @mimadres
Location: East Side
Categories: Cheap Eats

Mmmpanadas (Daytime)
Fresh artisan empanadas
2nd & Congress, 512-788-2228
mmmpanadas.com
Follow @mmmpanadas
Location: Downtown
Categories: Trailers, Cheap Eats

Mmmpanadas (Late Night)
Fresh artisan empanadas
4th & Guadalupe, 512-788-2228
mmmpanadas.com
Follow @mmmpanadas
Location: Downtown
Categories: Trailers, Cheap Eats

Ms P’s Electric Cock
Fried chicken goodness
1101 S. Congress, 512-912-7778
electriccock.com
Follow @MsPelectricCock
Location: S. Congress
Category: Cheap Eats, Trailers

Old School BBQ & Grill
Popular school bus-turned-mobile eatery’s new brick and mortar spot
1112 E. 6th, 512-947-6830
Location: Downtown
Categories: Trailers, Cheap Eats

The Original New Orleans Po-Boy Gumbo Shop
Po-boys, gumbo, and New Orleans–style cooking
1603 S. Congress
Location: S. Congress
Category: Cheap Eats, Trailers

Osaka Soul
Japanese pizza
S. 1st Food Court, 603 W. Live Oak, 512-380-1513
osakasoul.com
Location: Down South
Category: Cheap Eats, Trailers

The Parlor (Hyde Park)
Punk-rock pizza dive and bar
4031 Guadalupe, 512-323-0440
Location: Central
Categories: Veggie Delight, Cheap Eats

The Parlor (North)
Punk-rock pizza dive and bar; nightly live music
100 North Loop Blvd, 512-454-8965
Location: Up North
Categories: Veggie Delight, Cheap Eats

Pitalicious
Meat, chicken, or vegan Mediterranean pita sandwiches
1603 S. Congress, 512-649-1975
austinpitalicious.com
Location: S. Congress
Category: Cheap Eats, Trailers

P. Terry’s
Old-fashioned burger joint with an organic and all-natural twist
404 S. Lamar Blvd, 512-473-2217
pterrys.com
Location: S. Lamar/Barton Springs
Categories: Cheap Eats

Sam’s BBQ
Quintessential barbeque joint with late-night service (open until 3 a.m.) on Fridays and Saturdays
2000 E. 12th, 512-478-0378
Location: East Side
Categories: Cheap Eats, Late Night

Short Bus
Sandwiches and subs in a mini school bus
1603 S. Congress
Location: S. Congress
Category: Cheap Eats, Trailers

Sno Beach
Huge selection of shaved ice snow cones
801 Barton Springs Rd
Location: S. Lamar/Barton Springs
Category: Cheap Eats, Trailers

SoCo To Go
Southern comfort food in a trailer
1209 S. 1st, 512-970-8646
socotogo.com/home
Location: Down South
Categories: Cheap Eats, Trailers

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew
Smoked ’cue in a space just right for watching ESPN or listening to country music
6610 N. Lamar, 512-380-9199
stilesswitchbbq.com
Follow @stilesswitchbbq
Location: Up North
Category: Cheap Eats

Stony’s Mobile Pizza Kitchen
East Coast pizza truck
6th & Red River, 512-287-0666
Location: Downtown
Categories: Trailers, Late Night, Cheap Eats

Tam Deli
Traditional Vietnamese food in an unassuming setting
8222 N. Lamar, 512-834-6458
Location: Up North
Category: Cheap

Texas Cuban
Hot-pressed sandwiches
1700 S. Lamar
texascuban.com
Location: S. Lamar/Barton Springs
Category: Cheap Eats, Trailers

Thai Noodle House
Quiet, cozy Thai cafe
2602 Guadalupe, 512-494-1011
Location: Central
Category: Cheap Eats

Torchy’s Tacos (Guadalupe)
Cheap and tasty tacos
2801 Guadalupe, 512-494-8226
torchystacos.com
Follow @TorchyTaco
Location: Central
Categories: Cheap Eats

Torchy’s Tacos (South)
Cheap and tasty tacos
2809 S. 1st, 512-444-0300
torchystacos.com
Follow @TorchyTaco
Location: Down South
Categories: Cheap Eats

Torchy’s Tacos (South Austin Trailer Park)
Cheap and tasty tacos from a trailer
1311 S. 1st, 512-366-0537
torchystacos.com
Follow @TorchyTaco
Location: Down South
Categories: Cheap Eats, Trailers

Torchy’s Tacos (South Lamar)
Cheap and tasty tacos
3005 S. Lamar, 512-614-1832
torchystacos.com
Follow @TorchyTaco
Location: S. Lamar
Category: Cheap Eats

Trey’s Cuisine
Kebabs and croquettes
600 S. Lamar, 512-234-2103
treyscuisine.com
Location: S. Lamar/Barton Springs
Category: Cheap Eats, Trailers

Trophy’s Bar and Grill
Dive bar and South Austin fixture; live music
2008 S. Congress, 512-447-0969
Location: S. Congress
Categories: Cheap Eats

Veggie Heaven
Unique pan-Asian vegetarian and vegan
1914 Guadalupe, 512-457-1013
Location: Central
Categories: Veggie Delight, Cheap Eats

Wefuse
Fresh Japanese/French fusion
120 E. 4th, 512-236-1011
wefuse.net
Location: Downtown
Category: Cheap Eats

Wurst Tex
Cheap and tasty wieners from a trailer
1603 S. Congress, 512-289-1329
Location: S. Congress
Category: Cheap Eats, Trailers

Zen
Healthy, local stir-fry chain
3423 Guadalupe, 512-300-2633
eatzen.com
Follow @EatZEN
Location: Central
Categories: Cheap Eats

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