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Where to find lunch for $10 or less in Austin

Ready for your lunch break? Check out these 26 lunches from North to South Austin.

Two tacos topped with crumbled cheese, avocado, and beans.

All this for $10? Eat your heart out.

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Looking for a tasty, local lunch spot that doesn’t break the bank? We’re here for you, Austin. Check out this list of 26 places where lunch for one costs $10 or less.

We know proximity is key when it comes to a midday meal, so we’ve broken up these spots into their respective sides of town: central, east, south, north, and west.


Bowl of pork, avocado, eggs, and peppers on a bed of rice, topped with sesame seeds from Koriente Restaurant in Austin, Texas.

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Koriente, 621 E. 7th St.
Koriente offers healthy, Asian-inspired dishes at a low cost for a quick meal. With fresh ingredients, seafood, vegan and gluten-free options, this restaurant is the great for takeout under $10.


Jewboy Burgers, 511 Airport Blvd.
Jewboy Burgers offers Austinites burgers unlike any other. With a mixture of US, Mexican, and Jewish-inspired dishes, options include burgers, burritos, and latkes for a unique food experience.

Plate of chicken biryani from Teji's Indian Restaurant in Austin, Texas.

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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.

Thundercloud Subs, Multiple locations
Another Austin classic, Thundercloud Subs offers fresh subs and salads for a quick, cheap and refreshing meal.

Plant based tacos El Furioso and El Diferente from Veracruz Tacos in Austin, Texas.

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.

Table featuring takeout food from Chi'Lantro BBQ in Austin, Texas.

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Chi’lantro BBQ, Multiple locations
Chi’lantro — home of the famous Kimchi fries — offers rice, salads, noodles and rice bowls, wraps, and fries. Who can avoid the temptation of a Korean barbecue-inspired lunch?

Takeout container with three biscuits topped with cheese and chives at Biscuits + Groovy in Austin, Texas.

Biscuits + Groovy, Multiple locations
Try some breakfast for lunch — if you can make before the 2 p.m. closing time, that is. Serving freshly baked buttermilk biscuits and different types of toppings, Biscuits + Groovy offers a range of biscuit sandwiches under $10.

P. Terry’s, Multiple locations
The beloved Austin chain 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 burgers for low prices.

Burger with onion rings sitting on a table next to a Bloody Mary in mason jar from Dirty Martin's Place in Austin, TX.

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Dirty Martin’s, 2808 Guadalupe St.
These award-winning burgers from Dirty Martin’s, a campus favorite for UT students, have been giving Austinites their burger fix since 1926.

Snarf’s Sandwiches, Multiple locations
What started in Boulder, Colorado as a sandwich shack now serves Austin fresh and delicious oven-toasted sandwiches for an affordable price.


Fresh greens topped with grilled chicken, onion, and spices from Kebabalicious in Austin, Texas.

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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.

Juan in a Million, 2300 E. Cesar Chavez St.
You’ll often see a line of people waiting to get into this eastside spot, and for good reason. The Mexican food cafe’s Don Juan breakfast taco is famous, and costs $6.95.

Plate with poached eggs and bacon on a biscuit with a side of diced potatoes from Cenote in Austin, Texas.

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Cenote, 1010 E. Cesar Chavez St.
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.

Hand reaching in to grab a dumpling among a layout of takeout containers with steamed dumplings and French fries from Bao'd Up in Austin, Texas.

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Bao’d Up, Multiple locations
Bao’d Up offers Chinese cuisine with a Texas twist. Although you might pay slightly more than $10, the menu offers a wide range including signature baozi, oodles, boba tea, and steamed buns.

Two hot dogs topped with chili, mustard, and white onions from Delray Cafe in Austin, Texas.

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Delray Cafe, 1133 E. 11th St.
This Austin food truck offers Detroit-style coneys, sliders, wings and more. 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.


To-go container with Thai chicken kara-agé, pork belly bun, brussels sprout salad, and liberty rice from East Side King in Austin, Texas.

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East Side King, 2310 S. Lamar Blvd.
Chefs Paul Qui and Moto Utsunomiya created East Side King during their time at Uchi and Uchiko to create affordable Japanese street food for Austinites. Most dishes range between $10-$15.

Table with several tinfoil-wrapped tacos and salsa from El Primo in Austin, Texas.

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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. The popular spot offers tacos, burritos, and tortas for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Several Palo Seco tacos in takeout boxes topped with onion and cilantro located in Austin, Texas.

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La Tunita 512, 2400 Burleson Road
La Tunita 512 is the place to go for a birria taco. 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.

Gourdough’s, 1503 S. 1st St.
Gordough’s Big Fat Donuts offers a unique menu of donuts for anyone looking to give into their sweet cravings. With different toppings and types of donuts, the food truck is ideal if you’re looking for a delicious sweet snack under $10.


Several brisket tacos next to a cup of queso, verde salsa, and red salsa from Tyson's Tacos in Austin, Texas.

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Tyson’s Tacos, 4905 Airport Blvd.
Tyson’s Tacos offers unique tacos for a cheap and delicious meal. For under $10, you can find any taco calling your name and fuel your taco dreams.

Ng Cafe, 13000 N. Interstate Hwy. 35, Bldg. 12, Ste. 200
This family-owned restaurant, founded and operated by Y and Nguyet Quach, started as a small stand in the back of a supermarket. You won’t want to miss its banh mi sandwiches made with fresh, handmade baguettes.

Sushi roll stacked on a plate from Xian Sushi and Noodles in Austin, Texas.

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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, and a long list of sushi rolls for under $10, this restaurant has it all for foodies on a budget.


A close-up of a hot chicken sandwich in a basket.

Try a range of Nashville-style hot chicken sandwiches from Tumble 22.

Tumble 22, Multiple locations
Try a basket of spicy chicken bites or tenders at this Nashville-inspired hot chicken spot.

Papa’s Tacos, 7110 Bee Caves Rd., Ste. B
Try the barbacoa tacos or the breakfast tacos at this westside food truck.

Thai Kruefha, 1158 Lost Creek Blvd.
Some of this food truck’s lunch entrees may run you a couple bucks more than $10, but we’ll bet your dish will be worth it. Visitors have praised this spot’s red curry and pad see ewe.

Four Brothers, Multiple locations
If you haven’t had a pair of Venezuelan empanadas for lunch yet, you’re missing out. This local food truck chain is famous for its Chicken empanada and Bomba arepa, which features two meats plus sweet plantains and black beans dressed in avocado and garlic sauces.

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