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Apr 3, 2007 10:17 AM

Austin - April 23-29 - Cheap Eats?

Will be in the Austin/San Antonio areas for that week.......
A band of 9 guys that will not have a lot of money for food........
Need cheap good eats!!
Any suggestions............??!??!!?

Will be hitting Lockhart for BBQ while going back and forth from S.A. and Austin so don't really need BBQ tips....


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  1. La Mexicana Bakery (24 hours, great tacos, good tres leches)
    Hut's Burgers has 2 for 1 Mon-Wed (Call to verify days)
    Madam Mam's is good cheap Thai
    Kyoto has drink and sushi special until 6:45 ecah day

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    1. re: adewaal
      a sad subject to revisit but please consider before visiting La Mexicana....a better choice would be to go to La Michoacana on E.7th at Chicon,buy a pound of carnitas for 6 bucks and lay out a spread for the lads.

      1. re: scrumptiouschef

        That is sad to hear...I have not been there in awhile. Thanks for the heads up!

    2. Here are a few super cheap options:

      Happy Hour at Chuys: Free Nacho bar....go have a margarita and load up on nachos with meat, queso etc.

      Veggie Heaven: (near campus on the drag) most plates chock full of tofu or other meat sub., most less than $7.

      Hut's Hamburgers: Wednesdays is 2 for 1 burger night!

      Casino El Camino: Huge Yummy Cheap Hamburgers in a great bar on 6th. Better than Hut's.

      Chango's: (one on Guadalupe around 30th the other on South Lamar) one of my choices for cheap and very fresh tasting tacos and burritos.

      Madam Mam's: Great cheap thai just across from campus

      Best Wurst: Find these carts downtown at night. Very tasty dogs, brats, and kraut. My favorite of all the late night options downtown (at least in the thick of it all).

      Silhouette: Certainly not the best sushi in town but they do have some cheap specials including all night happy hour (many rolls half off) on Monday.

      Frank and Angie's: Has many 2 for 1 deals: one night....maybe someone can two for one pizza night and i think Sunday is two for one Spagetti and Meatballs.

      Thunderclouds Subs: A cheap local chain for subs. Try the Office Special (egg salad, bacon and cheese).

      Star Seeds: NOTE! I only recommend going here after a long night out at the bars. It's pretty crusty, but a standard for drunk eats and super cheap. The breakfast tacos are as big as your face.

      Hoovers: A little pricier (think around 12 or so for entrees) but the CFS is as big as the plate. With sides and the yummy bread basket it'll fill you for days.

      ANY Taco stand!

      1. What does "not have a lot of money" mean? $10-$12.00 per head?
        Guero's, Manuel's, (both authentic Mexican), Moonshine (southern), Champs (sports bar in the Marriott downtown). All will give you about $10.00-$18.00 per head.
        In the downtown area, this would be about it for "cheap" eats. The other suggestions will require a car and a drive. Downtown area is walkable, which is what I'm suggesting. Good luck!

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        1. re: sleigh

          More like $5.00 per head unfortunately........real CHEAP...........
          thanks !

          1. re: slowrider

            I think one of the GREAT cheap eats in austin is the Fish Taco at Marisco Grill (I go to the one on Burnet but there is one down town too). It's like, $3.50 and huge and tasty It's grilled fish in a mayo-ish sauce. Not like the fried ones I've had elsewhere, (Those are good too.) Anyway, at happy hour you can get chips salsa, a beer and a fish taco for $5.00.

            1. re: slowrider

              Also: Go to Wheatville Coop. Walk to the Deli counter. Order a LARGE blackbeans and rice with cheese, tomatoes, onions, and Jalapenos. It is wonderful food, so much I can hardly eat it all, incredibly healthy, and I think it's under $4.00. Two people could split one for lunch and save money for beer later.

              1. re: Dave Westerberg

                WV beans and rice is 1.99!And all organic to boot...But even better, is the tempeh frito pie, for 3.75 or something. REALLY hits the spot on a budget!

                1. re: amenidad

                  Before people run wild on Wheatsville please bear in mind Chowhounds 'Mission...."intense deliciousness"is the order of the day.Wheatsville's charms do not extend into this realm,it may be cheap,vegetarian etc but it does not even try for intense deliciousness.You can dine cheaply in our fair city and still have stellar food.

                  1. re: scrumptiouschef

                    I assume, then, you've eaten the meal I posted about? If you have not had that meal at WV, (Rice, blackbeans and add-ins), please try it try it. It is one of the tastiest meals in Austin. Simple and robust and delicious. Peasant fare, but no less delicious for being so. This IS stellar food, to me. I've had it maybe 10 times, and I'm always glad I did.

                    1. re: Dave Westerberg

                      A good friends roomie was the cook there for a couple years so we regularly ate Wheatsvilles was filling,nourishing etc but I can't recall my eyes rolling back in my head like the first time I had Rosita's al Pastor,El Zunzal's guacamole or the Chicago Burger at Casino's.I love peasant food but once again intense deliciousness is why I utilize Chowhound as a vital resource.

                      1. re: scrumptiouschef

                        One person's "intense deliciousness" is another person's "eh." Dave's post has me excited to try the black beans at mother and grandmother both made black beans that made my eyes roll back, and the description here bodes of intense deliciousness in my book.

              2. re: slowrider

                MGM foods on Burnet has great Samosas--stuffed Indian savory, spicy pastries. They are 89 cents apiece. These are the same ones sold at Ken's Doughnuts (same maker), but cheaper. Two or three will fill you up.

                1. re: Dave Westerberg

                  Can you elaborate on this? Are they made there? Thanks.

                  1. re: chucklesmcfarland

                    No they are not made at MGM. There is a family that makes samosas--lots and lots of them--and they sell them wholesale in big aluminum foil pans to MGM and Kens donuts, where they are sold retail. The man who owns MGM (who is a GREAT guy) told me Ken's sells them for I think 1.25, MGM sells them for 89 cents. Ken's sells several thousand a month. The family is opening a store or resto, soon.

                    One of the great bargains at MGM are the 4 lb bags of almonds. I eat a lot of almonds as a snack and they are under $5 a pound there. But I always have to pay the "Samosa Tax" as I call it and buy two samosas just for walking in the store. I love those things.

            2. Taqueria Arandas #3!! Cheap as hell and darn good. Not that you can't get that in SA. Kirby's isn't expensive I don't think.

              1. Taco Cabana?
                But I actually LIKE their black bean tacos, can't comment on the meats etc.
                2xtacos@.99 + chips@.59 + all the free salsa and extras you can eat= $2.8something.

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                1. re: chucklesmcfarland

                  Of course you could go to any taqueria in town (Arandas for example) and get two tacos (at 1.29 a piece) and free chips and salsa and it would still be better than Taco Cabana. The only thing Taco C has going for it is that it is 24 hours. t