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Austin Cheap Eats Comfort Food Joints

I've been creating a Google Satellite Map of above average cheap eats comfort food places for cities across America on my website. I've been to some of these a few years ago, but I would rather have a more grounded current perspective from the Austin chow thread. If you have any please post here. If any of the ones listed are not so hot let me know. Profile explains what I'm about. Thanks. Danny

These are the ones I have on the Austin map so far

Chuy's
Dan's Hamburgers
Dirty Martin's Place
Galaxy Cafe
Guero's
Hill-Bert's Burgers
Hut's Hamburgers
Iron Works Barbecue
Lambert's Downtown Barbeque
Los Comales Restaurant
Onion
P Terry's Burger Stand
Phils Ice House
Salvation Pizza
South Congress Cafe
Threadgill's World Headquarters Restaurant
Top Notch

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  1. I'd add Juan in a Million. Their Don Juan breakfast taco is the most filling thing I've ever eaten for only $3.60. I got three extra tortillas and had four very nicely stuffed breakfast tacos. Can't beat that!

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    1. TX Chili Parlor, Taco Xpress, Arandas?

      i didn't really think of SoCo Cafe as "cheap" though.

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      1. re: NirvRush

        thks - had another look at soco - getting rid of it.

        added parlor xpress

        gosh there are a lot of those arandas'

      2. Lambert's ain't cheap and neither is Guero's. Neither one has very good food, either. Guero's does have good margs, though. For cheap, good mexican food, you have to include Tamale House on Airport. For $3.50, you get a beef taco, two cheese enchiladas with chili sauce and rice and beans (regular dinner), served from early morning 'til 3:00pm. For barbecue, you've got to list House Park, open weekdays for lunch.

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        1. re: austinfood

          got some low marks but i'm going to go with your opinion - like their slogan too adding House Park to austin and texas q map...lamberts & guero(bar) 2 of the places i've actually been - i'm not that attached after some reflection...

        2. I really like Milto's. As a college student, you could often find me there. The subs are the size of your face and they easily provided enough for two meals.

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              1. re: Rene

                hi rene - not allowed to post a direct link on the thread. Mods have allowed me to put my site on my profile here. once there look down to right for Austin - Satellite Map there at top as well as individual listings below..

          1. Dude, your list needs some work. Take off Lambert's, Gueros, Threadgills, Galaxy Cafe (not any good), Los Comales (no good either), and add:

            Nubian Queen Lola's
            El Taco Rico
            Galloway's
            Piedras Negras
            Sam's BBQ

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            1. re: fleurs

              lamberts guero were taken off jan 29th...
              i like galaxy threadgills

              anyone else on los comales...

              galloway's still open?

              piedras negras?

              added el taco and sams thks

              have mixed reviews about lola god love her...
              the frugal dude abides...

              1. re: FrugalDanny

                i like galaxy too.

                what about Pho Thai Son? bowl of pho is way comforting. esp 5 mins from your house. =)

                1. re: NirvRush

                  big bowl of pho is good cheap eating...which pho thai son?

                  1. re: FrugalDanny

                    i go to the one on William Cannon and Brodie. i usually don't eat the same thing twice when i return to restaurants, but my new favorite there is the noodle soup with pork, chicken, fish balls, shrimp and squid (pick out the krab, blech). sometimes with "pho noodles" instead of egg noodles. yummmmm.

            2. You should definitely add Tacodeli. It's a gem of a place on Spyglass at Barton Skyway. There is a north location also.

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              1. Taqueria Arandas:
                6534 Burnet Rd
                2448 S 1st St
                2038 W Stassney Ln
                834 E Rundberg Ln
                4619 S. Congress Ave

                Thanh Nhi (Vietnamese):
                9200 N Lamar Blvd

                Baguette House (Viet Sandwich):
                10901 N Lamar Blvd

                Mi Victoria (Mex Bakery/Tacos):
                5245 Burnet Rd

                Chris' Little Chicago:
                3600 S. Lamar

                El Taquito:
                1713 E Riverside Dr

                Rosita's Al Pastor:
                1911 E Riverside Dr

                Sarah's (Mediterranean):
                5222 Burnet Rd

                Williams BBQ:
                1814 Harvey St

                East Side Pies;
                1401 Rosewood Ave

                El Pollo Regio
                725 Ohlen Rd

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                1. re: brattpowered

                  brattpowered
                  you had me all excited with your Williams Barbecue listing at 1814 Harvey st.

                  It's Lewis' Barbecue unless it's changed names recently.

                  1. re: scrumptiouschef

                    Ah, sorry to dissapoint but I guess I have Williams on the brain for some reason. I meant Lewis.

                2. johndawson
                  please describe your "award winning chili".

                  What competition did this chili win?

                  Who were the judges?

                  What chilis did it trounce?

                  What style of chili is it?

                  Where is it prepared?

                  How frequently?

                  I love chili and need the info forthwith.