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Nov 9, 2010 08:14 AM

THEY WANT HOW LITTLE? Reasonable Beyond Belief Food Pricing In Austin Part 1

Poster Dilley informed us of Garrido's ten dollar 3 course lunch special and that sounds incredible.

This post will narrate how reasonable certain Austin restaurants are when it comes to pricing their food.

I haven't been to Players in awhile but I do recall them putting out a really good burger combo for about $5, which is half what a lot of places around town charge.

Where are y'all going to get the good bargains in town?

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  1. Ronnie's Real Food Cafe is currently offering an all-inclusive FIVE course meal on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday for only $20. That's appetizer, soup, entree, salad, dessert, coffee or tea, tax, and tip. Ronnie greets you at the door, makes the food, serves the food, and cleans the table after you leave. Kinda like going to dinner at a kindly uncles house.

    Ronnie's Real Foods
    205 S Commons Ford Rd, Austin, TX 78733

    1. Bahn Mi at Tam Deli or Thanh Ni. Don't remember the exact cost at either, but both are very reasonable.

      Tam Deli & Cafe
      8222 N Lamar Blvd Ste D33, Austin, TX 78753

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      1. re: TroyTempest

        You can get a Bahn Mi sandwich, one spring roll (you have to smile and ask politely) and a cream puff for about $5.50 at Tam's.

        What about the Pollo Asada places? Used to be you could get whole grilled chicken, beans, tortillas and salsas for $10. Haven't been in a while.

        Garrido's is a great deal for being downtown. The tortillas are usually fresh and tasty. Highly recommend asking if they have the brisket taco with truffle aoli (which is a bit off topic at $5 but worth splitting if you go).

          1. re: TroyTempest

            El Pollo Rico is a recent discovery of mine. The fact that you can go through a drive through and buy a whole chicken, tortillas, and two sides for 13 bucks (ish) tickles me! The tacos are really good two, and I love how they put half a lime in my bag without me even asking.
            I just finished eating a Vietnamese ham bahn mi from Tam's...So, do they put crack in the bread or what? If I don't get Tam Deli every, hmmmm, two weeks I get cranky, so I schlep from the south and its always totally worth it.

            Tam Deli & Cafe
            8222 N Lamar Blvd Ste D33, Austin, TX 78753

          2. Not sure if there's an online menu anywhere or not, but Little China over on Metric near Parmer (close to the North Ridge AustinCC campus) has great lunch specials.

            Their lunch specials, if I recall correctly, include soup, fried rice and egg roll and cost about $4.95 to $5.95.

            Good portions, really good food.

            Little China
            1921 Cedar Bend Dr Ste 101A, Austin, TX 78758

            1. Sarah's Mediterranean Market seems (te me) to be pretty cheap for what you get.

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              1. re: rudeboy

                Second that. A full dinner plate is about $7. Tasty food, friendly people.

                El Greco
                3016 Guadalupe, Austin, TX

              2. Baguette House: Banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich) and a pate chaud (flaky pastry with pork) all for less than $5.

                Baguette House & Cafe
                10901 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753