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Feb 3, 2003 09:21 AM

Austin - Lunch Downtown under $10?

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Every Thursday I'm in charge of finding a place for our office (7 people) to have lunch.

I posted this months back, but I'm out of ideas again. Can you suggest some lunch places in Austin that have good food are close to downtown (6th and Congress area) with lunches between $6-$10?


This year we have tried Austin's Pizza, PF Changs, El Mercado and Zen.

(My low budget reviews on the above: Austin's Pizza is some of the best delivery pizza available in Austin. PF Changs is wonderful only complaint is the loud restaurant. El Mercado is allright, not impressive - cold tortilla soup. Zen is Japanese Fast Food - good for what it is.)

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  1. Thanks for the reviews. Manuel's is a terrific downtown Mexican restaurant, and you can order half orders of most dishes, even at night. These are perfect lunches, and cheap. Also the half-priced appetizers are great bargains, starting at 4:00.

    1. This one has to go in the category of "I haven't been but I've heard good things," but the State Capitol Extension, immediately north of the Capitol and underground, reportedly has a very good cafeteria. It is a very cool part of the Capitol complex and is interesting to see (I have looked) so in that regard it would be fun and out of the norm. Would you please go and report back?

      Here's the link:


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      1. re: Greg Spence

        The Capitol Grill - We have actually dined there a couple of times. I have not been impressed. From my experieces the meals have been a cross between high-school cafeteria and Luby's. The bread has been hard, the chicken was dry.

        That said, they do have quite an impressive salad bar, and there is some good options that I've not tried..I have gone with the "Express Lunch" both times I went.

        I'd recommend going there just for the kitch of it. It's a really great feeling to walk through the capitol and witness the history.

      2. Have you tried Noodle-Ism? It's on 5th by Kenichi, just off Congress. It's a neat looking restaurant with some pretty interesting menu items.

        1. I'll second the recommendation of Noodle-Ism.

          I'd also recommend Thai Tara on the south side of 6th Street, between Guadalupe and Lamar.

          Austin Java Company at 12th and Lamar went down hill for a while, but has been back to its earlier greatness the last few times I've been there.

          Fado is another place to try and I'm pretty sure it's within your budget.

          Mike's Pub has good burgers. It's a hole-in-the-wall at 108 E. Seventh. If you blink, you'll miss the entrance, which is located near the entrance to a parking garage.

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          1. re: Matt

            I will enthusiastically second the suggestion of Thai Tara. Absolutely wonderful. Arguably the best Thai in town - certainly in the running.

            Last time I was there, had some kind of corn-sweet-potato pancakes to start, and the spicy crispy catfish salad.

            Cannot possibly recommend it highly enough.

            And price was definitely right.

            A true find.