Maybe you splurged a little too much at the beginning of quarantine (shoutout to Amazon), or maybe you just dropped $50 on a packet of yeast in an abandoned parking lot. Whatever your reasons may be, you don’t have to resort to oatmeal and banana bread to get you through the week. Whether you need a quick break from cooking or just don’t feel like spending a ton on lunch and dinner today, here are 16 delivery and takeout options where you can get a great meal for $10 or less.
If Austin ever started a walk-of-fame, The Don Juan taco from Juan In A Million would undoubtedly be on it, right alongside Willie Nelson and Leslie Cochran. Is it our favorite breakfast taco in town? Probably not, but it’s basically a rite of passage, and we don’t know anywhere else that you can get a literal pound-and-a-half mountain of food for just over $6.
You might get some confused looks if you tell people you’re ordering from Delray Cafe, but just say “the food truck behind Nickel City” and you should see some eyes light up. They’re background characters that deserve a more prominent role, with a focused and straightforward menu with things like burgers, wings, and tater tots. Currently, this place has a more pared-down menu alongside Nickel City’s “Daiq Shack” popup, but even if you’re getting a daiquiri to-go, the burger is the real star of the show. You can grab one with tater tots or crinkle-cut fries for about $7.
If you’re the type of person who stresses about menu choices, you’ll be glad to know that Discada has taken that pressure away from all of us. They specialize in one thing: small, beef-and-pork discada-style tacos with cilantro, onion, and pineapple - so the only choice you’ll need to make is how many to get. An order of five comes in at $9 and should be enough for just about anyone.
Don Japanese Kitchen
This food truck is a favorite among students and whoever else lives in West Campus, mostly because of their namesake “Don” bowl - a generous portion of fried pork, chicken, or fish over rice for just $5. They stay open until they sell out, which tends to happen around 4-5pm every day. There are a few other options on the menu as well, like karaage and teriyaki bowls, and nothing is more than $9. For now, orders need to be placed in person for pick up.
Cafe Nena’i is a small, mother-and-daughter owned Latin American bakery near Riverside and Montopolis where nothing on the menu is over $5. We’re fans of the pastries like the alfajor (a cookie sandwich with dulce de leche and coconut flakes) and the pastrafrola (guava tart). Their Cuban-inspired coffee menu also has things like cafecitos and cortaditos. And if you’re picking up lunch, make sure to grab a couple of empanadas, though we can’t guarantee they’ll survive the car ride home.
With $3 pints and affordable burgers, this little neighborhood pub is just as popular with grad students as it is with Hyde Park lifers, and it’s been a favorite of ours for, well, forever. The pint specials might be on hold for the time being (get a growler instead), but you can still grab a burger with fries for just $6.50.
As one of Austin’s longest-standing and most popular meatless restaurants, Bouldin Creek built their reputation on quality food and affordable prices. But of all the values on the menu, the breakfast taco might be the toughest to beat, at $4 for a taco so stuffed that you’ll need a fork to even get started. We love their house-made vegetable chorizo tacos with free-range eggs and cheese, and the vegan version is just as great. If you order two breakfast tacos, you’re definitely taking some home - this is not a challenge, or is it?
This Austin classic has been around for almost 50 years, and not much has changed about their charcoal-grilled burgers. Most of them go for around $5, or you can get a chicken-fried steak dinner with a side, salad, and toast for just under $10. And since they operate an old-school style carhop, you don’t even have to get out of your car to get your food, which sounds just about perfect for right now.
Baguette House & Cafe
Baguette House has been serving quality banh mi in Austin’s Chinatown for years. They have a variety of traditional options, from the cold-cut classic - served with house-made mayonnaise and pickled vegetables, pate, cilantro, and jalapeño - to the super-savory grilled pork. We can’t really pick a favorite, but at less than $5 each, you can grab a few and save one for later.
Taqueria Morales, serves up some of our favorite tacos in South Austin, with generously-filled breakfast tacos for under $2 and street tacos that you’ll want to eat by the dozen. They also sell quesadillas, burritos, and tortas, and nothing on the menu will run more than $6.
Oddwood Ales might be best known for its very good beers (try one of their pilsners or saisons), but they also make one of our favorite bar-style pizzas in town. These thin-crusted, cheesy 10” pies start at just $7, and taste so great at home that we’ve started calling them couch-style pizzas.
Chen's Noodle House
Chen’s Noodle House is a small counter-service spot near Spicewood Springs and Highway 183 that has some of the best noodles in town. All of the noodles are knife-cut and served in soup or stir-fry, so you just pick the meat. Just about everything on the menu is under $10, and the portions are generous. If you do find yourself hungry though, or just want to try some more of the menu, we love the lamb skewers and green onion pancakes.
Taco-Mex is one of our favorite walk-up taco windows, with a variety of tacos, tortas, and lunch plates that are all very affordable. The build-your-own breakfast tacos are great, but if you’re there in the afternoon, make sure to grab one of their al pastor or fish tacos. All of the tacos at this Manor spot are under $3, and none of the plates are more than $9.
Dia’s is a small grocery store and deli in the Crestview neighborhood. The market portion of the store carries a variety of local and international products, produce, ice cream, and beer and wine, while the deli offers up breakfast and lunch sandwiches on your choice of bread for under $10. Three days a week, you can even get a whole rotisserie chicken for just a few cents more, if you’re feeling particularly hungry. It often sells out.
While Chi’Lantro is probably known best for their popular kimchi fries (you can also turn that into a kimchi fry burrito), they also have “Korean BBQ Inspired” wings, rice bowls, noodle bowls, tacos, and burgers. Nothing on the menu will run you over $10, and they have a total of seven locations across town for takeout and delivery, though their two downtown locations are currently closed.
Nearly all of the baos are Bao’d Up are under $3, which means you can pack your pockets full of as many meat-filled pillow-pockets as you can manage, though we recommend just grabbing a takeout container and keeping your pockets food-free. They also have a number of more substantial offerings, like spicy Dan Dan noodles or the pork belly plate that comes with two pieces of tender meat, two pan-seared buns, a side of pickles, and a side of Sichuan fries, for under $9. They have four locations across Austin, as well as an app for ordering takeout or delivery, so you’re never too far away from a bao or three.