Inexpensive Restaurants Within A Half Mile of UT Austin

We have all been there. You run out of food in your dorm or apartment, and have to decide where you are going to go to feed yourself. You check your bank account, internally cry at its emptiness, and try to pick the cheapest restaurant possible where you will be able to get the most food. Over the past few years, I have compiled a list of inexpensive restaurants close to campus (ranked by my subjective opinions of tastiness level), so that the next time you have to leave your house to get food, your bank account will suffer a little less.


1. Don

Address: 2716 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX 78705

Hours: 11:30-2:30 and 5-8:30 every day

Price for namesake dish: $7


2. Trudy’s Texas Star

Address: 409 W. 30th St., Austin, TX 78705

Hours: 11am-2am (Monday-Friday), 9am-2am (Saturday-Sunday)

Roughly average price: $11 (a bit pricier, but tasty and good for an occasional meal)


3. Cream Whiskers/UTea Pho

Address: 2222 Rio Grande St. B120, Austin, TX 78705

Hours: 10am-11pm every day

Roughly average price: $9 


4. Halal Bros

Address: 2712 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX 78705

Hours: 11am-11pm (Monday-Thursday), 11am-2am (Friday-Saturday), 12pm-11pm (Sunday)

Roughly average price: $8.50


5. Texas Chili Parlor 

Address: 1409 Lavaca St., Austin, TX 78701

Hours: 11am-2am every day

Roughly average price: $7