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While Austin is known primarily for the live music scene, many visitors quickly discover the food here really deserves equal billing.

While it’s easy to drop in excess of $50 a plate at numerous restaurants around town, it’s the hole-in-the-wall joints, food trucks, and dives that offer Austin’s flavorful side to the common folk who can’t really afford that. Not only are these spots tasty and easily accessible — they’ve got plenty of options under $10!

The next time you want an amazing-yet-inexpensive meal in south Austin, give one of these dishes a try.

10.) Waterloo Migas at Waterloo Ice House

Photo: Courtesy, Waterloo Ice House on Facebook.

Photo: Courtesy, Waterloo Ice House on Facebook.

If you haven’t had migas, you haven’t had a Mexican breakfast. Waterloo Ice House serves up a heaping portion with refried beans, tortillas and choice of breakfast meat. This plate will fill you to the brim yet leave you wanting more. It’s a good thing Waterloo serves migas all day!

9.) Chicken Fricasee at Habana Restaurant (Lunch Menu)

Photo: Flickr user Personal Creations, creative commons licensed.

Photo: Flickr user Personal Creations, creative commons licensed.

Take your tastebuds to the Caribbean at Habana Restaurant. This restaurant is a little more upscale than the rest of the list, so we have to use the weekday lunch menu to come in under the $10 mark. The fricase de pollo (chicken fricasee) is chicken stew cooked with Cuban spices and homemade tomato sauce. We won’t tell your boss if you have a mojito with it.

8.) Hamburger Steak Dinner at Dan’s Hamburgers

Photo: Courtesy, John King Construction.

Photo: Courtesy, John King Construction.

Dan’s Hamburgers serves up some of the best burgers and fries in South Austin. To be open for more than 40 years, these folks have to be doing something right. If you don’t feel like a burger, try the hamburger steak dinner to mix things up. It comes with mashed potatoes or french fries plus a salad and rolls.

7.) Cowboy Taco at Tacodeli

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Photo: Flickr user alamosbasement, creative commons licensed.

Tacodeli has several locations around Austin and is about to expand to Dallas. So at least they won’t be moving here for Tacodeli. They’ll still be ours even though they have an outpost in the Metroplex. If you’ve never been, try their cowboy taco with rubbed beef tenderloin with grilled corn, caramelized onions and roasted peppers, topped with guacamole and queso fresco.

6.) Chicken Basket at Lucy’s Fried Chicken

Photo: Courtesy, Lucy’s Fried Chicken on Facebook.

Photo: Courtesy, Lucy’s Fried Chicken on Facebook.

When you walk into a place called Lucy’s Fried Chicken, you probably ought to have the fried chicken. Well, their chicken basket has four pieces chicken in a mix of light and dark meat. Don’t worry, you’ll eat the whole thing.  
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