Best Value

Trying to pin down words like frugal, value, and deal can be exasperating because different people have different ideas of cost savings. For 10Best, the range is broad - we include impossibly cheap eateries with amazing menus, and we share really nice restaurants that have perks like an impressive wine list with no corkage fee or a terrifically affordable prix fixe menu. If you're looking for Best Value restaurants in Austin, let us introduce you to a few of our favorites, starting with Magnolia Café and Chuy's. They're low in expenditures and high in appeal.

Fonda San Miguel

Great things sometimes come in unassuming packages – such is Fonda San Miguel. Located in an ordinary neighborhood in south-central Austin, it offers an interior and food that are nothing short of extraordinary. The decor transports you to an...  Read More

Barton Springs District

Chuy's is a real local favorite, and its colorful, whimsical decor features an Elvis shrine, lava lamps, and approximately 1,000 wooden fish dangling precariously from the ceiling. New Mexico chilis are grilled up front and served in many of the...  Read More

This homey, diner-style café serves breakfast 24 hours a day. The house specialty is gingerbread pancakes, but you can also enjoy a host of other breakfast favorites, including both basic and more elaborate omelets. (The latter include the...  Read More


Threadgill's is one of Austin's most famous restaurants for several reasons: the then-gas station was awarded the city's first post-Prohibition liquor license in the 1930s, and Janis Joplin got her start singing here in the 1960s. Threadgill's...  Read More

Kim Phung

Noodles, noodles, noodles – if you like noodles, then Kim Phung is the place for you. This eatery does not have fancy decor or a designer address, but their signature pho noodle soup is the best lunch in Austin. This beef noodle soup is...  Read More

Thai Kitchen

A long-time favorite for affordable, satisfying Thai food, this casual spot is tops for a quick lunch or a relaxed meal. The vast menu includes more than 20 specially-labeled, super-spicy dishes like Spontaneous Combustion, which marries seafood...  Read More

Maria's Taco Xpress

Everybody falls in love with this funky little eatery, which is awash in handpainted murals and local color. Sure, it's small, but the incredibly tasty food, wallet-friendly prices, and appealing patio bring folks back again and again. The menu...  Read More

South Congress Avenue
Enoteca Vespaio

Younger sibling of ever-popular Vespaio, this engaging cafe and wine bar offers more casual and affordable dining. Golden-hued and bursting with good food, the place draws folks throughout the day with its pastries and coffee and with savory...  Read More