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Budget Friendly Austin

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By AAA Travel Editor Laurie Sterbens
May 29, 2018
If you're a food truck fan, you probably already know that just because your dinner’s being served through the window of a trailer doesn't mean it's going to be cheap. If your appetite’s big but your bank account isn't, here are some food trucks in downtown Austin where you'll find a variety of offerings that are both delicious and affordable, with many items under $10.
Egg Rolls in pan
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Angry Egg Roll
667 Red River St.
(917) 685-9370
Big, “angry” egg rolls are on the menu at this tiny trailer with a big, red, angry face painted on the front. Options include "The Drunken Master," an extra-large classic Cantonese “probably pork” egg roll. For a vegetarian option, there's “The Grasshopper,” also large and angry but made with caramelized garlic roasted cashews instead of pork.
Girl eating a burrito
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Arlo's Curbside Kitchen
900 Red River St.1700 E. 6th St.
(512) 840-1600(512) 840-1840
Arlo's has three locations near nightlife spots around Austin, two of them downtown, serving plant-based alternatives to the usual late-night food truck fare. Featuring local, organic, non-GMO products, Arlo's offers a selection of vegan burgers and tacos with sides including regular and sweet potato fries, tots, and chips and salsa.
Pulled pork barbecue
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Bar-B-Q Heaven
519 E. 7th St.
(512) 945-8970
While you could go crazy here with the Coma Plate—six meats with beans, potato salad, onions and pickles—this popular barbecue truck offers several smaller plates with one to four meats, or you can choose from a menu of sandwiches and burgers that are all under $7. Barbecue options include brisket, chicken, chopped beef, pulled pork, ribs and sausage.
Korean Chicken and Vegetables Plate
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Chi'Lantro
823 Congress Ave.1111 E. 6th St.
(512) 593-6290
Chi'Lantro serves up Korean-Mexican fusion for breakfast and lunch throughout the Austin area, including two locations downtown. Get there early to choose from a variety of breakfast tacos while they last, including the Congress, featuring spicy pork, egg and cheese on a flour tortilla. For lunch, pick from a variety of Korean barbecue offerings such as beef ribeye, spicy pork, soy-glazed chicken or tofu, served with your choice of toppings in a salad, tacos, burrito, rice bowl or noodle bowl.
Philly cheesesteak sandwich
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Grub House
519 E. 7th St.
(512) 900-9464
Grub House opens at 9 p.m. and stays open until 4 a.m., catering to late-night revelers who line up for tacos, fajitas, Philly cheese steaks, wings and the famously spicy “Firecracker Fries.”
Chicken kebabs and vegetables
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Kebabalicious
3rd Street and Congress Avenue
(512) 468-1065
Kebabalicious serves up Middle Eastern flavors in pita sandwiches such as a beef and lamb mix or roasted chicken with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, tzatziki sauce and spicy red sauce. Try the K-Fries—crispy french fries with crushed red pepper, zatar spices, feta cheese and spicy red sauce.
Vegan salad in bowl
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Shawarma Point
519 E. 7th St.
(512) 960-9798
You'll find Indian and Middle Eastern flavors at Shawarma, which dishes up salads, wraps and plates featuring a combination of beef and lamb or chicken marinated in a house spice mix. There is also falafel for vegans, made with chickpeas, fava beans, onions, garlic, parsley and cilantro and available on a salad, wrap or plate.
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