Off-Campus Dining

Location
Austin, TX
Undergrads
37,083
Tuition (in-state)
$33,128 ($9,790)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I'm not big in to eating fast food.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most close by restaurants on Guadalupe Street(The Drag) are awesome. They are a little pricey but they stay open til 3am and are convenient for late night snacks. The Austin food trucks are amazing!

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a whole street called "the drag" right off the side of campus. It's not a whole lot, but it is a break from the monotony of the dining hall. Food trucks are also a great place to visit if you want to try something different once in a while.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The places are okay like the on-campus dining, and there is a lot more variation, but the food near school is not of my preference in terms of taste and cost.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many different varieties right off campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 5th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 928th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tony Griffin
Hometown
Houston, TX
Major
Marketing
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Food in Austin is awesome! One of the best things about this town is the sheer number of restaurants, not to mention the quality of our restaurants. Austin is home to tons of great Mexican restaurants, and those are definitely student favorites. A favorite Austin pastime is Mexican food and a nice cold margarita . . . or just the margarita. Some of the best in town are found at Iron Cactus, Trudy's, Nuevo Leon, El Arroyo and Baby Acapulco (Baby A's). If you want to get really drunk, try the Purple at Baby A's or the Cactus Juice at Iron Cactus (it is made with everclear), or the Mexican martinis at Trudys (there is a limit of two).

Austin has every other type of food you can imagine from BBQ to Thai, Chinese to tapas, delis to vegetarian-only. There are so many places to try, and the students recommend Magnolia Café, Dirty's, Texadelphia, Hula Hut and Freebird's. The most popular things to do in Austin besides go to 6th Street, frat parties, or protest, is to go out to eat. So, get ready to gain your Freshman 15 here in Austin and find your new favorite restaurants.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Chuy's
  • Hula Hut
  • Magnolia Café
  • Texadelphia
  • Trudy's
24-Hour Dining
  • Burger King drive-thru
  • IHOP
  • Katz's Deli
  • Ken's Donuts
  • Kerbey Lane Café
  • Magnolia Café
  • Star Seeds
  • Taco Cabana
  • Whataburger
Best Asian
Suzi's China Grill
Best Breakfast
  • Magnolia Café
  • The Omelettry
Best Healthy
  • Central Market
  • West Lynn Café
  • Zen Japanese
Best Pizza
  • Gumby's
  • Pizza Hut
Best Wings
  • Plucker's
  • Wing Zone
Best Place to Take Your Parents
The Oasis
Other Places to Check Out
  • Hudson's on the Bend
  • Rosie's Taqueria
  • Texas Land & Game Cattle Co.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Central Market
38th and Lamar
HEB
41st and Red River, Hancock Shopping Center
Randall's
Between 34th and 38th, just west of Lamar

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

The Cheesecake Factory
Food: American
10000 Research Blvd.
(512) 241-0777
www.thecheesecakefactory.com
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: List of 36 different cheesecakes from which to choose. Try the orange chicken, pad Thai noodles, the club, or Chinese chicken salad.
Chuy's
Food: Mexican
1728 Barton Springs
(512) 474-4452
www.chuys.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: The decorations are very original with lots of Elvis. Best salsa in town! Try the banditos, enchiladas with deluxe sauce, and their great salsa!
Dirty Martin's
Food: Burgers
2808 Guadalupe
(512) 477-3173
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: An Austin landmark since 1926. Try the Sissy Burger, onion rings, or chocolate shake.
El Arroyo
Food: Mexican
1024 W. Fifth St.
(512) 474-1222
www.el-arroyo.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Pat Green sings about it
EZ's
Food: American
3918 N. Lamar Blvd.
(512) 302-1800
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Discount with your student ID. Try the margherita pizza or chocolate shake.
Freebird's Burrito
Food: Burritos/quesadillas
41st and Red River, Hancock Shopping Center
(512) 451-5514
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Try the quesadilla with guacamole-it comes on the inside, rather than on top, yummy!
Hula Hut
Food: Mexican/Polynesian
3825 Lake Austin Blvd.
(512) 476-4852
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: On the shore of Lake Austin, nice views, excellent salsa-same as Chuys! Try the Hulala (a drink in a fishbowl), Shiner Bock fajitas, or coconut shrimp.
Katz's Deli and Bar
Food: Deli, sandwiches, American, breakfast
618 W. Sixth St.
(512) 472-2037
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Pick-up service, happy hour in the morning from 7-11, and again from 4-7 p.m. Try the Reuben, matzo ball soup, bagel with lox, fried pickles, or cheesecake shake.
Kerbey Lane Café
Food: American, breakfast, Mexican
2606 Guadalupe
(512) 477-5717
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Try the Kerbey Queso, pancake of the day, or baked potato omelet.
Magnolia Café
Food: American/Mexican/Breakfast
2304 Lake Austin Blvd.
(512) 478-8645
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Very cheap. Try the Mag Mud queso, flamingo sandwich, potato landscape, or omelets.
Mustache Pete's
Food: Pizza
415 W. 24th St.
(412) 447-7383
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: All-you-can-eat buffet every day for $5.99, happy hour 4-7 p.m. daily with $1.00 selected drafts. Try the pepperoni rolls or dessert pizza.
The Oasis
Food: American/Mexican
6550 Comanche Trail
(512) 266-2441
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: High above Lake Travis. beautiful views of the sunset, outdoor patio seating. Try the Fajitas or cheeseburger.
The Omelettry
Food: American/breakfast
4811 Burnet Rd.
(512) 453-5062
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Small and funky, cash only. Try the Chocolate chip pancakes or guacamole omelet. Nestle Quik chocolate milk is also available.
Player's
Food: burgers
300 W. MLK Blvd.
(512) 478-9299
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Sports bar, open late. Try the Veggie burger or fried mushrooms.
Romano's Macaroni Grill
Food: Italian
701 Capital of Texas Hwy., Building K
(512) 329-0000
www.macaronigrill.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Large wine list
Salt Lick BBQ
Food: BBQ
18001 FM 1826 Driftwood, Texas
(512) 894-3117
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: BYOB, all-you-can-eat family-style dining available. Try the brisket or ribs.
Scholz Bier Garten (pronounced Schultz's)
Food: American
1607 San Jacinto Blvd.
(512) 474-1958
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Oldest restaurant and bier garten in Texas-1866, 30 draft beer taps, outside patio, very popular on game days. Try the chicken fried steak, BBQ brisket, or bratwurst.
Suzi's China Grill
Food: Chinese and sushi
7858 Shoal Creek Blvd.
(512) 302-4600
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Try the Shrimp lo mein, Alaska roll, or Philly roll.
Texadelphia
Food: Cheesesteak sandwiches, queso
2422 Guadalupe St.
(512) 480-0107
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Cheap beers, on the drag. Try the cheesesteak sandwich with mustard, veggie sandwich, and queso with guacamole added.
Texas French Bread
Food: Sandwiches, bakery
2900 Rio Grande
(512) 499-0544
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Loaves of bread and cakes to go. Try the Vegetarian sandwich, la nicoise sandwich, turkey sandwich, or pasta salad. Lunch Special: half a sandwich, soup of the day or salad (green, fruit, or pasta), drink and a cookie.
Trudy's Texas Star
Food: Mexican
409 W. 30th
(512) 477-2935
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Upstairs restaurant with bar, downstairs bar with appetizers. Also serves breakfast. Get the Mexican martini-these are the most famous in town, and they have a limit of two. Try the Mexican martini, Texas star nachos, or flaquities
West Lynn Café
Food: Vegetarian
1110 W. Lynn St.
(512) 482-0950
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Great wine list. Try the mushroom-walnut crepes.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 273 responses

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How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 305 responses

  • 2% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 3% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 27% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 69% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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