Food & Drink

5 crave-worthy Austin breakfasts for less than $5

Published On 04/10/2014 Published On 04/10/2014

Austin Although ordering top-shelf bourbon makes you feel like a million bucks -- it also COSTS a million bucks. You don’t get paid until next week and your velcro TMNT wallet is feeling the hurt. This weekend is quickly approaching, so we rounded up some b-fasts that will ensure you fill your belly and still have enough cash left over to be able to at least enjoy some mid-range bourbon.

Tyson's Tacos (info and address)
Hyde Park
Tyson’s has 99 cent migas tacos (before 11am) that are actually good AND a most welcoming BYOB policy. THAT'S how you get the day started.  Continue Reading

Donut Taco Palace III (info and address)
This is the place (or pa-lace) to be if you want both sweet and savory breakfast options — or if you’re just into kitschily-named establishments. Go ahead, try the donuts, or the tacos, or the "taco donuts" -- with these prices, you’re just a few bucks away from eating like a king.

The Omelettry

The Omelettry (info and address)
Austin’s original diner, The Omelettry (which spawned Kerbey Lane and Magnolia Cafe) is famous for its classic breakfast. For only $4.75, you can have their French toast -- six beautiful triangles of pure goodness covered in powdered sugar and syrup.

Juan in a Million (info and address)
East Cesar Chavez
This East Cesar Chavez Tex-Mex joint is famous for their Don Juan, which is a tortilla piled with almost a pound of potatoes, scrambled eggs, bacon, and cheese. This taco's size is legendary -- even the host of Man v. Food was only able to eat four of them. Here’s the kicker, it’s only $4.50 and will feed you for an entire day, so don’t forget to grab a doggie bag, errr… foil.

Tamale House East

Tamale House East (info and address)
East Side
Tucked next door to Yellow Jacket Social Club, this spinoff from the original and much-loved Tamale House (airport location) also has great prices. Order a $1.25 breakfast taco or the amazing migas (corn tortillas, eggs, beans, potatoes, ranchero sauce) for only $4.95. The best part is that this location has a dining room -- you won’t even have to eat those tacos sitting on a curb (or creeper-style in your car)!

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1. Tyson's Tacos 4905 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

A tortilla-stuffer with some serious bite, Tyson's Tacos has $.99 migas, tacos like pork belly (w/ fried parsley & salsa taquera), baby back ribs (w/ pineapple salsa), and fried drum (w/ slaw, avocado, escabeche & Sriracha), as well as burgers featuring half-pound, house-ground rib eye.

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2. Donut Taco Palace III 6214 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751 (Brentwood)

Definitely the place to treat yourself like breakfast royalty, head to Donut Taco Palace III, try the donuts, or the tacos, or the "taco donuts" -- with these prices, you’re just a few bucks away from eating like a king.

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3. The Omelettry 4811 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756 (Rosedale)

One of Austin's original go-to breakfast spots, The Omelettry has a quality, cheap breakfast just waiting for you. Treat yourself to french toast for less than $5.

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4. Juan In A Million 2300 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

Juan serves up not only a hilarious name but tasty Tex-Mex classics, too, including their signature Don Juan taco -- a massive 1lb monster of bacon, potato, egg, and cheese.

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5. Tamale House East 1707 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702 (Central East)

If you have less than 10 dollars in your pocket but still want to pig out on tacos, Tamale House East is the place to go. The original location shuttered when owner Moses Vasquez died in 2014, but his granddaughters brought it back to life at this counter-serve location on East Sixth Street. The massive dog-friendly patio provides ample room to enjoy a few breakfast tacos and an agua fresca.