In Austin, cheap Tex-Mex can be found within a taco-throw of any apartment, but only a lucky few can claim to live so close to a Taqueria Arandas. With more than five Austin locations, the Texas chain has clearly made it its lifework to bring inexpensive gorditas, tacos, quesadillas, taquitos, tortas, and tostadas to the poor and needy. And for that, we thank them and let them keep the change from our $5 bill.
Dan’s your man if you’re looking for cheap brunching options in the ATX. Omelets are out of your price range, but anything on the menu involving a biscuit is just your speed, as is the pancake short stack. Stay for lunch and enjoy one of the restaurant's famed burgers for under $5, so long as you don’t get too fancy with it.