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3 top options for inexpensive Southern food in Austin

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken. | Photo: L3g3ndary L./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on April 28, 2020.

In search of a new favorite Southern spot?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Southern restaurants around Austin, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to satisfy your cravings.

1. Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

Photo: alex t./Yelp

Topping the list is an outpost of the chain Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken. Located at 117 San Jacinto Blvd. downtown Austin, the fried chicken and comfort food spot is the most popular cheap Southern restaurant in Austin, boasting 4.5 stars out of 2,359 reviews on Yelp.

"Walk into a Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken, and you'll find ... plates full of some of the very best fried chicken you've ever tasted," the business states in the history section of its Yelp profile. "Our chicken, prepared using a recipe developed over 60 years ago ... offers the confounding combination of perfectly crispy skin and wonderfully juicy and tender meat."

Check out the Southern spot's full menu here.

2. Gravy

PHOTO: michelle p./YELP

Next up is RMMA's Gravy, situated at 4209 Airport Blvd. With 4.5 stars out of 159 reviews on Yelp, the Southern food truck, which serves breakfast, brunch and lunch, has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for an inexpensive option.

Look for classic Southern comfort foods, like biscuits and gravy, stuffed French toast, omelettes and sandwiches, on the menu. 

3. The Cavalier

Photo: the cavalier/Yelp

Central East Austin's The Cavalier, located at 2400 Webberville Road, Suite A, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the budget-friendly Southern spot four stars out of 49 reviews.

"Our from-scratch Southern home-cookin' warms hearts and bellies alike," states the business's Yelp profile.

The menu features fully dressed po'boys, burgers, chicken liver mousse, shrimp and grits, chicken livers and more.


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