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Dining for less than $40 a day at SXSW: Day 5

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

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Folks attending South by Southwest often approach eating with a guerilla mentality, stuffing their pockets with complimentary snack bars and bottled water, scavenging parties for free food, and sometimes forgetting to eat altogether.

Slow down, people.

You can find time to eat a good meal and still see all the movies, panels and bands you’ve had marked on your mental calendars for weeks. You can even sit down and eat. A meal with friends (or by yourself) offers a chance to recharge your batteries (and your phone) and get a taste of what Austin has to offer.

Below I give a blueprint for eating on less than $40 a day in the parts of town populated with SXSW events. I included tax and 20 percent tip.

As for drinks, that’s on you. Fill up on coffee wherever you’re staying. Carry a water bottle. And scour the parties for free alcohol.

And, for you non-SXSW folks, this piece can serve as a reminder of places you need to try or revisit without breaking the bank.

DAY 5 ($35.19)

Breakfast: Broken yolk sandwich and coffee at Jo’s Coffee ($14.27)

Thick buttered pieces of griddled sourdough embrace an over-easy egg, auburn strips of maple-glazed bacon and ruddy tomato slices to make a large breakfast sandwich almost big enough to split with a friend. Enjoy it with your coffee on the patio and take in the mix of bleary-eyed revelers and office workers on the streets of the Second Street District.

242 W. 2nd St.

Lunch: Verduras Tacos at Takoba ($11)

Chunks of crunchy zucchini, crisp yet tender sweet potatoes and piquant green chilies overflow from lightly charred flour tortillas in these tacos topped with salty queso fresco and citrusy guacamole. If you went during happy hour (3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday) you could even sneak a margarita in under budget, but I’ll leave that up to you.

1411 E. 7th St.

Dinner: Falafel kebab at Kebabalicious ($9.92)

One of Austin’s trailer-to-restaurant success stories, this new location in East Austin offers ample outdoor seating and the same solid beef/lamb kebabs that put them on the map. But try the slightly healthier falafel option. The crackling fried garbanzo bean balls come loaded with lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, smooth hummus, creamy tzatziki and spicy red sauce.

1311 E. 7th St.