Practically all UT students look forward to the meals they get to eat on South Congress, Rainey Street, or downtown…aka not near campus. But as it turns out, the university area does boast some pretty stellar food options. Here are 5 of the best under-the-radar finds:
1. Cinnamon Chocolate Challah from Challah for Hunger
Challah for Hunger, a student-led non-profit, sells this braided bread weekly to raise money for various food banks. It’s arguably the best $5 you will ever spend on carbs. Find them in West Mall on Wednesday’s from 12-2pm.
2. French Fries from Halal Bros
Top off your usual chicken combo over rice with these loaded french fries. They come drenched in salt, pepper, ketchup, white sauce and hot sauce, making for the ultimate Middle-Eastern comfort meal.
3. Hamburger with Bacon from Fat Sal’s Deli
Fat Sal’s may be known for their fat sandwiches, but their hamburger definitely isn’t one to be ignored. Pro tip: Hamburgers with one topping (like bacon) are $2.99 most nights after 11p.m. through Hooked.
4. Beef Noodle Stew from Julie’s Handmade Noodles
Surprisingly, the most authentic Chinese food in Austin comes from a food truck in West Campus. Be sure to top off these thick, chewy noodles in a rich broth with Julie’s spicy chili.
5. Apple Pork Sandwich from Foodheads
For those willing to trek up to north campus, you won’t be disappointed by Foodheads’ apple pork sandwich. Its grilled pork tenderloin, smoked Gouda cheese, apple & tomato pico and honey dijon aioli will have you feeling like a foodie in no time.