Thai Noodle House
2602 Guadalupe, 512/494-1011
Five bucks gets you a big bowl of noodles with dozens of toppings, some of which are incendiary. Dine on the outdoor patio or call for deliveries. Live Thai music on Wednesday nights.
Fans and regulars of Madam Mam's are nearly always borderline obsessed with the restaurant, but who can blame them? The food is divine and very affordable. All the authentic Thai homestyle dishes served in this very popular campus-area spot are "Mam"'s family recipes. Try the restorative Tom Kha, coconut soup with chicken, the definitive Thai Beef Salad, and the fiery, sinus-clearing Pad Cha Catfish, and you'll be hooked.
2514 Guadalupe, 512/472-8306
Appropriately, Pad Thai has pad thai on the menu, as well as traditional curries. A bright interior, large portions, and friendly service add up to make this a regular stop.
3208 Guadalupe, 512/371-8777
The Drag location of this respected local Thai restaurant chain is popular with student diners, and the authentic food is fresh, spicy, and affordable.
3009 Guadalupe, 512/474-2575