Broke? Too lazy to cook? Have no fear; new deal site 5 Dollar Lunch has got you covered.
The idea is simple but elegant. Seemingly inspired by the genius penny-pinching business structure behind coupon sites Groupon and LivingSocial, 5 Dollar Lunch posts information daily about a $5 lunch special offered by various local Austin restaurants.
The site offers a cute graphic, but here’s a quick written run-down: everyday a new deal is posted online at 7 a.m. Lunches generally include both food and drink, so you’re getting pretty good bang for your buck. Like the coupon sites, the special is only offered during certain hours. The default time specified is between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., but that may be different depending on the day and the restaurant. Rest assured, though, because the times always seem to fall safely within the usual lunch break. They’ll also list the different times under “special instructions” at the end of the deal post.
Next, simply show up at the restaurant during the listed “deal window” and mention the special to get your food. No printout coupon needed. It’s a pretty straightforward process, and the best part is that the businesses featured are almost always in South Austin–in other words, this is a great alternative to the limited on-campus lunch choices for UT students!
From what I’ve seen, the service seems to be pretty new, so a lot of the restaurants featured are either food trailers (Along Came a Slider was a past deal) or fairly obscure family-owned restaurants within the city. However, this is a great way to eat local and support Austin’s economy–it certainly can’t hurt your wallet too badly either!