With most linux distros you can hit control + alt + F1 or the like, and get a Console. This is really useful when your X11 / display manager freezes, because you can restart that process / service in a couple of seconds and be back in.
Is there a way to do the same thing with mac (10.8.2)? It's pretty annoying to see your display freeze and know that your kernel is likely chugging along just fine..
I looked around for answers, but all I could find is the login window hack.