Cheap Eats in Houston
Having a great meal in Houston doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, some of the most popular culinary delights are actually light on the wallet. Just in time for Houston Restaurant Weeks, here a few options where you can delight your taste buds and support a good cause at the same time.
Italian cuisine lovers are going to adore Coltivare. For HRW, you’ll have your choice of grilled figs, pickled butternaut squash or chicken wings from the first course or spaghetti, gourmet pizza or a wood-grilled chicken dish for the second course. Finish it off with chocolate panna cotta, blackberry crostata or peach sorbet for dessert. The restaurant will donate $5 to the Houston Food Bank from each dinner sold. The Food Bank will provide 15 meals from this donation.
Let’s do brunch! The Roastery is one of the few places participating in HRW that has a brunch offering, and we’re so glad! The two-course offering boats items such as peach and prosciutto toast, grapefruit brulee, shrimp and grits, bread pudding French toast and so much more. The restaurant will donate $3 to the Houston Food Bank from each brunch. The Food Bank will provide 9 meals from this donation.
Where in Houston can you get a good falafel sandwich? Try Alice Blue during HRW. The eatery also has slow roasted pork belly, a steak sandwich, a salad trio and heirloom tomatoes among other dishes offered for lunch. The restaurant will donate $3 for each dinner sold. The Food Bank will provide 9 meals from this donation.
Get a little fancy for lunch at Emmaline, where you can enjoy a three-course lunch as part of HRW. Oysters, miso eggplant, lamb, steak and dessert are just some of the options at this River Oaks restaurant known for its genteel ambiance. The restaurant will donate $3 for each dinner sold. The Food Bank will provide 9 meals from this donation.
Max’s Wine Dive is know far and wide around Houston for its famous southern friend chicken, but that’s not the only mouth-watering item on the menu. The Max ‘N Cheese is another favorite, as are their crispy deviled eggs and signature blend chili cheeseburger. All of these items and a few others are offered as part of their HRW three-course meal. The restaurant will donate $5 to the Houston Food Bank from each dinner sold. The Food Bank will provide 15 meals from this donation.
If participating in Houston Restaurant Weeks is not in the plan for you this year, here are a few other inexpensive food options in and around the city where your buck will go a long way.
Gyro lovers unite! Niko Niko’s is a favorite spot for classic Greek dishes, whether you’re in the mood for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This Montrose destination has been around for over three decades and continues to serve up delicious and affordable fare in a festive atmosphere.
When you want a hearty, mouth-watering, good old-fashioned burger, Sparkle’s Hamburger Spot hits the spot. Located just east of Downtown Houston, the walk-up stand offers bigger-than-average sized burgers that definitely get you your money’s worth. Other menu items include fries, onion rings, chicken and waffles and their legendary malts and milkshakes. Locals know to call ahead to place an order to avoid the wait.
Sushi, ramen noodles, tempura… they’re all on the menu at Blackbird Izakaya. This Heights area Japanese spot has quickly become a Houston favorite thanks to its small plate offerings of dumplings, kushiyaki (skewered meat), or any of its signature cocktails.
Fresh seafood cooked to order is the name of the game at Mambo Seafood. You can choose from a selection of fish, shrimp, lobster and even octopus (if you’re adventurous), and have it fried or grilled to perfection. Add a side of their famous friend rice or a salad and a drink, and you’ve got a great meal at a great deal.
You don’t have to consider yourself a vegetarian or vegan to enjoy the variety of options at Govinda’s Vegetarian Cuisine. The buffet-style diner is located in the Heights area and serves up plenty of options for the health-conscious or those who like a little extra kick of exotic flavor in your food. A variety of salads, masala and rice dishes complement freshly bread baked daily. Not sure what to order? Try the barbeque tofu. This is Texas, after all!