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. Here are a few options where you can delight your taste buds without getting a second job.


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Italian cuisine lovers are going to adore Coltivare. Try grilled figs, pickled butternut 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.


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Niko Niko’s

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.


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Sparkle’s Hamburger Spot

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.


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Mambo Seafood

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.


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Govinda’s Vegetarian Cuisine

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!