This Texas city doesn’t only run the gamut when it comes to its cuisine, but you can also find great food without shelling out a ton of cash. Here are just a handful of the places where you can really stretch your dollar and enjoy some delicious dishes.
If you’re a fan of Vietnamese cuisine, look no further than this local favorite, which is known for its $3.50 banh mi sandwiches. Warm up with some soup on chillier days, or try a hearty rice or noodle entree.
The Burger Joint
Voted “Houston’s Favorite Burger,” The Burger Joint’s patties are all made with fresh, free-range Angus beef–all except the veggie burger, that is. If you want to go all out, don’t miss the incredible fries (take your pick between traditional hand cut, sweet potato, queso, bacon parm, or chili queso) and top it all off with an indulgent milkshake.
This tavern and Vietnamese Grille serves daily “quick lunch,” “beer lunch,” and “business lunch” specials that cater to patrons on-the-go, plus a full dinner menu and happy hour specials. Where else can you decide between a cheeseburger and a vermicelli bowl with tofu?
Since 1941, Molina’s has been a Houston Tex-Mex standby, offering up tacos, tamales, enchiladas, and more. On the lighter side, you’ll find daily lunch specials, plus a decent variety of soups and salads. Wash it all down with a margarita, mojito, or cerveza.
Coltivare Pizza and Garden
Coltivare is a self-proclaimed “Heights Neighborhood Italian/American Joint” that specializes in pizza, pasta, salads, and small plates. These aren’t your average pies, however. Order gourmet creations topped with meyer lemons, chevre, black olives, and rosemary, or wild gulf shrimp, chorizo, crescenza, oregano, and brown butter. Is your mouth watering yet?
Tacos a Go Go
Molina’s isn’t the only Mexican joint in town; Tacos a Go Go will also satisfy those cravings for street-style south-of-the-border fare at four Houston locations. In addition to your typical fillings of pork, beef, and chicken, you can start your day right with one of their breakfast tacos or breakfast plates.
Touting unique toppings like Fritos, olive tapenade, peanut butter, and even hot dogs, Hubcap Grill is your spot for a memorable and entirely filling burger. Not in the mood for beef? They’ve got you covered with a handful of specialty grilled chicken sandwiches that will taste just as good.