Low-Cost Lunch at Skewers

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Photos by Troy Fields
Fill 'er up!
Skewers -- the subject of this week's cafe review -- is quickly becoming one of my new favorite lunch spots. The newly renovated Lebanese restaurant offers everything I look for in a lunch hour hideaway: quick service, convenient location, good food and the ability to get in and out for less than $10.

Work downtown? It's only a ten-minute trip down Highway 59. Work near The Galleria? A five-minute drive. Work in Greenway Plaza? A two-minute drive. Yeah, you'll have to battle the too-small parking spaces, but just make the girl in the office with a compact car drive. There's always one.

Counter service will get your food to you quickly, and you don't have to bother with a tray. Just place your order and grab a number, and they'll bring it to your table along with a basket of pita chips and the house special, a black olive puree that's like a tapenade sans the garlic. You'll have to refill your own drinks and grab your own silverware, but I'm more than happy to do so -- it means I can eat and drink at my own pace.

And the food. The food is fab.

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Yes, you can get wine and beer here, too. Better save that for dinner, though.
A quarter baked chicken is my standby here, both white and dark meat wondrously moist and tender, and you can get it with healthy sides: green beans that never saw the inside of a can, okras stewed with tomatoes and onions, hummus with a healthy sprinkling of paprika on top.

If you show some restraint and don't add a piece of baklava (it's hard not to when it's only $1 more and it tastes so good), you'll slip out of Skewers for just at $10 for lunch. And $10 buys you not only a lot of food, but a lot of atmosphere.

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You can sit in a quiet booth and zen out during your lunch hour or watch one of the many flat-screen TVs; one of them is usually playing Al-Jazeera for a different world perspective. Or you can sit in the coffee bar area and grab a cappuccino after your meal to fight off the mid-afternoon, post-lunch sleepies. Or, my favorite, grab a spot on the patio and watch the world go by.

Not a bad way to spend a lunch hour. But if you come at night, make sure to stay for the hookahs.

See more photos from Skewers in our slideshow.



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1950 Still?
1950 Still?

Wow. Girls drive compact cars? From my experience, it was always the ambiguous married fellow or the international folks.

AnsonW
AnsonW

I went there for lunch....and then decided to try Kobecue next door.My loss I guess, but Kobecue was delicious too; new Korean concept.

Jeff
Jeff

I've been driving past this place for months (it's literally just a few blocks from my place) and wondered. Glad now I know it will make a good lunch haunt.

Greg Burland
Greg Burland

I hate to dump on this place, because I've had good experiences there and I generally like the people who run it, but I tried them recently (first time since the fire) and it was a big disappointment. I ordered the lunch special to go with a falafel sandwich and a side of the olive paste and pita chips for $7.99. I was charged extra for garlic mayo and hot sauce, which is akin to charging extra for ketchup on an order of fries. The olive paste, which is reportedly a puree made with olive oil, vinegar and "special" spices, was a skimpy portion and had little flavor beyond the olives (not necessarily a bad thing, but not quite as advertised either). The falafel, usually a filling and flavorful sandwich, was bland and barely perked up by the pickled turnips. Not enough to put me off the place for good, but I'll be that much more willing to make the journey down Westhiemer to the far superior House Of Kabob next time I get a shawarma or falafel craving.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Looking forward to trying Kobecue, too. What did you have there?

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

This has got to be troll-baiting, right? Persians/Iranians aren't Arab, nor is their food what I would put into the wide category of Middle Eastern/Mediterranean cuisine.

TiepoloG
TiepoloG

Agree! Despite it's generic name, House of Kabob rocks, and for very little $. Lot of mideastern and s. asian bros there eating. For good reason, too.

Skewer's I'm kinda ambiv about. Maybe if they included movie parking with a meal

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Damn, I'm really sorry to hear that. I'd have been put off, too.

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