Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in EaDo (You Won't Be Sorry)

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Photo by Katharine Shilcutt
Though our No. 5 spot is notorious for its breakfast tacos, we think its lunch offerings (including lengua, chicharron and chicken fajita) are just as good.
We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town. So far, we've covered Montrose, River Oaks, Midtown and Upper Kirby.

Today we're sharing our thoughts on the little section of the city known as East Downtown (or EaDo for all of you non-haters).

Here's our list of the best cheap (under $10) lunch spots that this area has to offer:

Note: For the purposes of this post, EaDo is defined as the triangle bounded by Highway 59 to the northwest, Interstate 45 to the southwest and the lines of freight railroad that stretch from Commerce to Cullen.

Honorable Mention: Sparkle's Hamburger Spot, the old-time burger shack that serves huge and messy hand-formed burgers on the cheap. We recommend skipping the line and calling your order in for pick-up during the busy lunch hours.

5. Brothers Taco House

If you're on the hunt for authentic tacos in east downtown, Dowling Street's Brothers Taco House (open weekdays until 3 p.m. and weekends until 1 p.m.) is the way to go. Watch in awe as toothsome, fluffy tortillas are freshly prepared on a hot flattop right before your eyes. Then, check out the steam trays and decide what to fill said fluffy tortillas with. We love the thick, meaty lengua; the red sauce-coated chicharrón that bursts in your mouth with each bite; and the tender, fall-apart barbacoa (available only on weekend). The formerly cash-only spot now takes Visa and Mastercard, but you may not need it -- the massive tacos are only a couple of bucks each. Warning: Two of these tacos are considered to be plenty for one person.

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Photo by Stephanie Meza
You'll find traditional Vietnamese home cooking at our No. 4 spot.
4. Huynh

We sometimes look to our city's top chefs to point us in the right direction when it comes to good eats. In our series Where the Chefs Eat, more than a few cooks have praised home-style Vietnamese restaurant Huynh for us to take notice. Both Seth Siegel-Gardner and Brandi Key can't get enough of the goi vit, a refreshing pulled-duck salad served with ginger dipping sauce that is yours for $8.95. Key even claims that it's so "light and crisp and fatty and acidic," she can eat it every day. Other standouts include goi cuon, pork and shrimp spring rolls (two for $2.95); bun bo xao, a stir-fried beef noodle bowl ($7.95); and bowls of aromatic pho ($6.95 for a regular, $8.50 for a large).


Location Info

Brothers Taco House

1604 Dowling, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Huynh

912 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Cajun Stop

2130 Jefferson St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bernie's Burger Bus

, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mr. Sizzles Curbside

, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sparkle's Hamburger Spot

1515 Dowling, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Houston Food Park

1504 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cafe TH

2108 Pease St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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9 comments
krissybolt
krissybolt

I can't believe you left out Long Sing Supermarket!!!  Amazing deal - $6 I think - for a 2 meat, one veg + rice plate of awesome roast duck, roast pork, char siu, etc...

FrankLee
FrankLee

Good list. But kinda obvious since EADO is rather small and still residentially underdeveloped.

My addition would be District 7 Grill and personal map of EADO Eats

sylviana
sylviana

Cajun Stop is wonderful -- did you know they now serve breakfast? Some yummy Cajun stuff early in the morning.

I might add Madola's Deli and Kanomwan Thai, but I've got to admit the food is so great at Kanomwan I usually drop about $20 for lunch.

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

You really should avoid showing open-faced tacos. I get that you're trying to show the contents, but they end up looking like soiled diapers.

brookeviggiano
brookeviggiano

@sylviana They both fall a bit outside the map, but look out they may pop up in another neighborhood list

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