Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in EaDo (You Won't Be Sorry)
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|May we suggest The Cajun Stop's creole-spiced fried crawfish po-boy?|
Formerly known as Calliope's Po-Boy, this creole hotspot is still serving up the same great comfort food with New Orleans flair. During lunch hours (daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), you can get your fix of cajun-spiced shrimp, catfish and fried oyster platters -- complete with fries and a salad -- for just under $9. Looking for something else? No worries. The restaurant's regular menu offers plenty of Crescent City favorites for less than $10. Try the rich, spicy chicken and sausage gumbo ($3.59 for a cup, $5.95 for a bowl); or fully dressed po-boys stuffed with fried crawfish and gravy-drenched roast beef ($9.25 and $7.25, respectively, for a small). They call the sandwiches small, but with 7-inch rolls and plenty of fillings, they are anything but.
2. Houston Food Park
Photo by Mai Pham Check the food park's schedule to see when this Bernie's Burger Bus juicy goodness will make an appearance.
Want to impress your friends? Take them to Houston's first food truck park for lunch (weekdays from 11 a.m to 2 p.m; until 3 p.m. on weekends). There, you'll find a rotating lineup of some of the best food trucks in town. The hardest part will be picking between favorites like Bernie's Burger Bus, Mr. Sizzles Curbside and St. John's Fire...but that's a good problem to have. Follow them on Twitter (@Houfoodpark) or Facebook to find out the day's roster.