Cheap and Good Eats: The Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in River Oaks


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A chunky bolognese over Paulie's housemade rigatoni never fails to hit the spot.
1. Paulie's

Just on the edge of River Oaks lies the mecca of Italian comfort food, Paulie's. The restaurant has been all over the news since owner Paul Petronella opened up Houston's newest wine bar, Camerata, next door. But that's not why we love the place. It's the awesomely priced, deliciously casual Italian food that steals our hearts. Stop by for lunch and get a variety of sandwiches and panini ($5.25 to $9.75), daily soups ($2.50/cup, $4.25/bowl), gourmet salads ($5.50 to $9.50) and smaller portions of housemade pastas ($7.25 to $9.00). We like the traditional Italian Hoagie, served with potato salad, or the hearty veal and ground beef Rigatoni Bolognese. It's just like Nonna used to make.


Location Info

Avalon Diner

2417 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Hot Bagel Shop

2009 S. Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Maine-ly Sandwiches

3310 S. Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Paulie's

1834 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Torchy's Tacos

2411 S. Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cafe Ginger

1952 W. Gray, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Relish Fine Foods

3951 San Felipe, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Camerata at Paulie's

1834 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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9 comments
Ian Hopman
Ian Hopman

A little disappointed not to find anything west of Kirby.

JohnG10
JohnG10

How...is Paulie's not in Montrose?

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

I think the best restaurant in River Oaks is Gilhooley's.  As a bonus, they allow smoking but not kids.

angeli3
angeli3

I declare this the most mis-labeled article of the year ever, seeing that ALL of the places on this list isn't even in River Oaks at all. (Avalon Diner comes the closet but it's on the wrong side of Westheimer.)

vodkinator
vodkinator

This list puzzles me because I just realized that I don't know what the boundaries of River Oaks are. Can anyone tell me?

jimbo1126
jimbo1126

By your own definition, Maine-ly isn't part of River Oaks and Avalon is south of Westheimer. I'd have put Relish in the 5, Auntie Chang's too.

brookeviggiano
brookeviggiano

@jimbo1126 meant to note that Maine-ly was just outside, thanks. Also Avalon I'd consider in the lines. Auntie Chang's is pretty good but I've had better experiences at Cafe Ginger.

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