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


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BB's po' boys taste like they're straight out of New Orleans.
3. BB's Café

If you're ever in need of an afternoon pick-me-up, you can always transport yourself straight to Nola at this Creole-style eatery. And in true Southern fashion, the prices are right. Feast on $8 bowls of Maw Maw's hearty gumbo and jambalaya, or $7-$9.50 giant po' boys filled with Southern favorites like fried catfish, dressed roast beef, and oysters. Those are sure to fill you up, but if you're willing to spend a little extra, we suggest sharing a plate of the queso-, roast beef-, and gravy-topped fries ($9). You'll never want to leave Nola again.

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Photo by Troy Fields
There's nothing grim about this jalapeño- and mac & cheese-topped Grim burger.
2. Lankford Grocery & Market

This friendly, down-home restaurant has been serving up down-home comfort food since it opened as a grocery, in 1939. The cash-only spot serves lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., so stop by for your fix of classic sandwiches ($3.75 to $6.95; think BLTs and tuna melts) and old-fashioned, messy-as-all-hell burgers smothered in toppings like mac and cheese, habanero sauce, and wasabi pineapple. Don't miss their famous daily lunch specials ($8.95) for cheesy beef enchiladas, chicken fried steak, and Texas hash that will rival even your mama's.

Location Info

Venue

Map

Eatsie Boys

4100 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: General

Lankford Grocery and Market

88 Dennis St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

BB's Cafe

2710 Montrose, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

La Guadalupana Bakery and Café

2109 Dunlavy St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mark's American Cuisine

1658 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hugo's

1600 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Uchi

904 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Underbelly

1100 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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24 comments
pigass
pigass

thanks to this article a couple of us went to guadalupana and everything was pretty bad, besides the horchata.

Monica Litle
Monica Litle

David Salazar we must eat at all of these

Linda Green
Linda Green

We always liked to go to Ones A Meal.

Linda Green
Linda Green

Linda Rogers Weiss have you ever eaten at one of these? They're in the general area of our old neighborhood.

FRL713
FRL713

Eatsie Boys is far from budget friendly and definitely avoid the fried shrimp "banh-mi" if you're looking for a good value.  I found the prices way out of line given the quality of the (limited available) offerings during a recent lunch visit.

neilquan
neilquan

This article hits the nail on the head. I've eaten at all of these places in the last six months and they are all fantastics places to eat without breaking the bank. Aladdin's fresh pitas are probably my favorite pitas I've ever had and you can get a few extra with your meal at no extra charge. They are more than willing to accommodate. Lankford grocery is one of my favorite burgers here in Houston, but they also serve a really great Chicken Fried Steak every Thursday that brings me back home. LOVE IT! 

Usernamenotavailable
Usernamenotavailable

Where did you get those prices- from a five years old review? All those items have gone up by about 25%. Guadalupana's food is great- perhaps you'll go there sometime to eat.

johnnybench
johnnybench topcommenter

All great spots, but I think at least an honorable mention should go to Melange Creperie.  A delicious and filling crepe for five or six bucks?  Can't beat that deal.

wagglesdorf
wagglesdorf

@mrogersrealtor  

Big big laugh! Have you been to Niko Niko's for gyros? It costs nearly $20 for a lunch tab, prices continue to increase every year, the same crappy plastic and styrofoam service. It's ok, but it's not close to budget dining.

eatsieboys
eatsieboys

@FRL713 sorry to hear you had a bad experiences with us.  Please contact us and I would love to make things right.

eatsieboys
eatsieboys

@FRL713 sorry to hear you had a bad experiences with us.  Please contact us and I would love to make things right.  info@eatsieboys.com

brookeviggiano
brookeviggiano

@Usernamenotavailable thanks for the note. Didn't write down exact prices so I found what was apparently an outdated menu. Still with the slight increase, this place is a delicious steal!

Usernamenotavailable
Usernamenotavailable

I agree. I guess I could have brought it to your attention without adding snark.

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