Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in The Woodlands for Your Dining Pleasure

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Do you recognize this 'cue from our No. 1 spot?
We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town (See the complete list at the end of the post).

Today, we've moved outside the loop to the ever-expanding Woodlands area. With tons of families and new developments, including ExxonMobil's soon-to-be-completed 385-acre campus, the already-booming restaurant scene is sure to continue growing. While there are tons of upscale hotspots around, we're looking at the places that offer quick and cheap, but still fantastic, lunches.

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

Honorable Mention: Pallotta's Italian Grill, located just east of I-45 in Conroe, for their classic Italian and $5.95 weekday pasta specials; Jax Burgers, Fries and Shakes, for their upside-down burgers, garlic fries, and thick shakes; and Kim Son Café, for their Vietnamese vermicelli bowls and pho.

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A large Brooklyn-style pie is more than enough to share with friends at this, one of our No. 5 spots.
5. Grimaldi's Coal Brick Oven Pizzeria/Crust Pizza Co.

Personal pies are just $9-$10 at both of these Woodlands pizza joints. Head to Grimaldi's for authentic Brooklyn-style coal-fired pies and to Crust for more creative toppings.

At New York import Grimaldi's, thin-crust pies are crisp and light, while calzones, loaded with melted and gooey ricotta and mozzarella cheese, are perfect for the hearty appetite. We like coming with a crowd and sharing an Antipasto Salad -- with sweet roasted red peppers, salami, olives, house-made vinaigrette, and freshly baked bread ($9 for a small, $13 for a large) -- and a large pie or calzone ($16 to $18). Add toppings like artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, Italian sausage and anchovies for $2 to $4.

At Crust Pizza, you'll find the made-from-scratch dough is a bit thicker, but that's all the better to hold toppings for pies like The Jerk -- loaded with Jamaican jerk chicken, caramelized onions, bell peppers, bacon, and two kinds of cheese; or the Old Smokey -- piled high with spicy sausage, jalapeños, red onions, cilantro, smoked mozzarella, Cheddar, and ranch. There are tons of hot subs, pastas, and salads, all for under $10, as well.

4. Lama Mediterranean Cafe

Come to this family-owned café for a true home-style Mediterranean and Greek lunch. Share a plate of hummus, baba ghanoush, or stuffed grape leaves for around $3, then move on to the main event. Tender and juicy shawarma sandwiches -- filled with spit-style slow-roasted chicken or beef, tomatoes, pickles, and onions -- come with a side of creamy slaw for just $5.99. Or try the gyro platter ($8.99), which comes stacked high with juicy sliced beef, rice, pita, cucumber salad, and tzatziki sauce.

Location Info

Eden Cafe

33418 Egypt Lane, Humble, TX

Category: Restaurant

CorkScrew BBQ

24930 Budde Road, Spring, TX

Category: Restaurant

Grimaldi's Coal Brick Oven Pizzeria

20 Waterway Ave., Spring, TX

Category: Restaurant

Crust Pizza Co.

4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hubbell & Hudson Bistro

24 Waterway Ave., The Woodlands, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pallotta's Italian Grille

27606 I-45 N., Conroe, TX

Category: Restaurant

Jax Burgers Fries & Shakes

4334 FM 2920, Spring, TX

Category: Restaurant

Kim Son Cafe

1701 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Charlotte Brown
Charlotte Brown

Eden Cafe is AMAZING. If you're in that neck of the woods I reccommend Dumas Tacos for some stellar Mexican food.


Crust sounds like a goopy train-wreck of ingredients


Kudos! Best Woodlands list y'all have done, by far.

Dana Marie Cain
Dana Marie Cain

Corkscrew might be the best BBQ in the entire country.

Regina Dickey
Regina Dickey

Although his idea of "budget" and mine are vastly

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