Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in the Washington Corridor

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Photo by Brooke Viggiano
You'll find lunch specials on enchiladas and more at our No. 5 pick.
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're moving onto the bar-and-restaurant-packed Washington Corridor. With favorites like BRC Gastropub, Coppa Ristorante and Max's Wine Dive, there are plenty of great dining options here. We certainly love all of those places, but we're looking to lunch for a bit less.

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

Note: For purposes of this post, the Washington Avenue Corridor is defined as the strip of Washington running from Westcott to Studemont, with a few blocks north or south on either side. Anything further west of Westcott we'd consider Rice Military; anything further east of Studemont we'd consider the Old Sixth Ward.

Honorable Mention: Los Dos Amigos, for their home-style Tex Mex and standout cheese enchiladas, Polovina Italian Café, for their $7.95 3-course lunch specials, and The Counter, for build-your-own burgers and solid fries.

5. TQLA

You may think this trendy tequila bar and restaurant would be a bit pricier, but lunch plates are served daily * Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for just $5.95 to $9.95. And just because they are lunch-size portions, that doesn't mean they are small. We love the blackened tilapia drizzled in tequila-lime butter, or the cheesy burrito loaded with chicken, beans, rice, caramelized onions and green chiles. If you're looking for something lighter, the soup and salad combo -- a bowl of veggie-packed, spicy chicken fajita soup and a field greens salad, tossed with jicama, red peppers, cucumbers and a tangy serrano-vinaigrette -- is a refreshing, but filling, meal.

*Note: Thank you to our reader wuwu for pointing out that TQLA is no longer open for lunch Monday through Thursday.

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Wild is the name of the game at our No. 4 pick.
4. Sammy's Wild Game Grill

It's all about the antelope, venison, buffalo, elk, kangaroo and more at this Washington Avenue burger and dog spot. Come in for a plump pheasant dog ($6.75), served in a soft and chewy pretzel bun with your choice of toppings (may we suggest fried onions, bacon and jalapeños?) and sauce (we love the Cajun rémoulade, but try the ghost pepper if you're a spice fiend). A saucy and tender BBQ Pulled Boar Sandwich will run you just under $10, while a good ole juicy Angus beef burger is just $7.95. And if you come with friends, be sure to split Sammy's Wild Fries ($4.75) -- the thin, crisp fries are tossed with a fried egg, bacon bits, chives and shredded cheese.


Location Info

BRC Gastropub

519 Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Coppa Ristorante Italiano

5555 Washington, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Max's Wine Dive

4720 Washington Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Los Dos Amigos

5720 Washington Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Raia's Italian Market - CLOSED

4500 Washington, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Counter

4601 Washington Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Soma Sushi

4820 Washington Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

TQLA

4601 Washington Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sammy's Wild Game Grill

3715 Washington Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

El Rey Taqueria

910 Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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12 comments
gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Los dos amigos? And anyone who thinks Givral's on Douchington avenue is good is crazy..

AwesomeMargie
AwesomeMargie

Laredo accepts credit cards.  It has for some time now.

rgwalt
rgwalt

Where is Les Grival's?  I can each cheaper there than TQLA, Sammy's, or Soma.  El Rey and Laredo beat them out price-wise, but it is hard to beat a $3 Bhan Mi.

jimbo1126
jimbo1126

I'm surprised not to see Pollo Campero on this list. The chicken isn't even the reason to go; they have lots of Latin dishes that are very, very good and very reasonably priced.

wuwu
wuwu

TQLA not open for lunch anymore during week

wuwu
wuwu

TQLA not open for lunch anymore during week

johnnydub
johnnydub

I think all these are ON Washington itself, with the corridor being excluded. Therefore my pick: La Fisheria!!!

gianduia
gianduia

count on anything with el tiempo in the name to be overpriced rather than budget priced

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