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


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The beef fajita tacos are fall-apart tender at our No. 3 spot.
3. Taqueria Laredo

This old-timey taqueria almost always has a line out the door. And for good reason. Freshly hand-made tortillas (just like your abuela used to make) are soft, supple and perfect for holding mounds of fall-apart chicken, pork and fajita meats. Add beans, rice and hot sauce and call it a day. For about $2 a taco (cash only), you can't go wrong. We suggest frequenting the place so you can get better acquainted with their daily lunch specials, too.

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We could eat the ramen from our No. 2 pick every day of the week.
2. Soma Sushi

While the specialty rolls at this sushi bar are understandably over $10, there are enough other lunch choices that certainly fit the bill. And did we mention they are incredible? Come for a bowl of decadent and luscious pork belly ramen ($9), filled with handmade noodles, caramelized, fork-tender pork belly, shiitake mushrooms, greens, pickled ginger and a partially boiled egg. The yolk oozes into the tonkotsu (pork-based broth), adding the most amazing richness and velvety mouthfeel. For a bit more heat, try the spicy miso ramen ($9). But if it's still sushi you're feeling, the lunch sushi combo -- with three pieces of nigiri, a four-piece California roll and a four-piece spicy tuna roll for just $8 -- is the way to go.

Location Info

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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

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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