Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Old Downtown
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|Come to our No. 3 pick for some of the city's best Latin American fare.|
Come to this petite cafe for fantastic Latin American fare -- like fresh Gulf Coast Ceviche Purano ($10) dressed with cilantro-lime and hints of habanero, which is a meal in and of itself with the side of crisp plantain chips; or the Colombian Pollo Guisado ($8), chicken legs drenched in rich yucca-creole sauce and served with rice, beans, and green or sweet plantains. Tilapia- and mango-stuffed tacos are just $8, while a classic Cubano sandwich, loaded with roast pork, ham, pickles and mustard, will run you $7.
Both of these downtown spots show just how good fusion cuisine can be.
Head to Bombay Pizza for thin-crust naan-like pizzas topped with spicy Bombay tomato sauce, tandoori chicken and saag paneer. Pies are just $9 for an 8", and a few are even available by the slice. Come with friends so you can try a little of everything.
Taco-truck-turned-Market-Square-hot spot Fusion Taco is the place to go for an extraordinary fast-casual lunch. The tacos -- priced around $3 and $4 -- blur the boundaries of global cuisine, fusing tempura shrimp with jalapeño and wasabi; or char siu-glazed pork with black beans and corn salsa. We can't tell which we love more, those or the short rib vindaloo taco, piled high with 24-hour braised beef, cucumber relish and creamy raita.
Photo by rob2smith You may want to try a couple of tacos at this No. 2 pick.