Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Clear Lake


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The adorable outdoor patio at our No. 3 pick is the perfect afternoon getaway.
3. Mediterraneo Market & Café

Mediterraneo not only has excellent food; it also has a stocked Middle Eastern market and one of Clear Lake's most charming patios to boot.

Relax on the colorful patio and nosh on hummus and pita, tabouleh salad, and fried falafel. Pita wraps with souvlaki, kofta kebabs, and baba ganoush are $5.49 and under, while large entrée salads with feta cheese, tuna, and grilled shrimp range from $6.99 to $10.99. Traditional Greek dishes like moussaka and pastitsio are also standouts at just $8.99 before lunch ends, at 5:00 p.m.

2. King Chicken

This fast and cheap Peruvian-style rotisserie joint is just what you need to cure the midday hump.

The moist and tender expertly-spiced chicken ($6.79 for a quarter with two sides, $8.49 for a half) is just one of the many reasons to come try it out. Handmade corn pupusas ($1.89), packed with rich ground pork paste, refried beans, and quesillo, are pleasantly thick and fluffy. Burgers and sides of fried yucca or sweet plantains are popular options as well.

Order at the counter, but consider taking your food with you. While it's certainly clean inside, the decor leaves a bit to be desired.

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Location Info

Nobi Public House

241 E. NASA Parkway, Webster, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cuisine of India

1212 NASA Parkway, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Abe's Cajun Market

1080 Clear Lake City Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mogul

1055 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mediterraneo Market & Cafe

18033 Upper Bay Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Boondoggle's Pub & Pizzeria

4106 Nasa Road One, Seabrook, TX

Category: Music

Seabrook Classic Cafe

2511 NASA Parkway, Seabrook, TX

Category: Restaurant


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Jessamyn Davis
Jessamyn Davis

I was about to praise Nobi but got distracted by the crazy zombie discussion above. Go pork fries!

Wulfe N. Straat
Wulfe N. Straat

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PineBrookWood
PineBrookWood

Abes has good quality food but for "Cajun" it is very watered-down.  Floyd's is much better.


I prefer the food at Wael's for Mediterranean/Lebanese and Angelos for Italian, esp. their pizza. Pho Hoang on Bay Area for Pho and 888 for American and authentic style Chinese.  As far as suburbs go, I've found Clear Lake has a lot of good places to eat, but they are low key and usually overlooked.

johncoby
johncoby

wow you missed this by a mile.  you should consult people who live in clear lake before publishing. Abes? really?

ComicBookGuy
ComicBookGuy

I still like Thai Seafood.  And for Indian there is also Bombay Tadka (although I am not sure that they qualify for the Cheap Lunch as I have not tried their lunch buffet).


That being said, for a cheap lunch I much prefer Nasa Fast Food to Nobi.  Don't get me wrong, Nobi had decent food and a very respectable beer selection, but they aren't really a cheap lunch if you go there for what they are best at... the beer.


Nasa Fast Food has a great menu, and everything on it qualifies for the Cheap Lunch (or even dinner) and everything I have had there is great.  True, no beer, but overall the menu and the food is hands-down better.  As a matter of fact, I just got back from there and a bahn mi and iced tea for $5.00 is both cheap and excellent.

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

Not a bad list at all. I agree with Cuisine of India, King Chicken, and Nobi.  But Mediterraneo, no way.  And maybe not Abe's but I have nothing against it.  I like your Honorable Mentions.  Other places worth considering would be Rivera's Mex-Sal, Frenchie's, Al Basha, and Chuyo's, in League City. I used to really like Thai Seafood.

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

@johncoby 

I live in the Clear Lake area and find this list to be pretty good.  And I am one to bitch.  I wouldn't have included Abe's and no way Mediterraneo, but Abe's does help round out the list.

Your criticism would be more valid if you could make some suggestions as to what you think the list should be.

LosNix
LosNix

@ComicBookGuy As someone who misses living on Westheimer near the beltway, Nasa Fast Food makes me a content guy. Srsly great eats for the price, and the owner is always exceptionally nice. I definitely would've dropped these guys in here, probably taking the place of Mediterraneo. 


Mediterraneo- they're not bad... I just don't think they're great. While the market section of the establishment is great, the food is just okay. Mediterranean Chef up the road on Nasa edges them out for cuisine (and comparable "cheap eats' IMHO.

johncoby
johncoby

@Bruce_Are@johncobyColiseum Italian Restaurant. Lunch is a full plate of any combination of italian dishes and bread. I think it is under $7 Been there for decades.


Bay Area Meat Market. Half a chicken for $5.00 or other combinations. Great food and you can walk next door and pick out your meat for dinner.


Frenchies. The lunch sandwich is big enough for two. Been there for decades in a hole in the wall.


Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

@johncoby

I eat lunch at Colosseum because my kids like it. It's cheap and filling but it doesn't belong in the Top 5.  I'd rather eat the chicken at King Chicken than BAMM so no need to include BAMM.  And Frenchie's would be OK but I'd rather go to Angelo's for Italian.  And surely you wouldn't include both Colosseum and Frenchie's in the Top 5.

So I think Brooke did a pretty good job.  She included Cuisine of India and King Chicken.  Any list without those would be lacking.  And Nobi is pretty darn good--I'd put them on the list for having the best hot dog in the Clear Lake area.


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