Top 5 Prix-Fixe Lunches in Houston

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Photo by Mai Pham
This sea bass brochette with saffron rice and lobster sauce is something you might enjoy on the Le Mistral lunch prix-fixe.

It's not every day that you'll want to indulge in a fancy meal for lunch, but when you do, a lunch prix-fixe is the only way to go. For a fraction of the cost you would pay for dinner, many of the best restaurants around town offer set lunch menus for your dining pleasure. Here are our picks for the Top Five Prix-Fixe Lunches in Houston.

5. Le Mistral
$10 for two courses or $20 for three courses, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
If you find yourself over on the west side of town or anywhere near the energy corridor, Le Mistral is the place to be for lunch. The popular French restaurant, owned by chef David Denis and his brother Sylvain, offers two incredible specials for the business lunch crowd: an "Express Lunch," which includes your choice of soup or salad and pasta of the day for $10; and a three-course "Business Lunch," which includes a soup or salad to start, a daily entrée and dessert. Subscribe to the restaurant's Facebook page for daily updates on what they'll be serving. Recent features on the Express menu have included items like a penne pasta with red wine bolognese and orecchiette pasta with traditional Provençal basil pesto topped with tomato coulis. The Business menu has offered dishes such as Chilean sea bass kebabs with saffron rice and beef Provençal stew, saffron rice pilaf and sautéed mushrooms.

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Photo by Mai Pham
Catfish Koo-bee-yahn: Palacios catfish & shrimp in Acadian-style Courtbouillon sauce with a side of toasted garlic Jazzmen Rice, part of the $23 prix-fixe at Brennan's.

4. Brennan's of Houston
$16 to $25 for two courses, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
What could be better than dining in the recently renovated dining room at Brennan's for lunch? Indulging in a scrumptious two-course prix-fixe. The two-item lunch "packages" range from $16 to $25, and include a starter, such as their famous turtle soup, followed by your choice of entrée, such as Texas rabbit stuffed with tasso and mozzarella over sweet potato greens and blistered tomatoes with andouille country gravy. A vegetarian option is also available. While you're there, don't pass up the opportunity to indulge in one of their amazingly strong 25-cent martinis, available in a variety of flavors with the purchase of a lunch entrée (limit of three per person).

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Photo courtesy of Américas
Pollo achiote is one of the options on Americas' "trio" lunch prix-fixe.

3. Americas River Oaks
$19 lunch trio, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
When you want to step away from the stresses of the day, visit Américas River Oaks and let the Cordúa magic sweep you off your feet. The otherworldly decor has the effect of suspending time, while the delicious food will transport you to a tropical place where chicken is grilled with achiote, or bacon-wrapped shrimp and filet brochettes are served over chorizo Caribbean rice. In addition to these entrée choices, the trio lunch menu includes a soup or salad to start and ends with the famous tres leches or cocoa tart.

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Location Info

Da Marco

1520 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Brennan's of Houston

3300 Smith, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Americas Restaurant

2040 W. Gray St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tony's Restaurant

3755 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Le Mistral

1400 Eldridge Parkway, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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7 comments
Jimi Austin
Jimi Austin

Thats supposed to be a photo of a meal? Hope they bring lots of bread to fill up on.

giacometti
giacometti

I would add Charivari and L'Olivier. Cuchara is also good but overpriced usually for what you get.

FRL713
FRL713

I used to regularly take clients to Truluck's for the 3-course business lunch.  It's a nice room and the food was well suited to a wide range of client tastes. Cuchara is my favorite casual choice for lunch with the Mrs.

Mai Pham
Mai Pham topcommenter

@giacometti Charivari is a great Midtown lunch deal (and it did receive honorable mention). Will have to investigate l'Olivier's. Re: Cuchara, the portions are not as large as other establishments, but you can't beat the $15 price tag for three courses plus an agua fresca. I think the portions are healthy and appropriately sized. 

Mai Pham
Mai Pham topcommenter

@FRL713 Never been to Truluck's for lunch; thanks for the tip. I'm with you on Cuchara! 

TimP
TimP

@Mai Pham I was pleased to see the inclusion of Charivari. They also have a two course option for around $10.  However, the best is when they have the strip available on the business lunch. You really can't beat that for value considering the quality of the food there.

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