Five Cheap-Yet-Delicious Houston Eats

These places are great alternatives to fast food for satisfying your stomach with $10 or less!

With tacos like the slow-roasted pork carnitas with green chiles and queso fresco, you can’t go wrong at Torchy’s.

Running on a tight budget doesn’t have to mean resorting to a fast food diet! Here’s a list of quality restaurants where you can get the most bang for your buck.

Torchy’s Tacos
At Torchy’s you won’t spend over $7 if you are going in for one taco and a drink. My choice of taco is the fried avocado on a flour tortilla ¾ complete with refried beans, lettuce, cheese, and pico. If you have a little extra cash, spend it on the queso. Torchy’s queso is not thick, and they add a dollop of guac and spash of spicy diablo sauce on top. After a meal here, you will feel full and (relatively) healthy! Secret Torchy’s tip: mix together the vanilla creme soda and a bit of the black cherry soda for a killer drink.

MOD Pizza
Though a regular sized (Mod sized) pizza is $7.47, I generally only eat the regular size pizza and that’s when I'm ravenously hungry. I usually go for the Mini size which is $4.47. At Mod, choose from any pizza on the menu, or go down the line and customize your own pizza.

Sushi Wabi
Sushi Wabi is one of my favorite places in town for fried rice and sushi. Go in during happy hour (Monday-Friday 3 p.m.- 7 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 3 p.m.- 6 p.m.) for $6.50 sushi rolls and $3 appetizers. Another great option at Sushi Wabi is their fried rice which is $6.95. The Japanese style fried rice comes in a medium/large serving ¾ I always have to ask for a to-go box if I can’t finish it all.

Don Cafe
In the heart of Chinatown is a superb place to get a great Banh sandwich for $2.50-$3.50. Don’s is extremely cheap, but serves up great, quality food. If you do decide to go to Don’s please know that they only accept cash. And, if you buy five sandwiches, you get one free! Free food? Yes, please!

Hubcap Grill
With two locations in town, Hubcap serves up mouthwatering burgers at prices you’ll appreciate. Cheeseburgers are $6.00 and the most expensive burger on the menu is the triple meat cheeseburger which is $10.00. If you do have a bit of extra cash when you visit Hubcap, spend it on one of its specialty fries — the Greek Fries are great! A visit to Hubcap Grill is a must-do whether a native Houstonian or not!

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