Food & Drink

The 18 Best Things to Eat in Houston for $5 & Under

Published On 07/06/2015 Published On 07/06/2015
BB's Cafe
Fountain View Cafe

Tornado Burger
Frenchy's Chicken
Slices & Ices
James Coney Island
Fusion Taco
Common Bond
Kimberly Park
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1. BB's Cajun Cafe 2710 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

This Cajun eatery in Montrose is a neighborhood staple serving up Texas and New Orleans cuisine in a laid back atmosphere. Get your hands on Cajun classics like ettouffe and crawfish boils in addition to full loaded po-boys. All of the food is pretty gut-busting, so bring some friends to go in on shareable apps like loaded fries. BB's is open late, making it the perfect stop after a night out.

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2. Fountain View Cafe 1814 Fountain View Dr, Houston, TX 77057

If you’re gonna have pancakes for lunch (or as pre-dinner snack), this is the place to do it. These bad boys come stacked with crisped edges and a mound of oozing, whipped, and salted butter. All they need is a soak in syrup and BOOM -- you’re never having a kale salad for lunch again.

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3. Tornado Burger 505 FM 1092 Rd , Stafford, TX 77477

Tornado Burger, a Stafford neighborhood fast-food burger joint, offers greasy, divey burgers that feel so wrong but taste so right. The patties are hand-formed in-house, using onions, jalapenos, garlic, and other peppers that get mushed right in. Tornado burgers air on the slim side, so be sure to double up on your meat-to-bun ratio with the Double Cheeseburger. And while you’re ordering at the counter, don’t forget to bulk up on loaded fries, which you can customize to your waistline’s desire, with toppings like feta, bacon, ranch, and grilled onion.

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4. Laredo Taqueria 915 Snover St, Houston, TX 77007

This bright orange shack is hard to miss -- right off of Washington Ave with a line out the door as a result of their seriously delicious breakfast and lunch tacos -- get in line and prepare for some fluffy, handmade tortillas stuffed with chorizo, barbacoa, and chicharrones.

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5. Xiong's Cafe 9888 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77036

It's all legit at Xiong’s Café, but the real winner is the Szechuan-style dumplings that come in a plate of seriously hot red chili oil for less than 5 Lincolns at this Chinatown spot.

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6. Slices & Ices 300 W Bay Area Blvd, Webster, TX 77598

Hit up this NY-style pizza shop for a slice. They've got the usuals, like Buffalo Chicken, but also Mac & Cheese.

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7. Fusion Taco 801 Congress St, Houston, TX 77002

Part taco truck, part restaurant, Fusion Taco blends Asian and South American flare for exciting dishes like Chili con Queso and Chicken Tikka Masala tacos.

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8. Hugs & Donuts 1901 N Shepherd Dr Ste 4, Houston, TX 77008

Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, the owners of popular food truck H-town StrEATs opened a brick-and-mortar donut and kolache shop. Gorge yourself on freshly baked gourmet goodness, including (but not limited to) options like lemon-curd filled lemon meringue pie donuts and Gatlin’s BBQ brisket kolaches.

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9. Common Bond 1706 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098

Once you get your hands on the kugelhopf, you'll understand why this Montrose bakery and breakfast-ery has lines out the door. Butter-brushed and sugar-glazed, this German marble Bundt cake only rivals one other item on the menu: fried egg on a croissant bigger than your head. This breakfast sandwich is made with a perfectly yolky 63 degree egg that blends harmoniously with a slab of pork sausage, melted cheddar, aioli, and a buttery, fluffy sesame roll. A number of pastries and savory dishes are also available at Common Bond.

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10. Café TH EaDo 2108 Pease St, Houston, TX 77003

The food at this neighborhood hang out is as bomb as it is cheap. French bread stuffed with things like pork meatballs, pate, and fried egg can be yours for $3 to $5 at lunch and dinner.

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11. Pondicheri Bake Lab + Shop 2800 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098

At this Indian fusion bake lab chili oatmeal and masala cookies, ginger clouds, chocolate and orange saffron brioche buns, and crack balls (oh yeah) are all $5 or less.

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12. Tacos Tierra Caliente 2003 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098

This food truck is permanently parked across from West Alabama Ice House, which means you can count on fresh corn tortillas stuffed with fall-apart tender barbacoa, lengua, huevo con chorizo, and no-joke fiery house salsa without fear of it driving away.

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13. Zabak's Mediterranean Cafe 5901 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77057

The falafel at this Galleria area mainstay are each fried to a crisp, moist and crumbly. Come grab 'em stuffed into pita with l + t, za’tar spice, tahini, and hot sauce for $4.49.

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14. Sunny Flea Market 8705 Airline Dr, Houston, TX 77037

Sunny Flea Market is open on weekends serving up all kinds of hot Mexican food, face painting, carnival rides and occasional special events. And don't you dare go home without trying the churros!

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15. Bernie’s Burger Bus Stop 5407 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77401

Some of Houston's best burgers and fries come straight out of a big yellow school bus, otherwise known as the kitchen of Bernie's Burger Bus. Bernie's still has waiters and seating though, not to mention milkshakes, wines, and beers on tap. The gourmet burgers, all of which have school-themed names like "The Principal" and "Homeroom," are constructed from a blend of house-ground black Angus beef and served on locally-baked buns. Add in homemade condiments and you've got the best school lunch ever.