Where: Edomae Sushi, 12225 Westheimer, 281-558-5599
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What $13 gets you: Sushi Special C from the lunch special menu is $10.95 and includes a California roll rolled in bright orange flying fish roe and a Spicy Tuna roll with your choice of miso soup or salad. If you can't afford the tip, get the lunch to go.
This Japanese restaurant was remarkable for its monochrome modern interior, throbbing techno soundtrack and cutting-edge cuisine when it originally opened as Blue Fin Sushi. In its new incarnation as Edomae Sushi, it's got the same modern décor and music, with the added attraction of cheap sushi. $13 will get you seriously full of fish rolls at noon. The new owner, who also owns several Schlotzsky's sandwich shops, is marketing the place as an upscale restaurant without the upscale prices.
Recommended: The lunch specials are the best bargains. The most expensive is Sushi Special E, $12.95 for five pieces of sushi and a Shaggy Dog Roll made with tempura shrimp and lots of krab and soup or salad. The house salad with ginger dressing is pretty decent.
Extra Points: Full bar with premium pours like 12 year-old Macallan single malt Scotch to enhance your luncheon experience.