Cheap and Good Eats: The Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Montrose

Hit up our #5 spot for a smorgasboard of Mediterranean fare.
Hit up our #5 spot for a smorgasboard of Mediterranean fare.
Photo by Christina Uticone

Montrose has its fair share of fantastic dining, from upscale classics Mark's and Hugo's to trendy new kids on the block Uchi and Underbelly. But don't be fooled, there are also plenty of amazing, hole-in-the-wall eateries in this 'hood.

Today, we're focusing on the small joints that offer the best bang for your buck. Here's our list of the best cheap (under $10) lunch spots that Montrose has to offer.

5. Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine

If you want to feast like a king on the cheap, Aladdin's cafeteria-style lunch is the way to go. All items are available à la carte, but we can't skip the $9.99 (or $8.99 for all vegetables) lunch special, where you can choose one entrée and three sides from the vast array of dips, salads, roasted vegetables, and succulent meats set before you. We love the hot fresh pita, tabbouleh salad, Lebanese mashed potatoes, and shish kabob. Oh, and the roasted cauliflower, baked chicken, fried falafel, and lamb shank. No matter what you choose, the guys behind the counter will load up your plate, so you're sure to walk away happy.

Try the boys' take on a shrimp banh mi.
Try the boys' take on a shrimp banh mi.
Photo by Troy Fields

4. Eatsie Boys Cafe

With all-day breakfast and monster sandwiches, soups, and salads under $10, you can't go wrong with this food-truck-turned Mmmontrose cafe. We like the Tough Guy ($10), a cold fried chicken sandwich with slaw, sriracha ranch dressing, and bread & butter pickles; the shaved Brussels sprouts salad ($9), with roasted beets, bacon, and Meyer-lemon vinaigrette; or the aptly named "Trust Us" soup ($6), a never-before-seen matzah ball pho that is out of this world. Tacking on the boys' house-made ice cream may put you over the $10 limit, but it's oh so worth it.

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