Cheap and Good Eats: The Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in River Oaks
There's no seating inside this counter-service bagel joint, so grab a seat next to the parking lot or get your bagel to go.
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Looking for a super quick, super delicious lunch that's easy on the wallet? Shepherd's hole-in-the-wall Hot Bagel Shop is the way to go. New Jersey natives opened the store more than 25 years ago, so you know it's the real deal. The sandwiches, available on bagels or whole wheat bread, range from $3.99 to $6.99 and include items like roast beef, housemade chicken salad, and a New York favorite, sliced lox. Choose one from the board or build your own. We like toasting a garlic bagel and topping it with a smear of scallion cream cheese, sliced smoked turkey, and thick tomatoes. But most of all, we like the shop's bagel dogs, all beef hot dogs ($.89 to $1.79) wrapped in bagel dough and served plain or filled with jalapeño and cheddar cheese.
You can't beat chunks of lemon-scented, aioli-drenched lobster meat for less than $10.
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When Maine-ly Sandwiches opened up its Shepherd location earlier this year, they were met with tons of local support. That's because they are serving up one of the best lobster rolls in town. At $9.50 for a half sandwich (don't worry, it's big enough), you are sure to walk away pleased. If lobster's not your thing (you crazy, crazy person, you), you can find plenty of other sandwiches, most ranging between $5 to $6 for a foot-long, stuffed with sliced deli meats like turkey, roast beef, and salami. Make it a combo and add a cup of soup and a fountain drink for a few extra bucks. And don't leave without a New England favorite, the Whoopie pie, (less than $2) for dessert.
A chunky bolognese over Paulie's housemade rigatoni never fails to hit the spot.
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Just on the edge of River Oaks lies the mecca of Italian comfort food, Paulie's. The restaurant has been all over the news since owner Paul Petronella opened up Houston's newest wine bar, Camerata, next door. But that's not why we love the place. It's the awesomely priced, deliciously casual Italian food that steals our hearts. Stop by for lunch and get a variety of sandwiches and panini ($5.25 to $9.75), daily soups ($2.50/cup, $4.25/bowl), gourmet salads ($5.50 to $9.50) and smaller portions of housemade pastas ($7.25 to $9.00). We like the traditional Italian Hoagie, served with potato salad, or the hearty veal and ground beef Rigatoni Bolognese. It's just like Nonna used to make.Previous Page
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