Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Clear Lake

Expect spiced lamb and authentic tandoori chicken at our No. 5 pick.
Expect spiced lamb and authentic tandoori chicken at our No. 5 pick.
Photo by Dawn M. Simmons

We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town (See the complete list at the end of the post).

This week, we're moving toward the shores to the Clear Lake/NASA area. With plenty of old-time favorites and a couple of newer spots in the mix, here's our list of the best cheap (less than $10) lunch spots that this area has to offer:

Honorable Mention: Soups and sliders at Seabrook Classic Cafe and large-enough-to-split wood-fired pizzas at Boondoggles.

5. Cuisine of India

Clear Lake is clearly (see what we did there) divided when it comes to Indian lunch buffets. You're either a Cuisine of India person, or you're loyal to Mogul. Fortunately for us, we don't have to choose sides, because only Cuisine of India's lunch buffet meets our $10 criteria.

For $9.99, enjoy a lunch buffet featuring a variety traditional Indian fare -- like tandoori and masala chicken, freshly baked naan, fish curry, saag paneer, basamati rice and more.

Find boudin, crawfish etouffee, gumbo and more at our No. 4 pick.
Find boudin, crawfish etouffee, gumbo and more at our No. 4 pick.
Photo by Dawn M. Simmons

4. Abe's Cajun Market

This family-owned meat market and cafe has been serving Houstonians authentic Cajun cuisine for more than 13 years. Get a fat link of Abe's spicy pork boudin ($1.99) along with a side of mac and cheese ($2.99), a cup of creamy and buttery corn-and-crawfish bisque ($4.75cup; $7.50/bowl), or smothered, meaty pork chops over rice ($8.50). The casual eatery also has plenty of salads, gumbos, burgers, and po' boys in addition to a killer Cajun meat market.

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