Low-Cost Lunch at Skewers

Fill 'er up!
Fill 'er up!
Photos by Troy Fields

Skewers -- the subject of this week's cafe review -- is quickly becoming one of my new favorite lunch spots. The newly renovated Lebanese restaurant offers everything I look for in a lunch hour hideaway: quick service, convenient location, good food and the ability to get in and out for less than $10.

Work downtown? It's only a ten-minute trip down Highway 59. Work near The Galleria? A five-minute drive. Work in Greenway Plaza? A two-minute drive. Yeah, you'll have to battle the too-small parking spaces, but just make the girl in the office with a compact car drive. There's always one.

Counter service will get your food to you quickly, and you don't have to bother with a tray. Just place your order and grab a number, and they'll bring it to your table along with a basket of pita chips and the house special, a black olive puree that's like a tapenade sans the garlic. You'll have to refill your own drinks and grab your own silverware, but I'm more than happy to do so -- it means I can eat and drink at my own pace.

And the food. The food is fab.

Yes, you can get wine and beer here, too. Better save that for dinner, though.
Yes, you can get wine and beer here, too. Better save that for dinner, though.

A quarter baked chicken is my standby here, both white and dark meat wondrously moist and tender, and you can get it with healthy sides: green beans that never saw the inside of a can, okras stewed with tomatoes and onions, hummus with a healthy sprinkling of paprika on top.

If you show some restraint and don't add a piece of baklava (it's hard not to when it's only $1 more and it tastes so good), you'll slip out of Skewers for just at $10 for lunch. And $10 buys you not only a lot of food, but a lot of atmosphere.

Low-Cost Lunch at Skewers

You can sit in a quiet booth and zen out during your lunch hour or watch one of the many flat-screen TVs; one of them is usually playing Al-Jazeera for a different world perspective. Or you can sit in the coffee bar area and grab a cappuccino after your meal to fight off the mid-afternoon, post-lunch sleepies. Or, my favorite, grab a spot on the patio and watch the world go by.

Not a bad way to spend a lunch hour. But if you come at night, make sure to stay for the hookahs.

See more photos from Skewers in our slideshow.

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