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.
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.
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.
3. BB's Café
If you're ever in need of an afternoon pick-me-up, you can always transport yourself straight to Nola at this Creole-style eatery. And in true Southern fashion, the prices are right. Feast on $8 bowls of Maw Maw's hearty gumbo and jambalaya, or $7-$9.50 giant po' boys filled with Southern favorites like fried catfish, dressed roast beef, and oysters. Those are sure to fill you up, but if you're willing to spend a little extra, we suggest sharing a plate of the queso-, roast beef-, and gravy-topped fries ($9). You'll never want to leave Nola again.
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This friendly, down-home restaurant has been serving up down-home comfort food since it opened as a grocery, in 1939. The cash-only spot serves lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., so stop by for your fix of classic sandwiches ($3.75 to $6.95; think BLTs and tuna melts) and old-fashioned, messy-as-all-hell burgers smothered in toppings like mac and cheese, habanero sauce, and wasabi pineapple. Don't miss their famous daily lunch specials ($8.95) for cheesy beef enchiladas, chicken fried steak, and Texas hash that will rival even your mama's.
Tucked away in a mini strip mall, this bakery and café is a true Montrose gem, offering hearty Mexican classics at unbeatable prices. Fill up on authentic barbacoa gorditas and sopes ($3.99, $2.50); rich, flavorful pozole ($8.50); green chicken enchiladas ($9.99); or Veracruz-style steamed bass ($9.99). And we haven't even gotten to the good news: The café serves all day breakfast, has fantastic baked goods (try the tres leches and croissants), and is BYOB. Montrose, we think we have ourselves a winner.