Cheap Eats

Meal Plan: Dining on a College Kid Budget

For the students among us, the best cheap eats near St. Thomas, UH and Rice.

By Katharine Shilcutt May 31, 2016 Published in the June 2016 issue of Houstonia Magazine

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Lunch for less than $5 at Cream Burger


Cream Burger

What to get: cheeseburger + Frito pie + root beer float

What to bring: $4.75 in cash, loose clothing

Old Fashion Hamburgers

What to get: Big Baby cheeseburger + fries

What to bring: $9.20, a friend to split it

La Reynera Bakery

What to get: chorizo breakfast taco + bacon breakfast taco + coffee + empanada

What to bring: $5, willpower

Green Seed Vegan

What to get: buckwheat burger all the way + dill fries

What to bring: $8, your vegan friends

Luigi’s Pizzeria

What to get: slice of cheese + slice of meat lovers + gelato

What to bring: $9.25, your dog

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Morning magic at BB's Cafe in Montrose


Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine

What to get: lamb gyro + garlic potatoes

What to bring: $9, a pack of gum

La Guadalupana

What to get: breakfast torta + almond croissant + café de olla

What to bring: $9, a breakfast date

BB’s Cafe

What to get: Cajun Cowboy breakfast burrito + coffee

What to bring: $7, that term paper you need to finish at 3 a.m.

Al’s Quick Stop

What to get: beef fajita taco + chicken shawarma

What to bring: $8, a few extra bucks for a beer next door at Rudyard’s

Auntie Chang’s Dumpling House

What to get: spring rolls + shrimp dumplings

What to bring: $8.25, a bib

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Bring your crispest newspaper for the patio at Sweet Paris


Thai Spice

What to get: all-you-can-eat lunch buffet

What to bring: $10, a second stomach

Istanbul Grill

What to get: lahmacun + Turkish apple tea + baklava

What to bring: $8, sunglasses, a good book

Sweet Paris

What to get: French breakfast plate + espresso

What to bring: $8.25, a crisp newspaper

El Meson

What to get: picadillo + rice + beans + plantains

What to bring: $10, a lunch date

Pinewood Café

What to get: Build-your-own grilled cheese + tater tots

What to bring: $8, a picnic blanket

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