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Low-Cost Takes on High-End Houston Favorites

Inexpensive caviar? Yes, and more.

By Alice Levitt May 31, 2016 Published in the June 2016 issue of Houstonia Magazine

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A plate of baby beef liver and onions, plus mac 'n' cheese, green beans, cornbread, carrot-raisin salad, a Dr Pepper and a slice of chess pie, all for $10 at Dinner Bell.

Whether your favorite fashion-mag section is the Splurge vs. Save spread, or you’re simply saving up for that $295 Bling Burger you read about in Esquire, you’ll appreciate these low-cost takes on high-end Houston favorites.

Homemade Pasta

High-end: Lobster bolognese at Tony's, $28

Low-cost: Fettuccine bolognese at Luisa's Pasta, $7.75

Steak Frites

High-end: Filet de boeuf au poivre at Étoile Cuisine et Bar, $38

Low-cost: Hickory-grilled sirloin with fries, salad and pita at Eats Mesquite Grill, $11.95


High-end: Turf-and-surf plate at Trulucks, $65

Low-cost: Combinación mar y tierra at Taqueria el Rodeo de Jalisco, $9.99

Raw Oysters

High-end: Half-dozen Naked Cowboy oysters at State of Grace, $20.70

Low-cost: Half-dozen Gulf oysters at TY Seafood Kitchen, $5.99


High-end: Foie gras breakfast at Triniti, $26

Low-cost: Baby beef liver and onions at Dinner Bell, $7.55


High-end: Ossetra with tempered egg and blini at Restaurant CINQ, market price

Low-cost: Red caviar puffs at Rosinka Wine & Tea House, $8

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