For most of us, it started during college, scraping together the coins left over after paying for laundry and, uh, “entertainment,” for a slice of pizza that hadn’t been sitting under a cafeteria heat lamp. But as we aged and gained financial independence, that practice of scavenging for sustenance gave way to the culinary exploration that’s made us Gastronauts.
Yes, we also love dining at Houston’s finest restaurants—who doesn’t? But so often, the biggest flavors and most memorable experiences don’t come with an outrageous price tag. In America’s most diverse city, $10 is nearly guaranteed to buy diners well-prepared eats from around the world, whether it’s fried chicken from Palestine or a Parisian breakfast avec café.
That’s why there’s no excuse to cut corners when going cheap—and why we decided, when curating our guide to the city’s best dining deals for under $10, not to include any fast food spots or big chains from outside the city. Instead, everything in this package is made from scratch (or close to it), with the same kind of care and consideration you’d expect from a much pricier plate.
So here’s to striking out on a few new food adventures in Houston—and to doing it without breaking the bank. Just remember to leave a tip.