Just like most things in Texas, Houston does it big when it comes to food. But who says you have to break the bank to enjoy all the sites this city has to offer? This list features the best cheap eats in Houston.

1. Oishii

Oishii offers small plates of seaweed salad, chicken yakitori, fried pork gyoza, and agedashi tofu. Believe it or not, all these cost under $5. Sushi and sashimi options only cost around $1 to $2 per piece. 

2. Burger-chan


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The burgers at Burger-chan are exceptional! You can also customize your burger according to your preference. The toppings include onion strings, kimchi relish, and charred jalapenos. Toppings cost only $1 each and a two-ounce burger costs around $6. 

3. Lankford's Grocery & Market


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The Lankford’s Grocery & Market menu offers a vast variety of food items that cost under $12. They serve Mexican breakfast dishes like migas, huevos rancheros, and chilaquiles. The menu also includes $5 mimosas and apple or peach cobbler that cost less than $5.  

4. El Rey Taqueria


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Cuban delicacies could sound quite pricey, but El Rey Taqueria makes dreams of satisfying Cuban food cravings come true. There are branches of  El Rey Taqueria all around the town. They offer a Havana plate that includes pork in mojo sauce, vegetables, rice, and black beans and plantains, and it only costs around $12. 

5. Treebeards Restaurant

The branches of Treebeards are all around town and they’re known for affordable, yet delicious dishes. Red beans and rice with link sausage and shrimp etouffee costs just $5 and the fried chicken platter with two sides only costs $10. The butter cake is also in high demand among customers and it is just $3. 

6. Tarka Indian Kitchen

Tarka Indian Kitchen’s menu includes spied lentils, daal, and biryani for around $8. Its most famous dish of lamb vindaloo also costs less than $10. 

7. Tamashi

Tamashi offers ramen bowls for affordable prices in their multiple locations all around Houston. You can choose between shrimp-based broth, tonkatsu, and bone-based broth bowls that only cost about $12. 

8. La Calle


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You can enjoy Mexican delights for affordable prices at La Calle Tacos. An Elote costs $5.99. They offer five Chilinga tacos for $9.99. The Taco Tuesday special at La Calle is any type of taco for just $1. 

9. Aladdin

Aladdin specializes in Mediterranean cuisine and it is some of the best in town. You can leave the restaurant full just by spending $12.99. The meals come with an entrée and two sides to choose from.

10. Tacos Doña Lena


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Even though Tacos Doña Lena is new to the industry, it definitely keeps up with the other taco restaurants. There’s a wide selection of tacos to choose from and the prices are inexpensive.

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