How to Eat for $30 or Less at 5 Upscale Restaurants

Fine dining that won't break the bank
August 6, 2014
by Marcy de Luna

Dine at some of Houston's finest restaurants without breaking the bank. Here are some budget-friendly options at five upscale eateries.

1. Da Marco Cucina E Vino
You may think it impossible to dine on a budget at the prominent Montrose-area restaurant, but we're here to tell you otherwise. Get the three-course business lunch (Tuesday-Friday; 11 AM-2 PM). It comes with a starter, entree and dessert.
Grand total: $29.

2. Brasserie 19 
The Saturday night special, a double-cut pork chop with corn 
purée and braised local greens, at the River Oaks hot spot is a wonderful option for $25. Throw in an order of crispy pomme frites for $5 more.
Grand total: $30.

3. Damian's Cucina Italiana
A reasonably priced meal at the Midtown staple isn't hard to come by. Start with the peppers and anchovies appetizer (grilled sweet peppers marinated with extra virgin olive oil, capers and chilled anchovies) for $8, followed by the spaghetti with Mama Mandola meatballs (pictured) for $16. The heavenly cannoli is a must for dessert ($6).
Grand total: $30.

4. Bistro Provence
The French eatery in Memorial offers a hearty bowl of boeuf cocotte camarguaise (tomato, red bell pepper and beef stew with carrots and black olives) for only twenty bucks.
Grand total: $20.

5. Tony's
The posh Greenway Plaza restaurant serves a $23 express lunch menu. Start with soup or Italian chopped salad (assorted salami, provolone, reggiano and parmesan vinaigrette). Then choose tomato fonduta ravioli with green garlic ristretto and shaved asparagus, seared speckled trout in a blood orange emulsion with lump crab or — for an extra $6 — char-grilled hanger steak with pomme puree. Dessert includes gelato or praline cheesecake.
Grand total: $23-$29.

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